What’s new?: Homewood doubles snowmaking capabilities | SierraSun.com

What’s new?: Homewood doubles snowmaking capabilities

2018-19 signature events

Jan. 20 — The Very Best Day to Learn How to Ski or Ride

Ski lessons include specials, free hot chocolate, s’mores, live music, giveaways and more.

March 7 — Community Cup

All ages and abilities community race.

March 21-22 — Beer & Gear

Local brands, bands, and breweries join forces for fourth annual event.

March 28 — Pride Ride

Second annual event features festivities on and off the mountain.

Since 1961, Homewood Mountain Resort has offered skiers and riders unobstructed views of Lake Tahoe and some of the region’s best tree skiing.

Sitting on Tahoe’s West Shore, the resort will enter the 2019-20 season with expanded snowmaking capabilities, new snowcat guide and backcountry training, new food offerings at its South Base and more.

“Our team is excited to get back on the snow and to welcome the community of skiers and riders looking for an authentic ski experience back to Homewood,” said Kevin Mitchell, Homewood Mountain Resort’s general manager, in a news release. “We’ve focused our investments in snowmaking and grooming this year, with the intention of ensuring our guests are skiing and riding some of the best conditions in Tahoe all season long.”

Homewood features eight lifts and 67 runs on 1,260 acres.

Expanded Snowmaking

Homewood Mountain Resort has new access to water resources, according to the resort, which will double its snowmaking capabilities and will allow the mountain to open more terrain earlier.

Homewood also purchased a new PistenBully winch cat, which will allow grooming on some of the resort’s steepest terrain.

Training options for the public

For the first time, Homewood will offer snowcat guide and backcountry training to the public, through its partnership with the North American Ski Training Center.

Participants will learn basic safety protocols, according to the resort, along with rescue techniques, and avalanche hazard awareness and management. American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education Level 1 Avalanche Training will be offered Jan. 7-9. Backcountry training will be offered Jan. 18-19, and Feb. 8-9, and snowcat guide training will take place March 15-17.

Pass options

New this season, Homewood’s Ultimate Pass will include complimentary ski days at more than 20 partner resorts, including four days of skiing at Diamond Peak, and two days of skiing at Tahoe Donner. Price of the Ultimate pass for adults is $679. There’s also an option for returning pass holders and locals from Meeks Bay to Tahoe City. The Loyalty Pass costs $629 and also offers free ski days at more than 20 partner resorts. Employees of Lake Tahoe basin and Truckee businesses are also eligible for locals pricing with current pay stub.

Reducing single-use plastics

Last season, according to the resort, more than 1,900 single-use water bottles were purchased in Homewood’s North Lodge.

In an effort to reduce the sale of plastic bottles, the resort has installed a water bottle refill station in the North Lodge. The resort will also sell reusable water bottles at its food and beverage outlets.

For more information on Homewood or to purchase passes, visit http://www.SkiHomewood.com.

Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Contact him at jscacco@sierrasun.com or 530-550-2643.