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Vail Resorts executive leaves for new role at Steamboat Ski Area

October 16, 2017 — Ski industry veteran and hospitality executive Rob Spence has been named Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.’s new vice president of food and beverage. Before joining the Steamboat Springs team, Spence was the vice president of mountain dining for Vail Resorts, based in Broomfield. But Spence,

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Public input sought on draft Truckee River Corridor Access Plan

October 16, 2017 — The public is invited to weigh in on a proposed plan that outlines recreation and public lands access improvements along the Truckee River between North Lake Tahoe and Truckee. A community meeting is scheduled from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at which Placer County

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Arapahoe Basin once again country’s first ski area to open, marking start of 2017-2018 season

October 15, 2017 — Arapahoe Basin Ski Area opened to a crowd of thousands on Friday morning, Oct. 13, becoming the first ski area in the country to open full-time and marking the start of a season featuring new expansions and upgrades at resorts statewide. As 9 a.m. approached,

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Forest Service campgrounds begin closing at Tahoe this weekend

October 15, 2017 — Lake Tahoe’s campgrounds, beaches, picnic areas and roads will begin closing for the winter this weekend, according to the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. Campgrounds on National Forest lands in the Tahoe Basin managed by Tahoe Recreation, a division of California Land

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California Avalanche Workshop slated for Saturday in South Lake Tahoe

October 13, 2017 — Longtime South Lake Tahoe resident Todd Offenbacher will attend the 4th annual California Avalanche Workshop  on Saturday, Oct. 14, with a heavy heart. Offenbacher, a Sierra Avalanche board member, adventurer and guide, lost a friend this past weekend related to a Montana snowslide that claimed

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Snowmaking operations begin at Vail Mountain; upgraded chairlifts near completion at Vail and Beaver Creek

October 9, 2017 — Vail Mountain kicked off its snowmaking operations on Golden Peak early Saturday morning, Oct. 7, beginning a ramp up to the 2017-18 season that will, as always, rely on the dual powers of Mother Nature and manmade technology. Vail is scheduled to open for the

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Colorado ski industry adds teeth to climate change talk

October 9, 2017 — Last week in Keystone, Colo., a modern-day prophet on climate change addressed a room of several hundred High Country residents as they chomped away at their breakfasts, daring each of them to accept a simple challenge. “I’m asking you to save civilization,” he said unabashedly.

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As baby boomers leave slopes, millennials fail to fill gap

October 9, 2017 — Ski resorts expect older, wealthier individuals who have the time and money to ski more. What is not expected is as that generation retires from skiing, fewer youth replace their spots on the chair lifts. Jim Powell, vice president of marketing at the Park City

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Tahoe ski resorts way down list of SKI magazine’s reader survey

October 9, 2017 — SKI magazine released its annual “Best in the West 2018” reader-ranked survey in late September and zero Lake Tahoe-area resorts appear in the top 15, and just three made the top 30. But it’s better to be on the list than not. There are four

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This is what October powder skiing on Loveland Pass looks like

October 9, 2017 — On Oct. 3, eager skiers and snowboarders trekked out to Loveland Pass in Summit County for some early season powder turns. Nearby ski area Arapahoe Basin had received 19 inches of snow in two days as of Oct. 2. The conditions were cold enough for

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Lake Tahoe’s kokanee salmon are spawning in Taylor Creek — and you shouldn’t miss it

October 7, 2017 — As the trees begin to change colors in Lake Tahoe, so do the salmon. Taylor Creek, one of the alpine lake’s 63 tributaries, is flush with bright-red kokanee salmon swimming upstream for spawning. “They are turning from blue-silver, which they are in the lake, to

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Indian Creek campground closes Oct. 9

September 30, 2017 — The Bureau of Land Management campground adjacent to Indian Creek Reservoir will close for the season noon Oct. 9. The campground will be closed throughout the winter, with a scheduled reopening approximately May 4, 2018. The east side of Indian Creek Reservoir will still be

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Snowmass climbs to No. 4 in Ski magazine’s survey; Aspen Highlands 8th

September 28, 2017 — Snowmass ascended to one of its highest rankings ever in SKI magazine’s annual readers’ survey while Aspen Highlands soared into the top 10 and Aspen Mountain took a mysterious dive. Snowmass was ranked fourth overall for western North America resorts in the top-15 survey, which

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Heavenly Mountain Resort targeting Nov. 17 opening for 2017-18 season

September 26, 2017 — Heavenly Mountain Resort is targeting Nov. 17 as its opening date for the 2017-18 winter season. Heavenly Senior Communications Manger Kevin “Coop” Cooper is cautiously optimistic about a strong winter, but he said Monday, Sept. 25, that a pre-Thanksgiving opening is obviously up to Mother

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The race is on: Snowmaking operations begin at Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Ski Area

September 26, 2017 — Each year, there's a friendly competition between Summit County's two highest ski areas, Arapahoe Basin and Loveland, for who will start snowmaking first. This year, it was a tie, and an early one at that. Snow guns at both ski areas started blasting late Sunday

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Steamboat Ski Area lift chairs sell out in 28 minutes Monday morning

September 25, 2017 — Twenty-eight minutes is all it took for Steamboat Ski Area to off-load 100 chairs from the original Storm Peak Lift. “We expected this sale to be really popular, and it was,” said Loryn Kasten, senior communications manager for the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. “Unfortunately, our

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Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest shooting ban lifted Oct. 1

September 24, 2017 — Recent moisture and predicted cooler temperatures has prompted the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest's Carson Ranger District to lift its temporary shooting restriction effective Oct. 1. Licensed hunters are always allowed to hunt on the district in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations. "We want

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Tahoe named top spot for an affordable fall vacation

September 18, 2017 — Tahoe is a great place for an affordable, adventurous fall getaway, according to a TripAdvisor Rentals company. FlipKey, a vacation rentals marketplace, named Tahoe one of the “12 Best Adventure Towns For An Affordable Fall Vacation” in August. The article estimates that a two-bedroom rental

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Is social media ruining Lake Tahoe’s wilderness?

September 17, 2017 — Scroll through the hashtags #laketahoe or #tahoesnaps on Instagram, and you’ll find over a million photos of people hiking, mountain biking, kayaking or just lounging on a beach in the Tahoe Basin. More than ever people are getting out into nature, and in most cases,

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Lake Tahoe 2017-18 winter forecast: ‘Be ready for everything’

September 13, 2017 — Could the snowfall on Friday, Sept. 8, on mountain passes off Highway 88 be a sign that we’re in store for another heavy winter? Skiers, snowboarders, and other winter sports enthusiasts surely hope so. On the other hand, those still traumatized from the constant shoveling

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