Winter resort fun winding down |

Winter resort fun winding down

As far as continuing operations at ski areas, there’s some good news and some not so good news. Closed for the season is Homewood Mountain Resort on the southwest side of Lake Tahoe. Homewood has had a good season and under new ownership we can look forward to a better season next year.

Also closing this weekend is Max Jones’ Spooner Cross Country area. Spooner, too, has had a good year with the area’s two Alpine cabins rented almost every day. The cabins will be available through the summer so if you’re looking for a wonderful place to spend a night at Tahoe, Spooner’s the place.

Royal Gorge Cross Country Resort will close April 25 after a successful season as North America’s largest X-C area. The area will be closed during the coming week but reopen for the weekend.

Diamond Peak will close for the season this weekend, April 18. Lot of snow up there still but not enough customers to keep things running.

The closings, of course, are not because of a lack of snow; there are feet and feet of the stuff around. But somehow people seem to forget that spring snowsporting is the best of the year. Too bad.

Of course, now’s the time when a season pass is more valuable than ever. Just hop out of bed, slip on some shells and head for the hills. BY noon shed the shells and go to work.


HEAVENLY has a busy schedule this week. In deference to Sierra-at-Tahoe’s Boarding for Breast Cancer event, Heavenly has canceled its borderfest, but on Saturday is the always fun Team Dummy Gelande Jump. If case you’ve forgotten about it, this event pits a dummy creation (engineers at work) that is launched from the top of World Cup run at 3 p.m. Fastest and fartherest dummy wins the prize, with an award for the most unusual creation as well. If you’re entering get your dummy to World Cup by 1 p.m. for inspection and transport to the top of the run.

Sunday is the fifth annual ICE TEE event, combining gold and skiing. Open to teams of four, this is a benefit for the Heavenly Ski Foundation and offers “tons of prizes.”

April 21 is Euro Sled Fun Race open to one and all. Not sure what “Euro’ sledding is, but the race is free.

On April 24 Heavenly will stage the Dual Mountain Bike Challenge, another World Cup event. If ordinary mountain biking isn’t tough enough, try it in the snow as 2 p.m.

And next weekend Heavenly will offer pond skimming at its finest. A tip: don’t spectate at the end of the pond unless you’re wearing swimming gear.

And as of Monday April 19, Heavenly lift tickets will go for $39 for adults and comparable reductions for other categories.

SIERRA-AT-TAHOE has extended its season through Sunday April 25, which will be Customer Appreciation Day with lift tickets $5 and all proceeds going to local charities. On Saturday Sierra is hosting its annual Boarding for Breast Cancer will proceeds going to support breast cancer research and education. Tickets sore the event are on sale at Sierra and Bass Tickets, $25 for the concert and $40 for the concert and a lift ticket. On the day of the event, prices go up $5.

And as of Sunday April 18 lift tickets will go for $32 for adults, $25 for young adults, $7 for kids and $17 for seniors, and $7 for super seniors and tiny tots. Tubing will operate on the weekend.

NORTHSTAR-AT-TAHOE will offer Customer Appreciation Day April 19 with lift tickets just $10. The resort will reopen for an encore weekend April 24-25 for more Days of Spring parties: pond skimming, music on the deck and general sun fun.

ALPINE MEADOWS offers the unique Wayne Wong Hot Dog Skiing Festival this weekend, April 16-18. The Worm is worth watching. Also this weekend at Alpine, “A Fistful of Moguls” movie premiere along with wine tasting and a silent auction for all kinds of things benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

KIRKWOOD will offer $25 lift tickets for adults and $20 for young adults with the Best of Kirkwood Saturday with fine cuisine, local beer and wine tasting. Sadly, the back bowl is closed, just when I found the delights of skiing the ridge off Chair 4.

SQUAW VALLEY continues to offer free spa and swimming pool use with lift tickets. And the offbeat 1999 Ski Sail National Championships at Squaw will present Olympic Gold Medal winners Jonny Moseley and sailing champ Mark Reynolds next weekend.

This event offers four classes on competition: teams of four on Melges 24s, duos on Vanguard 15s and individuals on Lasers.

Sailing races are Friday, ski event on Sunday.

Skiers must take part in the sailing segment, sailors in the skiing event with times combined.

Squaw closing date is set for May 31. Great!

SUGAR BOWL is planning a big blowout May 1-2, which will also be the last of the season at the historic resort, which has gone all new this season. More next week on that.

MT. ROSE, Reno’s playground, continues to offer its many ticket deals and will remain open through April 25.

Tip for these times: don’t forget the sunblock!

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