Let it snow: A weekend winter wonderland ahead

A winter storm moved through Northern California, finally bringing snow to the Sierra. Another system is expected to bring more snow over the mountain. It is well timed for skiing, XC skiing, riding, snow-carving contests and Super Bowl parties. The HGTV Dream Home in Truckee also is open to tours. The new snow is going […]

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 […]

New snow: Winter wonderland for skiers, riders, sledders and sightseers

About 1 1/2 to 2 feet of new snow blanketed Truckee-Tahoe ski resorts on Friday, creating the best skiing conditions of the season and a winter wonderland. Resorts that reported major snowfall included, Boreal, Sugar Bowl (opening today with powder conditions), Northstar California, Squaw (Squaw Creek lift is expected to open today), Heavenly, Kirkwood, Sierra […]

Sugar Bowl Resort to open December 7, thanks to new snowfall

Sugar Bowl Resort will open for its 74th season with top-to-bottom skiing and riding on Saturday, December 7 at 9 a.m. A recent storm dropping 10” new snow, colder snowmaking temperatures and a favorable forecast calling for more snow later this week allowed resort management to announce that the iconic resort atop Donner Summit will […]

Tahoe-Truckee ski areas expect bigger snow dump Friday — extend discounts

It’s snowing hard at Truckee-Tahoe ski resorts, and much more is on the way later this week. Ski areas also are extending their discounts. The deadline for the lowest price on an “Epic Pass” (which includes Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood) has been extended until Friday. The deadline for the lowest price on the “Tahoe Super […]

Walt Disney’s pioneering role at Sugar Bowl

Disney’s new movie “Frozen” — a magical winter tale — is a reminder of Walt Disney’s pioneering role in helping his friend, Austrian skiing champion Hannes Schroll, open the Sugar Bowl ski area in the Sierra Nevada in the late ’30s. It is a little-remembered chapter in Disney’s life but a milestone for our region. […]

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 […]

Snow falling at ski areas ahead of Halloween — new chairlifts, food trucks and more

“It’s snowing! Good morning from the Village at Northstar” was the report on the ski area’s Facebook page. Other ski areas throughout North Tahoe and Truckee also reported snow, and their webcams showed the mountains blanketed in highly noticable layer of “white stuff.” (See photo of Northstar Village firepit above). The last time snow blanketed […]

Auburn: Après Ski in a Gold Rush Town

AUBURN IS FAMOUS FOR ITS gold mining history. What’s less known, is the city’s leading role in bringing skiing to the Sierra. The Auburn Ski Club was formed in 1928 by resident Wendell Robie. At Cisco Grove, the Auburn Ski Club built ski jumps, ski trails and a lodge (much of it now covered by […]

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 […]

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