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Jeffrey Weidel

Mt. Rose Ski Resort celebrates 50 years

Although now just an amusing footnote in the annals of Mt. Rose Ski Resort history, old-timers can recall a time when this mountainous area in the Carson range was quite the winter battleground. Starting in the mid-1960s and continuing for more than two decades, one side of Slide Mountain was Slide Mountain Ski Resort, while […]

Banzai Tour this weekend at Alpine Meadows

Banzai Tour Stops Alpine Meadows: Feb. 21-22 Kirkwood: March 7-8 Sugar Bowl: March 14-15 It’s quite a mixture of skiers and riders of all levels, gathering for a fun and competitive experience on the slopes, where they get to experience a legitimate racing environment. Now in its fifth year, the Rahlves’ Banzai Tour is billed […]

Common sense safety tips on the slopes

Ski resorts nationwide are participating in National Safety Month this month with the goal of educating skiers and snowboarders about being safe and practicing common sense on the slopes. The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) believes education, helmet use, respect and common sense are vital for everyone to understand when cruising down the mountain. Every resort, […]

Holiday snow meant positive cash flow for Tahoe

There’s no doubt Lake Tahoe depends heavily on the ski season to help fill its hotels, restaurants and casinos in hopes that a trail of cash that gets left behind and is spread around throughout the region’s business community. And there was no more important time for that than during the recent holiday season. Thanks to […]

The dos and don’ts of buying new skis

Attention all you budget-conscious types. Let’s face facts – change is required. It’s time to ditch those archaic skis and get hooked up with a new pair. Yes, it is hard pulling the trigger, especially when your bank account isn’t overflowing with excess cash and the old skis still provide adequate transportation. But if you […]

Boreal open; Sierra awaits more snowfall

Editor’s note: On its Website Tuesday, Sierra-at-Tahoe reports 18 inches of snow on the upper portion of the mountain but needs more to open. Boreal just expanded its terrain and has three lifts, nine runs and the 6+ terrain park in operation.  There are no golf balls heading along the shortly trimmed grass that grows […]

Resort openings and tips for skiing attire

Opening days • Boreal Mountain: Nov. 18 • Northstar California: Nov. 21 • Heavenly Montain Resort: Nov. 21 • Mt. Rose: Nov. 21 • Kirkwood Mountain Resort: Nov. 22 • Squaw Valley: Today • Sugar Bowl: Today *Both Boreal and Mt. Rose opened briefly earlier this month Although no major snowstorms have descended on Northern California and left […]

Old Greenwood a classic Jack Nicklaus design

TRUCKEE — The illustrious name alone – Jack Nicklaus – draws golfers to this scenic course in Lake Tahoe. And for most golfers, after they play a round at the Nicklaus-designed track, they vow a return trip to Old Greenwood. That was the case for Larry Ballew and his son Marcus, who played Old Greenwood for the first time […]

Relaxing alternative to Lake Tahoe

PORTOLA, Plumas Co. — For all its inherent beauty, mystical waters and gorgeous mountain vistas, highly touted Lake Tahoe can be one congested vacation spot in the summer months. If avoiding crowds and experiencing a big dose of serenity is the goal, head north of Tahoe for the 45-minute drive to the Graeagle region, where the great outdoors abounds […]

Tahoe area well represented at Sochi

Not only is Lake Tahoe one of the finest ski and snowboarding regions in the country, it also produces some of the nation’s top skiers and riders. That’s evident as the 2014 Winter Olympics near as nine skiers and riders from Lake Tahoe ski resorts compete in Sochi beginning Friday. Here is a look at […]

Kashima retains Olympic goal

Like many aspiring Olympic athletes, Sho Kashima has experienced his share of setbacks. The worst was a knee injury just prior to the key qualifying time period for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. That ranks right at the top for Kashima, who has skied at Heavenly Mountain Resort in Lake Tahoe since his skis were […]

Rahlves’ Banzai Tour returns to area

Feb. 8-9: Kirkwood Mountain Resort Feb. 15-16: Squaw Valley March 8-9: Alpine Meadows March 15-16: Sugar Bowl Resort LAKE TAHOE — Lake Tahoe’s most popular racing series — the Rahlves’ Banzai Tour — is back, with ski and snowboard racing in its purest form. The 2014 Rahlves’ Banzai Tour, presented by Bank of the West, […]

Tahoe Donner caters to families, beginners

TRUCKEE — Tahoe Donner certainly isn’t one of the first places people think of when they consider skiing or snowboarding in Lake Tahoe. Located off Interstate 80 and five miles from Donner Lake, Tahoe Donner has a modest downhill terrain of 120 skiable acres, accessed by two lifts and 14 trails. Its base elevation rests […]

Mother Nature must deliver more snow

At the top of the list each season is the inevitable question skiers, snowboarders and anyone involved in a ski-related industry desperately wants to know: Will it be a good year for snow? The answer for Lake Tahoe ski resorts and their visitors the past two winters has been … no – as in definitely […]

Skiing: Tuning up for the snow season

Handy tips: • Conditioning: Get in proper shape • Stretch: Make sure your body is loose • Know Your Limits: Proceed with caution. Work on form, not speed • Check Your Gear: Get skis/board tuned. Check boots/clothing/essentials Aside from Boreal, which is already up and running, Lake Tahoe ski resorts are doing their preparatory work […]

Golf or relax at Tahoe resort

LAKE TAHOE — The picturesque, panoramic view can be seen from practically any room at the stately Ritz-Carlton Hotel, located about mid-mountain at Northstar California ski resort. Late spring provides quite the contrast to the winter months when the mountain is covered in white sheets of snow and skiers and snowboarders are seemingly everywhere. The […]

Nakoma Resort on the upswing

Editor’s note: Freelance journalist Jeffrey Weidel makes regular contributions to the Mountain Democrat during the winter season reporting on the various area ski resorts. Occasionally, Weidel provides writeups on spring and summer locales as is the case here with a trip he took to the Dragon  Nakoma Golf Resort & Spa. Majestic pine trees are […]

Make your day(s) visiting upscale Carmel

Editor’s note: Freelance journalist Jeffrey Weidel makes regular contributions to the Mountain Democrat during the winter season reporting on the various area ski resorts. Occasionally, Weidel provides writeups on spring and summer locales as is the case here with a trip he took to Carmel, the location Ponderosa golfer Corey Pereira will visit in early […]

Squaw Valley shines as U.S. race hosts

SQUAW VALLEY — The colorful Olympic rings reside in a prominent location for all to see, providing an unmistakable reminder that Squaw Valley ski resort once held the worldwide spotlight. Hosting the 1960 Winter Games certainly put Squaw Valley and the unknown Lake Tahoe region on the radar for skiers and snow enthusiasts. Squaw Valley […]

Enhanced image as skiing makes comeback

That edgy, bad-boy image that accompanied the arrival of snowboarding more than three decades ago has faded and opinions now vary regarding on who owns the edgier image and desired “cool factor.” “If you’re not on one board, you’re not cool,” said Rick Andersen, a Bay Area teenager who was snowboarding recently at Heavenly. Though Anderson’s […]

Jeffrey Weidel: Banzai Tour challenges skiers, boarders

Ever wonder what it might be like to challenge an Olympic skier on a downhill run? That opportunity could come in March. And the man to beat is none other than U.S. Olympian Daron Rahlves. The Daron Rahlves’ Banzai Tour returns in 2013, culminating with five people racing down a steep, edgy, roller-coaster type terrain […]

Jeffrey Weidel: Treetop Park

Although it’s definitely winter time in Lake Tahoe, all the cool activities are not confined to the snow. At Granlibakken Resort on Tahoe’s West Shore, groups of kids and adults are taking time off from snow sports to enjoy some fun in the trees. That’s right, trees! North Tahoe Adventures, in partnership with Granlibakken Resort, […]

Rahlves Banzai Tour begins this weekend at Kirkwood

Ever wonder what it might be like to challenge an Olympic skier on a downhill run? That opportunity could come in March. And the man to beat is none other than U.S. Olympian Daron Rahlves. The Daron Rahlves’ Banzai Tour returns in 2013, culminating with five people racing down a steep, edgy, roller-coaster type terrain […]

Learn responsibility, abide by the rules on slopes

Considering the large crowds that will visit Lake Tahoe ski resorts this season, it might be wise to review what is deemed safe and what is considered dangerous behavior on the slopes. This isn’t new information. Ever heard of the Responsibility Code? Every resort, large or small, follows the same seven safety guidelines, which are […]

Northstar’s 40th birthday bash tomorrow

Shaun White will be hosting NORTHSTAR — Snowboarder-extraordinaire Shaun White will be at Northstar California ski resort this Saturday. But his famed long, red locks will not. If you can’t pick out White in a crowd on Saturday, no worries. The professional snowboarder looks a little different after getting his hair cut Tuesday, donating the […]

Winter tune-up for the slopes

The ski resorts are performing their due diligence as the curtain rises for another season. But the lingering question is – what are you doing to prepare for a season of skiing or riding? Getting ready for the season is something winter sports participants of all levels should consider. Not quite sure on the game […]

Changes taking place at Tahoe resorts

ALPINE MEADOWS: Challenging mountain, favorite of locals, which speaks volumes about the terrain. Location: Highway 89, six miles west of Tahoe City Elevation: Base 6,835; Summit 8,637 Adult lift ticket: TBA Lifts 11; Trails 100-plus Phone: 530- 583-4232 Website: skialpine.com BEAR VALLEY: Friendly resort that caters to families. Location: Take Highway 4 to Bear Valley Elevation: Base […]

Northstar at Tahoe’s resort golf won’t break the bank

This ski resort takes on an entirely different persona in the summer months. Life moves very slowly at Northstar California, arguably the top destination ski resort in Lake Tahoe. Of course, there are no skiers or snowboarders hustling toward the lifts this time of year. Northstar’s famed Village is one laid-back summer spot, especially in […]

Weekend getaway: Carson City’s small-town charm

Where to Eat -Adele’s Restaurant: Creative dishes and great ambiance adelesrestaurantandlounge.com -The Basil: Flavorful Thai entrees presented with a flair thebasilrestaurant.com -High Sierra Brewing Company: Tasty deep-dish pizza, multiple micro-brewed beers highsierrabrewco.com -Red’s Old 395 Grill: Great choice in BBQ ribs, hand-cut steaks reds395.com Where to Stay -Holiday Inn Express: Quiet hotel on edge of […]

Snowmaking was a lifesaver

It became an increasingly depressing sight, a constant reminder that the 2011-12 ski season lacked one crucial ingredient – natural snow. It’s one thing for Lake Tahoe ski resorts to receive late-arriving snowfall – it happens. But this year the snow came ridiculously late. “We had spring in winter and winter in spring,” laments Diamond Peak […]

Shaun White Superpipe draws crowds at Northstar

NORTHSTAR — This ominous, 22-foot high superpipe frequently acts as a magnet. Both snowboarders and skiers of all levels are drawn to this portion of the mountain at Northstar California ski resort, where they love to peer down the enormous chute that measures more than 500 feet in length. Skiers and riders stare in amazement […]

Patience, practice keys to becoming an expert skier

Five tips to master the slopes 1. Your most important and versatile piece of equipment is your pole. A good pole touch is a box of tricks that encourages timing, balance, good biomechanics, aggression, turning power, tactics and ultimately, a progression to expert terrain. 2. Upper/lower body separation. Though your skis may be completing a […]

Lake Tahoe ski resorts offer numerous lift ticket deals

Perhaps this year more than any recent one, the lack of snow has left Lake Tahoe ski resorts anxious to get more skiers and snowboarders interested in a trip to the slopes. While the overall attendance numbers are down this year, it’s not from a lack of persuasion. Practically every resort is currently offering a […]

February 27, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 1 Reply

Lake Tahoe’s smaller ski resorts offer more family-friendly atmosphere

Today’s larger ski resorts offer high-speed lifts, on-mountain fine dining, slope-side condominiums, and retail space that some strip malls would envy. Many skiers and snowboarders find themselves routinely heading to the more heralded Lake Tahoe resorts, rarely contemplating a visit to more modest locations. The preference seems to be — big names, big amenities. And […]

Lake Tahoe ski resorts survive without real snow

When skiers and snowboarders were amazingly making their final turns last season on Fourth of July Weekend, Squaw’s scenic upper mountain had enough snow that five lifts and the cable car were still operating. Fast forward to the first week of 2012 and boulders are prevalent, many trees are fully emerged, and there is only […]

January 11, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 1 Reply

Homewood expansion gets OK from governing board

It took five years and a final marathon, nine-hour meeting to get the project approved but all the hard work by expansion advocates seemed worthwhile when the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Governing Board recently approved the first phase of the Homewood Mountain Resort Ski Area Master Plan. The plan certainly won’t happen overnight. The master […]

Junk items the latest craze at some ski resorts

What’s currently one the best ways for ski resorts to keep snowboarders coming back frequently to visit their terrain parks? Providing an array of what some might consider junk. Junk in this case includes cement mixers, propane tanks, discarded gondola chairs, satellite dishes, tractor tires, wrecking balls, and assorted other seemingly throw-away items that many […]

Preparation will enhance enjoyment of ski season

Keys to Preparation Conditioning: Start a training regimen; you will enjoy the sport more if you’re in shape. Check Your Gear: Get skis or board tuned. Also check boots, clothing and other essentials. Stretch: Being flexible is a great way to avoid both soreness and injury, especially annoying minor ones. Know Your Limits: Proceed with […]

Lake Tahoe ski resorts hoping for encore

PROJECTED OPENINGS Alpine Meadows: Dec. 10 Website: skialpine.com Boreal Mountain Resort: Season began Nov. 4 Website: borealski.com Diamond Peak: Dec. 15 Website: diamondpeak.com Donner Ski Ranch: TBA Website: donnerskiranch.com Heavenly: Nov. 18 Website: skiheavenly.com Homewood: TBA Website: skihomewood.com Kirkwood: Dec. 5 Web site: kirkwood.com Mt. Rose: Nov. 23 Website: skirose.com Northstar-at-Tahoe: Nov. 18 Website: skinorthstar.com Sierra-at-Tahoe: TBA Website: sierraattahoe.com Soda Springs: TBA Website: skisodasprings.com Squaw Valley: Nov. […]

November 18, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 1 Reply

Homewood Mountain Resort plans expansion

  LAKE TAHOE — Considering the crowd that has congregated on a busy Monday last winter at Homewood Mountain Resort, Shayne Kline felt lucky to have secured a small table where he and his young son could eat lunch. Powder days tend to draw a crowd, even on a Monday. And there was certainly some […]

Handy tips for buying new skis

Attention all you budget-conscious types. Let’s face facts – change is required. It’s time to ditch those archaic skis and get hooked up with a new pair of shaped skis. Yes, it is hard pulling the trigger, especially when your bank account isn’t overflowing with excess cash and the old skis still provide adequate transportation. […]

Historic Granlibakken provides unique winter experience

Although its hill is extremely modest and barely garners a mention among Lake Tahoe’s many famed ski resorts, for several decades Granlibakken was known as the only winter playground in the entire Tahoe basin. Never heard of Granlibakken? That’s not surprising. Drive too swiftly along scenic Highway 89 on Tahoe’s scenic west shore and it’s […]

Timely storms make this season one to remember

In the advertising world, identifying the appropriate product and developing a marketing scheme behind it is standard procedure. In some respects, ski resorts are just like any other business. They are selling products and services to their customer base and promoting them through advertising to further enhance sales. However, the guessing game for the ski […]

Book review: Tahoe author’s critical look at the ski industry

To some people, Jerry Goodman has lived quite the enviable life. He’s resided in Lake Tahoe for much of his adulthood, owns a home on 1½ acres, and literally walks to his favorite ski resort any time he gets the urge to challenge the mountain at Heavenly. Goodman is one of many people profiled in […]

Cross country skiing offers fitness and scenic views

There are spectacular views at many of the ski resorts in the Lake Tahoe region. But do many people really take the time to look around and marvel at the beauty? In the more hustling, crowded environment of Tahoe’s downhill resorts, which typically attract large crowds of skiers and snowboarders, the splendor of the Sierra […]

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