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Sierra in a record-setting mode during holidays

Column by Sam Bauman

Holiday ski business was definitely tops this season. Sierra-at-Tahoe comes in with a late report, noting that while the number of skiers was about the same as last year, due to improved facilities 18 sales records were broken over the holiday period. Clearly, that results from giving the skiers and boarders what they want.

While Heavenly doesn’t give out figures on sales, it seems that almost a quarter-million lift tickets were sold for the first quarter, well ahead of projections. That certainly should give American Skiing Company headquarters back East, where snow has been scanty, a day of feel-good stuff.

Boreal checked in with a record-shattering holiday season as well. As of this week Boreal was 46 percent over the five-year average. Tubing at Boreal’s sister resort Soda Springs is booming with the largest tube operation around going full blast through the holidays. Sledding is also going well at Playland, another innovation in snowsporting at ski resorts.

At Squaw Valley, the parking lots were packed over the holidays as the new Funitel went into operation. Yet to run is the lift connecting High Camp and Gold Coast. The Grand Opening of the Funitel will be Friday, Jan. 15 at 10 a.m. Be there, they might serve a glass of bubbly.


Lauren Thomaselli, PSIA III level, will hold her three-day Women’s Workshop beginning this Monday Jan. 11. It’s for all levels of skiers and includes three lift tickets, continental breakfasts, morning stretch and warm-ups, lunch daily on the mountain, video analysis, tech talk and apres ski refreshments.

The price is $399 and you can register by calling (775) 586-7000, ext. 5206.

Lauren knows her business and is able to communicate well. She’s also a lot of fun to ski with!


The Peak will host a $10 community benefit ski day Jan. 10. To take advantage of the offer, pick up a ticket coupon from Incline Village shops first.

The benefit is supported by the Parasol Foundation which will donate the day’s proceedings to the Lita Hill Fund. Lita, 3, was diagnosed with cancer on Thanksgiving and needs the community’s spiritual and financial help to offset upcoming treatments.

There will be a free concert on the sundeck at noon.

Participating shops include Village Ski Loft, Blue Water Grill, Village Pub, Hacienda de la Sierra, Hyatt Lake Tahoe, T’s Rotisserie, Porter’s Ski & Sport in Incline Village, Village Ace Hardware and Crosby’s Grill & Pub.

This is the kind of benefit that we all are happy to support!


Well, some say he lives and if he does he might just show up at Mount Rose Saturday for the annual Elvis Day. Come in costume and you might win a prize. A sure prize is the skiing in the back bowl (near Slide Mountain) at the Rose. Plenty of bumps, groomed blues and trees to weave through.


The ‘star is offering a bunch of clinics, including:

— A three day men’s ski workshop Jan. 13-15 for intermediate and above skiers, cost $259. Includes video analysis, three-day lift ticket and 2-plus hours of instruction daily.

— A women’s three-day workshop at the same time (unisex maybe?). The cost is $295 and includes all of the above plus a nutrition-fitness lecture, two meals, two apres ski parties and is for intermediates and above.

— Snowboarders aren’t forgotten as Jan. 21-24 are the dates for the ABK Snowboard Camp. This includes all clinics, unlimited instruction, lift tickets, video analysis, lunch daily, an apres board party (something new in name at least) and one dinner. Cost is $480. Phone (415) 927-8835.

— Telemark clinics are scheduled for Jan. 31 for the beginner to the advanced tele skier. Site is mid-mountain at the resort. The cost for beginner tele skier is $48 per person and includes use of gondola and Bear Paw chair. For the intermediate tele skier, the price is $72 and includes all-day lift ticket. For the advanced, the cost is $72 and includes lift ticket and advanced techniques. Phone (800) Go-North.


Alpine Meadows is offering a six-week recreational skier/snowboarder race series Jan. 21 through Feb. 25. All names are tossed in the hat for raffle prizes. Competitors accumulate points weekly for a final giveaway at the end of the series. The fee is $15 for registration or $50 for entry plus lift ticket. Sign-up is 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the competition desk in the main lodge. Phone (530) 583-4243.


Veteran avalanche instructor Dick Penniman will present a lecture on the subject in Reno Jan. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sierra Mountain shop. The cost is $20 per person, cheap if you consider learning about avalanches could save your life. Phone (775) 358-4824.

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