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IVGID Tip: Getting prepared for Tahoe ski season

The views of Lake Tahoe ona powder day at Diamond Peak are pretty hard to beat.

Now that fall has arrived, Tahoe is buzzing with talk of snow, pow days, snowboarding and skiing. Locals and visitors are counting down the days and watching the squirrels in attempt to predict how this winter may fare.

Let's be honest though — the weather man has often led us astray so the best thing to do is wait in anticipation, get in shape, and be ready when the snow flies.

Here are few things you can do to get ready for ski season:

1. Inventory and inspect your gear. Pull out your winter apparel and equipment to make sure it's all there and intact. Have your family try on their ski clothes to make sure they still fit well and don't have any holes. Take a trip to our local ski shops to replace anything that's outworn, outgrown, or out of style. Bring your equipment with you so they can do a full inspection and preseason tune. They'll scrape off any rust that formed during this moist summer and get it all waxed up and ready to go.

2. Buy your season pass. Many resorts have already started upping their pass prices so don't delay. Remember, IVGID Picture Pass holders receive discounted rates on Diamond Peak season passes which are on sale at early bird rates through October 31. If you're on the fence, remember that Diamond Peak season pass holders get tons of perks like discounts, parties, and this year 16 bonus tickets, four each at Boreal Mountain Resort, June Mountain Ski Area, Homewood Mountain Resort, and Red Lodge Mountain. View a full list of perks, details and restrictions on DiamondPeak.com.

3. Get in ski shape. Do activities or workouts that focus on a combination of cardio, strength, flexibility, and balance. Biking, hiking, trail running, paddle boarding and tennis are all great outdoor activities you can do right in our backyard. There's also a Winter Sports Conditioning class starting up October 13th at the Incline Village Recreation Center that includes group drills, circuits, tips and a "Ski or Boarding fit" assessment. Get more information about this class on the Group Fitness page at InclineRecreation.com.

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Remember, any day on the mountain is a good day and winter will be here before we know it.

"Tip of the week" is a bi-weekly feature running in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, in partnership with the Incline Village General Improvement District, providing locals with various tips pertaining to the recreation opportunities and services the district provides. This tip was provided by Jaclyn Ream, Diamond Peak Ski Resort Marketing Coordinator. Visit DiamondPeak.com or call 775-832-1177 for more information.