Nevada City: A “Snowless” Escape

THOUGH KNOWN FOR ITS LEAF PEEPING, Victorian Christmas and pristine swimming holes in the South Yuba River, historic Nevada City also is an extraordinary winter getaway. Though usually below the snow line, Nevada City is only a one-hour drive to ski resorts on Donner Summit, including Sugar Bowl, Boreal and Royal Gorge, North America’s largest […]

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 […]

Rainbow Lodge for sale again but reopening June 5 for summer

The iconic Rainbow Lodge at Soda Springs is up for sale again but is reopening for the season on June 5, our magazine has learned. The asking price is $1.975 million. According to the website, the Rainbow is “reopening June 5.” A sign on the side of the building announces that it is up for […]

Sugar Bowl: Fresh & Local Skiing

“STEEPED IN TRADITION AND MODERN in amenities” is the motto of Sugar Bowl Resort, which has been California owned and operated since 1939. This past year alone Sugar Bowl invested more than $20 million into widespread upgrades, including a new chairlift that opens an entire peak to lift-served skiing. The Crow’s Peak chairlift, a triple, […]

Squaw and Alpine to offer passholders free skiing at Sugar Bowl for 2014-15

Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows have partnered with Sugar Bowl to give their passholders skiing privileges at Sugar Bowl and Royal Gorge Cross Country for the 2014-15 season. The partnership represents a new era as independent resorts continue to partner to offer incredible value for their season passholders. The new partnership with Sugar Bowl gives […]

Exclusive: Rainbow Lodge sold to Rocklin couple

The iconic Rainbow Lodge at Royal Gorge has been sold to a couple from Rocklin who intend to run it as before, our magazine has learned. The new owners plan to open the lodge in February and the restaurant and bar in the spring. The lodge had been closed and up for sale after a […]

Royal Gorge is open for cross-country skiing

Royal Gorge Cross Country, North America’s largest cross country resort, opened for the season on Monday, December 9. The resort offers about 40 kilometers of groomed cross country trails for skiers after more than 20 inches of new snow fell on the resort over the weekend. When fully open, Royal Gorge has over 200 kilometers […]

Ski resorts splurge on upgrades

OUR FAMILY SKIED AT Northstar when it opened in the ‘70s. We were suburban teens (think “That ‘70s Show”) and our parents rented a condo. We hit the slopes in K2 skis and “stars- and-stripes” powder pants. It was a glorious vacation. Much has changed (including skis and ski fashion) since Fibreboard Corp. opened Northstar […]