Reed Travel Features
LAKE TAHOE, Nev. -- With the abundance of snow in the Sierra
Nevadas, adventurous clients bound for the Reno-Tahoe area can take
advantage of some of the finest outdoor recreation activities in
This year, a number of North Lake Tahoe ski resorts are
showcasing new and improved offerings for outdoor sports
enthusiasts visiting the Sierra Nevada mountains.
On the Nevada side of North Lake Tahoe, Diamond Peak completed
two major capital improvements for this season.
The property installed a new chairlift, which replaces a
30-year-old double chair.
The chairlift will service existing beginner and advanced
Diamond Peak also installed its third Launch Pad
conveyor-loading system at the base of the new Lodgepole Quad
Chair. The Doppelmayr system, which allows for easy chairlift
loading, is the only one of its kind in the U.S.
Other improvements at Diamond Peak include a newly renovated ski
rental and repair shop, two new shuttle buses, a new grooming
vehicle and additional snowmaking equipment.
At Mount Rose, also on the Nevada side of North Lake Tahoe,
enhancements include new snowmaking equipment and improvements to
its food service facility to augment customer service and provide a
larger menu selection.
Other improvements include additional rental equipment and
upgrades to the Pony Express kids-only terrain garden.
Mount Rose also has plans to implement a new North Lake Tahoe
North Lake Tahoe ski resorts on the California side also are
showcasing improved facilities and services this season.
Alpine Meadows has turned an eye toward the snowboard market.
The resort, which opened its mountain to snowboarders this season,
features a K2 Snowboard Center complete with a full line of lesson
The property also has a new six-passenger, high-speed chairlift
that can carry 2,400 skiers and snowboarders per hour from base to
At Northstar-at-Tahoe, intermediate-level and above skiers and
snowboarders can take advantage of free lessons, which run every
hour from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the week and every half hour
from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the weekends and holidays.
The lessons are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
The resort also is offering parents a free one-hour clinic
designed to show them how to get the most out of skiing with their
Other new offerings at Northstar include an overnight ski and
snowboard storage area, a paved overflow parking area, enhanced
terrain runs and a new half-pipe for snowboarders.
The property also created a young adult category for lift ticket
Skiers ages 13 to 22 can purchase a ticket for $37 per person,
and children ages 5 to 12 pay $10 per person.
This summer, Northstar is expected to complete the Brookside
building, which will house a state-of-the-art rental shop, 20
lodging units, retail space and a first-aid station.
Enhancements at Royal Gorge include a new warming hut offering
free hot chocolate and tea. With the addition, the cross-country
ski resort now has 10 huts.
The resort also added a sleigh to its fleet, which takes
Wilderness Lodge guests deep into the trail system.
In celebration of its silver anniversary this year, Royal Gorge
is offering an event or clinic each weekend and lift ticket
promotions on Tuesdays.
At Ski Homewood, new grooming machines have enabled the property
to enhance and perfect the runs at the resort as well as finish a
train park for snowboarders.
Squaw Valley USA installed a new lighting system last summer,
which enables freestyle skiers and snowboarders to stay on the
slopes until 9 p.m. daily.
Other improvements include a new fixed quad chairlift, which
replaced the Exhibition and Searchlight chairlifts.
The new lift services the beginner/intermediate Exhibition
terrain as well as a new beginner run.
With improved lift capabilities, Squaw Valley USA guarantees "no
waiting in line."
Sugar Bowl has enhanced its offerings significantly as a result
of its five-year, $24 million expansion program.
New offerings under the program include a high-speed quad
chairlift that climbs to Mount Judah at an elevation of 8,200 feet
in four minutes.
The resort also opened 400 acres of new intermediate terrain,
with 10 runs and access to the Mount Judah Bowl.
Additionally, the resort is equipped with more snowmaking
machinery, which will cover 35 more acres of terrain.
Other elements of the expansion that already have been completed
include the addition of 400 parking places at the base of Mount
Scheduled for completion this summer under Sugar Bowl's
expansion plan is phase one of the new Mount Judah Day Lodge.
The first phase includes 16,000 square feet of food and beverage
facilities, rental areas, retail outlets and ticket operations.
For more information on North Lake Tahoe's offerings, agents can
call the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association at (800) 824-6348.