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Road Trip! 5 Spring Mountain Destinations in Driving Distance of SF

Mammoth Spring Skiing - San Francisco Escape

Spring Break is typically celebrated on the beach, but these five mountain locations less than 350 miles from San Francisco can give you a unique spring trip experience. Whether you want to do some spring skiing, drink and dine, hike and bike or mellow out in a hot spring, these mountain destinations are close to home.

Last Call: Still a Few Days to Ski in Tahoe

Don’t pack your skis or snowboard away quite yet.

Telluride - the New Hotspot for Fresh Snow and Good Eats

Telluride the New Hotspot For Fresh Snow and Good Eats

Forego Route 80’s Tahoe-bound traffic, and escape to Telluride, Colorado with your sanity intact. Here the slopes are still rugged and untamed, and the southwestern climate ensures light, fluffy snow. With runs so pristine, you won’t want to leave the mountain—and with so many restaurants and cafes, there really is no need.

Pop Outerwear: Snow Tested, City Approved

Pop Outerwear: Snow Approved, City Approved

In the Bay Area, the lines between outdoor gear and city wear are blurry. There aren't many other places where you see an abundance of North Face jackets at bars and Lululemon pants on the bus. Come winter, when weekend warriors take a powder to get to powder in Tahoe, their clothes must be snow tested and city approved. Enter Pop Outerwear, a San Francisco-based company that designs for “the 9-to-5'ers that dream of snow.”

Buy Lift Tickets Online for Less with Liftopia

Buy Lift Tickets Online for Less with Liftopia

Snow is coming! Snow is coming! Winter is finally returning this week to blanket the mountains with the fluffy white. Still, with less than ideal conditions, it seems absurd to pay full price for a lift ticket. The solution? Liftopia

Lack of Snow Allows Rare Access to Yosemite's Ski Hut

Every week, we'll be featuring a guest post from the travel writers behind Worth the Drive, a blog featuring nearby getaways, festivals, and sweet travel deals on NBC Bay Area

Tahoe's Northstar Changes Its Name

Goodbye Tahoe. Hello California.

That’s the track Northstar resort is taking after the recent decision to make an adjustment to its moniker.

“There was a massive line of debate on whether we should make the change,” said Bill Rock, the resort’s chief operating officer. “But (the change) is a statement of where the brand is going.”

So, instead of going to Northstar-at-Tahoe, a popular Truckee-area destination for San Francisco snowsports enthusiasts since its opening in 1972, skiers and snowboarders will now be making tracks at Northstar California (that little star logo seen around the resort has been tweaked a bit as well).

Shred USA: Tahoe Mountains Open for the 4th of July

There's a first time for everything. After a historical season, novelty skiing — and riding — will be in full effect this Fourth of July in Lake Tahoe. If May skiing didn't satiate your snow appetite, there's more, lots more. The last time I spent the 4th in Tahoe I tubbed down the river, wakeboarded, and hiked. This time, I can do all of the above...and SKI.

Tahoe For Kids (or Fraidy Cats)

The typical Tahoe weekend plan goes like this: Scramble to get as much work done by noon on Friday as is humanly possible, then load up the car, cross the Bay Bridge, and pray you'll make it to Truckee in less than six hours. If there's snow, chains, or an accident anywhere along the route, settle in for the long haul. Spend Saturday skiing and drinking, wake up Sunday with an altitude-hangover headache, and reverse the trek on Sunday.

But what if you've got kids in tow—and not the kind of superhuman toddlers who can whiz down a blue slope in their baby skis at 30 mph, but regular, old-school carpet crawlers who just want some snow angels and sleds?

Dreaming of Skiing? Non-Stop Service to Mammoth Mountain Starts Tomorrow

Fantasizing about carving through powdery snow and catching air on your badass new pair of skis? Starting tomorrow, quit dreaming and hop on a United Airlines flight straight to Mammoth Mountain, because the airline is now offering non-stop service to the ski resort starting at a mere $188, all the way until April 24th, 2011!

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