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mETICKET offer ends Monday

Skiers and snowboarders can now save up to $16 off the retail price of a Heavenly lift ticket. Offering skiers and snowboarders the opportunity to pre-purchase three to 12 days of skiing or snowboarding at substantial savings, the mETICKET is Tahoe’s most economical and flexible frequent skier program.

Offered by the American Skiing Company and Heavenly Ski Resort, the mETICKET allows skiers and snowboarders to customize the price they pay depending on how often they plan to ski and/or snowboard.

Adults can pre-purchase three to five days of skiing or snowboarding for $47 per day (a $10 savings per day); six to eight days for $44 per day (a $13 savings per day), nine to 11 days for $42 per day (a $15 savings per day), and 12 days for $41 per day (a $16 savings per day).

Juniors (ages 6-12) and seniors (ages 65 and over) can ski or snowboard for as little as $25 per day. Not only is the mETICKET good any day of the season, including holidays and weekends, it is also honored at all nine American Skiing Company resorts, including such well known resorts as Steamboat, Colorado and Killington, Vt.

The frequent skier program is available for a limited time only. The mETICKET cards can be purchased before Dec. 4, by logging on to http://www.meticket.com.

Firsttimers ski free

Lake Tahoe ski resorts Alpine Meadows, Boreal, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Squaw Valley USA and Sugar Bowl will partner Dec. 9 and 10 for the region’s inaugural “Free for First-Timers” weekend. For two days, each resort will offer free ski and snowboard lesson packages to children and adults new to skiing and snowboarding. The lesson packages will include a beginner group lesson, use of rental equipment and a beginner-access lift ticket.

The purpose of “Free for First-Timers” is to introduce new skiers/snowboarders to the fun of each winter sport. The region’s intention is also to demonstrate that lessons are a valuable tool in learning to ski and snowboard. People new to skiing or snowboarding often underestimate the value of a lesson and attempt to learn the sport on their own. The result is typically a frustrated person who chooses not to try skiing or snowboarding again.

When taught by a professionally certified instructor, new skiers/snowboarders will learn skills at their own pace in a safe and comfortable environment.

“Free for First-Timers” lessons will be offered at varied times throughout each day at Alpine Meadows, Boreal, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Squaw Valley USA and Sugar Bowl. Private lessons and full- and half-day children’s ski school/day care programs are excluded from the “Free for First-Timers” weekend.

For more information, visit http://www.tahoefun.org or call one of the participating resorts: Alpine Meadows, 583-4232; Boreal, 426-3666; Northstar-at-Tahoe, 800/466-6784; Squaw Valley, 583-6985; Sugar Bowl, 426-9000.

Cross country ski deals offered

Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area in Tahoe City is offering multiple buyer discounts for season passes. Regular pass rates are $250 for one; $445 for two adults. There are additional discounts for three adults buying together.

Ten-ticket packs are available for $110, a savings of $50. Tahoe cross-country dog ski program has expanded to 7.5 km, available Sunday afternoons through Friday. Dog passes are $45. Family passes are also available.

For more information, call 583-5475 or visit the Web site at http://www.tahoexc.org.

Snowfest offers Gold Ticket

So much snow, so little time. That’s the delicious dilemma facing the enthusiast at Lake Tahoe, a place blessed with the greatest concentration of ski resorts m North America.

What better way to take advantage of Tahoe’s grand collection of slopes than with the Snowfest Gold Ticket.

The Gold Ticket is unlike any other season pass you’ll own. It is fully transferable, and can be shared with friends, family and business associates.

The Gold Ticket is valid Monday through Friday and weekends throughout the Snowfest two week winter festival. Multiple tickets may even be redeemed on the same day.

The Gold Ticket allows instant access to the Olympic runs of Squaw Valley USA, the historic slopes of Sugar Bowl, the unmatched views of Diamond Peak, and the pristine trails of Royal Gorge, North America’s largest cross country center.

The affordable Gold Ticket includes 34 days of mid-week downhill and cross country fin at Donner Summit and North Lake Tahoe Resorts.

Priced at $360 (a $1,000 face value) the Gold Ticket also offers valuable discounts at area ski shops.

Buy your Gold Ticket now and be entered automatically into the Snowfest’ Grand Drawing. The drawing contains over 100 raffle prizes, including travel, skis, dining, and much more.

Proceeds from Gold Tickets benefit the nonprofit production of Snowfest. The annual winter festival visits North Lake Tahoe Feb. 23 to March 4, 2001.

For more details on the Gold Ticket call 775-832-7625, or visit http://www.Snowfest.com.


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