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Take your daughter to the Northstar slopes

In conjunction with ski resorts across the nation, Northstar-at-Tahoe will celebrate “Take Your Daughter to the Snow” week, Jan. 29 through Feb. 4. Daughters of all ages are invited to spend the week at Northstar enjoying several snowsports deals.

Mothers and daughters can enjoy a mountain of fun together with a variety of special promotions.

With the purchase of an adult lift ticket or an adult First-Time Ski or Snowboard lesson package, daughters will receive a free First-Time Ski or Snowboard lesson package.

Other promotions include a free child’s cross country ski or snowshoe rental package with the purchase of an adult rental package, a single-seat snowmobile tour upgraded to a tandem tour, two-for-one tubing, two-for-one snowtoys rentals, and a free on-mountain photograph from Sharpshooters. With the purchase of lunch at Timbercreek or Pedro’s restaurants, diners will receive a coupon for a free ice cream cone at The Village Food Company.

Northstar’s “Take Your Daughter to the Snow” week promotions are valid only for parents and their daughters or grandparents and their granddaughters. Certain restrictions apply with each promotion.

For more information, call (800) GO-NORTH or visit http://www.skinorthstar.com.

Squaw opens snowtubing park

Squaw Valley USA will open its new Far East Family Snowtubing Center on the resort’s lower mountain, Jan. 13. Adjacent to the new Far East Express Chairlift at the eastern edge of Squaw Valley’s main parking lot, the tubing hill offers families a chance to fly by the seat of their pants over bumps, jumps and rolls.

The snowtubing facility at High Camp will continue to be in operation. For more information about tubing at Squaw Valley USA, call 583-6985 or visit http://www.squaw.com.

Seniors ski free at Tahoe Donner X-Country

Those 70 and over receive a free trail pass to Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area. Each Friday beginning Jan. 12, meet at Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area’s lodge at 10:30 a.m. for introductions, stretching and some skiing tips.

Then groups, based upon ability and interest, will form to go skiing together for a couple of hours. Bring a sandwich and have lunch after skiing with your friends. Each week, a half-hour lesson will be given by one of Tahoe Cross Country’s ski instructors. Special rental and trail pass rates are given to group participants. For more information, call 583-5475.

Alpine debuts Platinum Club

New at Alpine Meadows for winter 2001 is the Platinum Club – a season pass that gives the passholder not only unlimited skiing and snowboarding, but a plethora of added value benefits.

Besides the unlimited access of a full season pass, Platinum Club members enjoy additional benefits including unlimited complimentary high-performance demo ski rentals, free complete equipment tune-ups, complimentary group lessons, preferred parking, dining discounts and quite possibly the best of all – no waiting in lift lines.

Brushing up on your skills? Take advantage of unlimited lessons. Skis a little slow? Drop them off for a wax at Alpine’s professional tuning center. Busy holiday weekend? Cruise to the Platinum Club’s preferred parking area!

Platinum Club membership prices are as follows: Individual or first parent, $2,500; child 12 and under, $1,500; and spouse or second adult, $2,000. In order to purchase a child Platinum Pass, an adult Platinum Pass must be purchased.

For a complete list of Alpine Meadows Platinum Club benefits, call 581-8321 or visit http://www.skialpine.com.

XTeam Advanced Clinics coming

When the XTeam Advanced Ski Clinics come to Squaw Valley USA, Jan. 26-28, skiers will learn to identify their own personal freak-out points and then learn the skills necessary to reach beyond their fears and make that next turn with confidence.

The clinics are led by extreme skiing greats Dan and John Egan, Eric and Rob DesLauriers and Dean Decas. But these coaches won’t ask you to huck carcass off a cliff – if you’re not ready.

The XTeam welcomes advanced-intermediate and expert skiers of all ages. Each skier defines her or his own learning goals. Ability-level grouping and a low coach-to-skier ratio (1-to-8, maximum) allow for highly personalized instruction.

Clinic topics may include steeps, powder, crud, bumps, couloirs, trees or air. Coaches shift from group to group so each skier gets training from every coach.

For more information about XTeam Advanced Ski Clinics at Squaw Valley USA, call (800) Xteam-70 or visit http://www.skiclinics.com.


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