Squaw Valley is reporting its highest season snowfall on record (which dates back to 1970) this year as the resort nears the 700-inch milestone (they're at around 690 inches now). The last season that was this snowy was 1994-1995, which weighed in at 662 inches. To herald the snow gods, Squaw Valley is extending its 2011 ski season through Memorial Day Weekend (May 30) and offering a Spring Pass for $199, valid from April 4 through the end of the season. If you've already purchased a 2011-2012 season pass, you can add on the Spring pass for $129.
Winter is back. Snow has returned to the Sierras with a vengeance—the mountains are expected to be blasted with 3 to 5 feet by Friday. All that new-fallen powder has got the Bay Area thinking skiing, and us turning our attention once again to Squaw Valley, which changed management this season after being owned by the founding Cushing family for nearly 60 years.
Don't write this off as a hokey hippie retreat—last year's inaugural Wanderlust Music and Yoga Festival was hands-down the coolest summer music experience in Northern California. Starting today, you can downward dog to your heart's content, learn firsthand what acroyoga is all about and get a grand dose of music in the great outdoors.
Sure, it may sound slightly contradictory—meditative chants and focused warrior poses juxtaposed with beer and indie beats—but after experiencing this weekend's Wanderlust festival firsthand, I was eager to defend the bohemian concept to all my cynical friends. I was scoffed at for attending such a "crunchy" event, but I am NOT a tie-dye wearing yogi and this affair was NOT the hippy-dippy peacefest that skeptics made it out to be. A little reminiscent of Burning Man, maybe, but I'm choosing instead to coin it more of a new age kind of lovefest. Downward dog with yoga hotshot Shiva Rea by morning, folky tunes with Jenny Lewis and Gilian Welch by day and party with fire dancers and DJs by night—Wanderlust proved to be an exercise of balance on all levels.
1. Sierra at Tahoe
Sierra’s 3-Pak lift ticket deal saves you $20 a ticket and limiting blackout date frustration. With February being Boeger wine tasting month—complete with free tasting Thursday’s from 3-4pm—we wouldn’t blame you for taking a mid-week sick day.
2. Northstar at Tahoe
Playing hooky gets even better with Northstar’s T.G.I. Thursday’s. Enjoy dining deals like $3 drafts and fish tacos and free entrees for Mom’s among the many restaurants in the Village. And with the Double Whammy pass, you can ride both Sierra and Northstar starting at $379 for the season.
Now that we're finally getting the shivers, let's all take a deep breath of cold, cold air. For many Bay Area skiers and snowboarders, this storm has quelled the nervous wait. Our prayers were granted; our snow dances were answered. There will be skiing and snowboarding this year in the Sierras, and just in time for Christmas. Hallelujah!
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