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Truckee resorts offer winter deals

Paul Raymore

While Truckee-ites have been out enjoying the warm weather, local ski resorts have been preparing for the 2003-04 season with a number of new programs and capital improvements.

Resort managers hope for another early start to the season, and many are prepared with snowmaking equipment if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate.

Sugar Bowl:

Sugar Bowl resort looks forward to the new season with an additional 500 slope-side parking spaces at Mt. Judah Lodge.

Adding to the convenience of the expanded parking facilities is the new interim 7,000 square-foot Mountain Sports Learning Center, which will include ticketing, rentals and lessons under one roof.

Also under summer construction is the new Village Hall, which will bring together Sugar Bowl’s homeowners and ski team under one roof. Plans include meeting rooms and video training areas for athletes, as well as a commercial kitchen and entertainment center for homeowners and guests.

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On the hill, Sugar Bowl plans to offer snowboarders and skiers an increased variety of terrain park features including new rails, boxes and jibs.

Lead grooming supervisor Jesse Collins brings expert knowledge and a laid-back attitude to his sculpting duties. “From beginners to the pros, I like to design and sculpt something for everyone. Quality is what’s important to me,” he said.

Season pass deals include the Slightly Restricted Pass, valid Sunday-Friday, with holiday blackout dates. Adult passes go for $359, Youth passes (ages 12-22) $259, Senior passes (ages 60-69) $259 and Child passes (ages 9-12) cost just $99, with all prices set to increase after Oct. 31.

Skiers and boarders who make it to down to South Lake Tahoe may be interested in the new Sugar-Wood Powder Pass. Sugar-Wood pass-holders will have privileges at both Sugar Bowl and Kirkwood with differing restrictions based on age. For more information on Sugar Bowl season pass prices visit http://www.sugarbowl.com.

Squaw Valley:

Squaw is also offering skiers and boarders the chance to save some money by buying passes early.

An adult season pass, which normally sells for $1,599, is now available for $1,339. Adult midweek passes have been discounted to $829, a savings of $46 off the regular price.

Squaw hasn’t forgotten the kids, with child full season passes going for $285 and junior full season passes costing just $437.

More season pass prices as well as information about lodging deals and special events can be found online at http://www.squaw.com.

Squaw is tentatively planning to open Nov. 22, if weather conditions cooperate.

Northstar:

Northstar has upgraded their terrain park with additional rails created by Terrain Park Designer Chris Gunnarson. They are also moving their signature park to the Logger’s Loop run to allow more space for skiers and riders to enjoy the features.

With the recently completed $2.5 million upgrade to their snowmaking system, Northstar now has the capacity to make snow over 50 percent of its developed trails and the entire superpipe, allowing them to open early and maintain a good base through dry periods.

Following up the successful first season of the Double Whammy Pass, valid at both Northstar and Sierra-at-Tahoe, Northstar is again offering the dual mountain pass for a discounted price until Sept. 30.

Prices begin as low as $289 for an adult pass and $69 for a child pass. For more information on this and other season pass prices see http://www.skinorthstar.com.

Boreal:

This season Boreal is introducing the iRIDE card. Available online or at Boreal resort, the free iRIDE card allows participants to ski or ride for two days and get the third day for free. In addition, Boreal is now offering a new College Student Season Pass for $99.

Certain restrictions apply, but this pass should make the season’s skiing or riding a bit cheaper for the cash-strapped college students out there.

In addition to the new season pass deals, Boreal looks forward to the opening of the relocated half-pipe which has moved front and center at the resort for easier access. More information about ticket prices and season pass deals is available online at http://www.rideboreal.com.

Alpine Meadows:

Alpine Meadows is offering skiers and riders a couple of new season pass options that should allow for more time on the hill for less money.

This year, youths between the ages of 13-22 can purchase a full unrestricted season pass for $199 until Sept. 30. On Oct. 1 the price goes up to $499.

New for adults this season is the Adult Midweek plus Sunday pass which comes with some restrictions, including the usual holiday blackout dates, and is being sold for $649 until Sept. 30, or $899 after that.

For information on these deals and more check out http://www.skialpine.com.