Ski Resorts 2.0: Resorts reinvent themselves

LIKE A NORMAN ROCKWELL PAINTING, the old-school ski experience — focused on skiing all day, in deep snow, and après ski in long johns — has become a thing of the past. Ski resorts are reinventing themselves in the face of global warming, competition and changing demographics. More of them are “weatherproofing” their businesses to […]

Gold Rush towns: Pairing food and wine with winter sports

THOUGH MOUNTAIN RESORTS ARE appealing, some people would rather stay out of the deep snow and take easy day-trips to the slopes. In Colorado, Après Ski Denver now has a following. Here’s a locals’ secret in the Sierra foothills—historic towns such as Nevada City, Grass Valley, Auburn, Sutter Creek and Plymouth are all less congested […]

Drought encourages Tahoe to focus on year-round activities

WE LOVE CELEBRATING OUR REGION’S year-round lifestyle centered around farm-fresh food, fine dining, local wine and beer, art and music and outdoor recreation — and it’s becoming a bigger draw for vacations, staycations and relocations. Tahoe and Truckee have deep roots in winter sports, going back to Sugar Bowl in the ’30s and the 1960 […]

Après Ski in the Foothills

THOUGH MOUNTAIN RESORTS ARE APPEALING, some people would rather stay out of the snow and take day-trips to the slopes. Après Ski Denver now has a following. Here’s a locals’ secret in the Sierra foothills— Nevada City, Grass Valley and Auburn are “snowless” escapes—but only a one-hour drive to Sugar Bowl Resort and Royal Gorge […]

Woodward Tahoe Director Phoebe Mills is an Olympic judge in snowboarding

Phoebe Mills, the director of Woodward Tahoe at Boreal Mountain Resort in Nevada County and a 1988 Olympic bronze medalist in gymnastics, is working in Sochi as a judge for snowboard’s halfpipe and slopestyle. Mills, 41, is the only American on the six-judge panel that will score the halfpipe and slopestyle competitions at the 2014 […]

More Tahoe-Truckee ski resorts plan to open Friday (video)

A small storm is expected to bring some fresh snow to the Tahoe-Truckee ski resorts by mid-week. The snow-making machines are cranked up. Some resorts are going to open on Friday. Here are the planned openings: Boreal Mountain Resort: Open Heavenly Lake Tahoe: November 22 (Friday) Northstar California: November 22 (Friday) Squaw Valley: November 27 […]