With the ski and snowboard season already underway at a pair of California resorts– we’re looking at you, Boreal and Mammoth – every other resort in the state wants to get in on the action. Here’s the latest information we have on opening dates:
Alpine Meadows: scheduled Dec. 13
Boreal: open since Nov. 6
Diamond Peak: scheduled Dec. 12
Donner Ski Ranch: TBA
Heavenly: scheduled Nov. 22
Homewood: planning for early December
Kirkwood: scheduled Nov. 22
Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe: scheduled Nov. 22
Mt. Shasta Ski Park: TBA
Northstar: scheduled Nov. 22
Royal Gorge: TBA
Soda Springs: TBA
Squaw Valley: scheduled Nov. 27
Sugar Bowl: planning for late November or early December
Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area: scheduled Nov. 29
Tahoe Donner: scheduled Dec. 13
Badger Pass: scheduled Dec. 13
Bear Valley: TBA
China Peak: TBA
Dodge Ridge: TBA
June Mountain: scheduled Dec. 13
Mammoth Mountain: open since Nov. 7
Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center: TBA
Bear Mountain: TBA
Mountain High: TBA
Mount Baldy: TBA
Snow Summit: TBA
Snow Valley: TBA
Winter Park launches its 74th season on Wednesday at 9 a.m., making it the longest continually running resort in Colorado. The amount of ski runs and lifts open will vary depending on the amount of snow on the ski slopes.
Line up early for the First Chair Banner Blast and Season of the Seven giveaways.
Red Bull MXT truck playing music at the base.
Aprés ski deals at Doc’s Roadhouse and Derailer Bar.
2-for-1 tuning passes at Winter Park Resort Rentals.
With a brand new high-speed quad and high-speed six pack, you can experience Whistler/Blackcomb in a whole new way. The Crystal Ridge Express and Harmony 6 Express provide faster access and more freedom than ever before, allowing you to spend more time exploring the 8,171 acres of skiable terrain.
Book by Nov 15 to take advantage of big savings on your next trip to Whistler/Blackcomb. With up to 42% off at select hotels, you won’t want to miss out on these specials. Valid for travel in the 2013-14 ski season, certain conditions apply
First chair this morning at Mammoth Mountain. (Mammoth Mountain Ski Area photo)
The ski and snowboard season at Mammoth Mountain is under way.
The resort has a base of 12 to 18 inches, and three lifts were operating, servicing six runs and 1,500 vertical feet of terrain including several park jumps and features. Conditions are expected to improve dramatically with nighttime lows dropping into the 20s – prime temps for snowmaking – and an approaching storm that may bring natural snow early next week.
Today was the opening act on a weekend that will include live musical performances, film premieres and a host of parties and competitions. More information about what’s going on this weekend is available here.
While we couldn’t make the trek up the 395 today, we’re enjoying the photos of skiers and boarders who did. >>>
Who’s got first chair? In less than 24 hours, Mammoth Mountain will open for the 2013-14 ski and snowboard season.
There’s a solid base depth of 12-18 inches of natural and manmade snow and chairs 1, 6, and 11 are expected to run, according to a resort spokeswoman. The Unbound Terrain Parks crew is building a jump, a handful of jibs, and a small playground area in Main Park.
The weekend will be packed with live music by LA Riots and Shiny Toy Guns, movie premieres, parties and more.
Opening day festivities include the traditional Broadway Express banner breakthrough, a speech by Mammoth CEO Rusty Gregory, and the annual toast on the Main Lodge sundeck with a specialty 60th anniversary beer provided by the Mammoth Brewing Company.
The first 100 guests lined up at Chair 1 on Thursday morning will receive a free lift ticket. Skiers and boarders arriving later can take advantage of $60 lift tickets Thursday through Monday.
In anticipation of a Nov. 22 opening day, Heavenly Mountain Resort has fired up the West Coast’s largest snowmaking system and has begun making snow at the top of the Gondola and on California Trail.
“We’ve enjoyed a long fall season, but with the drop in temperature, it’s time to focus on preparing for winter and begin making snow, ensuring we have the quality early season conditions our guests have come to expect from us,” said Pete Sonntag, vice president and chief operating officer of Heavenly.
Heavenly’s extensive snowmaking system is capable, under optimum conditions, of producing three-and-a-half feet of snow across one acre in an hour and can cover 73 percent of the resort’s 97 trails in machine-made snow.
“The inconsistency of natural snowfall during the last two seasons has really proven how valuable snowmaking can be for the overall experience on the mountain, and at Heavenly, our focus really is on providing reliable snow conditions that our skiers and riders can have confidence in. You don’t need to bring out your old, rock skis or boards at Heavenly during the early season,” said Sonntag.
Heavenly kicks off the party on Nov. 22, with opening day and the first Unbuckle at Tamarack après party of the season. Unbuckle takes place daily from 3:30-5:30 p.m. with a live DJ, half-priced drinks, giveaways, food specials, lots of dancing and, exclusively on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, the lovely Heavenly Angels.
The party continues past opening day with Winter Ignite, featuring Unbuckle après parties, the Heavenly Angels and a special performance by DJ Porter Robinson at Mont Bleu on Nov. 30.
Dust off your skis and snowboards! Mammoth Mountain chairlifts start running on November 7. The first 100 to the mountain will ski for free on opening day. But if you can’t get up that early here’s some specials.
In honor of Mammoth’s 60th Anniversary, they’re offering two great Opening Weekend deals:$60 lift tickets – Thursday-Monday, Nov 7-11 Book Now
$60 off your stay at any Mammoth Lodging Collection property Book Now
Opening Weekend Schedule:
Opening weekend activities will include the traditional Broadway Express banner breakthrough, a speech by Mammoth CEO Rusty Gregory, and annual toast.
Enjoy live music, food, and drinks on the Main Lodge sundeck during the day, and an electric party at The Underground Lounge each night. Here’s the lineup:
Thursday, November 7
7am – Coffee & Cocoa served at the base of Broadway Express (while supplies last)
8:30am – 1st Chair of the 13/14 Winter Season at Broadway Express!
11am – Annual Toast on the Main Lodge Sundeck
11:15am – Live music by Lava Moon on the Main Lodge Sundeck
7pm – Opening Weekend Mixer at Underground in The Village
Friday, November 8
1:30pm-4:30pm – Live music by Lava Moon on the Main Lodge Sundeck
Royal Gorge, North America’s largest cross country resort, has launched a new and improved website at www.royalgorge.com.
Features include improved navigation, video and image gallery, dedicated webcam page, and a more detailed grooming and weather report. Visitors also will enjoy an enhanced trail map, detailed information on trail and season passes, a calendar of special events and clinics, and other timely and relevant information from the resort.
With 200km of groomed trails spanning 6,000 acres of land atop Donner Summit, complete with six distinct track systems and eight warming huts, there’s lots of winter adventure for skiers, skaters, striders, snowshoers, snowkiters and even fat tire snowbikers.
Sugar Bowl Resort is in its second year as owner/operator of Royal Gorge.
Mother Nature brought some early snow to Mountain High in late October. (Mountain High photo)
Mountain High this winter will be unveiling more than $1 million in improvements, which include a new Rossignol Experience Center, an expanded Children’s Sports Center, and new snow cats and terrain features.
A big part of that expenditure is more than $300,000 in snowmaking improvements. The resort should be able to make snow faster than ever with the addition of six new Super PoleCat fan guns from SMI and one swing-arm fan gun from Technoalpine. The SMI Super PoleCat snowmakers are big throw, simple nozzle fan guns that are fully automatic and perfect for all temperature conditions. Plus, the extended reach of the Technoalpine swing-arm snowmaker means the Mountain High can place the snow exactly where it’s wanted, even in windy conditions.
Gone are the days of employees hiking up the mountain to adjust snow guns with a wrench and prayer. These guns are fully automatic so they adjust themselves based on the conditions. They can be dialed down to make heavier base snow or dialed up to create champagne powder. Some guns can even be activated by remote control.
Mountain High operates one of the largest snowmaking systems in the country and is continually striving to increase its coverage and efficiency while reducing overall fuel consumption. This is no small task, so for the better part of 10 years, Mountain High has been adding electric fan guns, installing new compressors, and retrofitting its exiting hydrants to perform at peak capacity. The current system is now 30 percent more efficient than it was a decade ago, allowing Mountain High to make more snow than ever using fewer resources.
It is being run by a new captain, Eric Loveng, formerly the assistant snowmaking manager, who has 20 years of snowmaking experience spread between Mountain High and Snow Valley.