Below the snow belt: Satellite ski towns

“SATELLITE SKI COMMUNITIES ARE THE new dream,” according to Powder magazine Though a little farther from the ski slopes, so-called satellite ski towns still have easy access, a vibrant cultural scene, and are more affordable. The foothills is blessed with an abundance of them: AUBURN ExploreAuburnCa.com Auburn helped bring skiing to the Sierra. The Auburn […]

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 […]

Nevada City: Festivals & Fall Foliage

NEVADA CITY IS AN IDEAL PLACE FOR VIEWING FALL COLORS, in the leafy, Victorian neighborhoods surrounding the historic downtown and just outside of downtown. “Leaf peeping” venues near town include Hirschman’s Pond, redolent of a golden pond in New England; the Deer Creek Tribute Trail, honoring the contributions of native Nisenan; Independence Trail; the wild […]

Five Tahoe ski resorts have more than 300 inches of snow

“Last season, not one Tahoe ski resort broke the 300 inch mark all season,” according to Snow Brains. “This year, we have five California ski resorts above 300 inches, and it’s only February.” Sugar Bowl has 361 inches of snow, Boreal has 311.5 inches, Sierra-at-Tahoe has 310 inches, Northstar has 307 inches, and Kirkwood has […]

What’s new at Tahoe ski resorts in 2016

LAKE TAHOE’S 2015-16 WINTER SEASON is in full swing. Visitors can enjoy new terrain parks, a new high-speed ski lift, and awesome après ski dining experiences: Mountain Improvements NORTHSTAR CALIFORNIA RENOVATES GONDOLA Skiers and snowboarders experience improved mountain access this winter with Northstar’s newly revamped Big Springs Express Gondola. The mountain tram connects The Village […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Free Sugar Bowl lift tickets with stay at Sierra Mountain Inn

Nestled in the heart of California’s Gold Rush Country, the Sierra Mountain Inn is an ideal retreat for business and vacation travelers alike. It is a small, family-owned, non-smoking Inn. It is located in the center of Grass Valley, CA, just minutes away from historic downtown, with fantastic shops, restaurants and entertainment of both Grass […]

Explore the Sierra’s High-County Heritage

THE SIERRA NEVADA WAS recently named one of the world’s most beautiful mountain ranges, joining the Himalayas, Andes and others by UnofficialNetworks.com, a skiing website. “The Sierra is home to three national parks, 20 wilderness areas and two national monuments,” it observed. The Sierra offers world-class winter activities, not to mention spectacular views from Lake […]

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