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Christmas Ski Adventures and Events in The Sierra

Christmas Skiing. A family tradition for thousands across the Sierra mountain ranges for generations. So with the Christmas and Christmas Vacations just days away Sierra Rec provides you with a check list of things happening at the different Ski resorts over the Holiday Weekend.
In No particular order:
Heavenly Ski Resort – Dec 24- 31st – Heavenly Holidays Continues. – Tahoe’s biggest holiday festival is back. Don’t miss Santa’s Village, ice carving, skating shows, a huge NYE celebration and more.
Dec 26th – Unbuckle Apres Party – (Rate M for Mature) –

Join us for Unbuckle at Tamarack – Tahoe’s ultimate Apres Ski Party! From 3:30-5:30 pm at Tamarack Lodge rolls out the dance floor, dims the lights and brings out a live DJ, Heavenly Angels, swag, food specials and half off drinks! Extend your epic day with us during apres ski at Tamarack!


Dec 27 – Rippero Snow Parade – Children are invited to star in their own parade, as they play music, sing songs, and march through Heavenly Village with Ripperoo, Heavenly’s loveable mascot. The Ripperoo Parade begins at 4:30 pm at the base of the Gondola and ends with hot chocolate and photos with Ripperoo.

Sugar Bowl Dec. 26 – Sunday Dec 28 – Live Music  by Eric Engerbretson Acoustic Guitar & ASI Sugar Bowl Backcountry freeride_skier_small4

This is Sugar Bowl’s paramount ski program! It combines lift-access to thousands of acres of amazing backcountry and untracked snow at Sugar Bowl.  It feels like a day of heli-skiing combined with the joy of backcountry touring. This is a great opportunity not only to be introduced to the backcountry skiing experience but also to practice the procedures for leaving the ski resort with a tool pack, avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel, choosing terrain to reduce the hazards and tour smoothly and effectively with climbing skins.  For more information visit:

For more information or reservations contact: Logan Talbott Phone: 530-426-7005

Northstar California Family Adventures

Dec 25th – Family Afternoon Snowshoe Tours – Grab the kids and join in our Family Afternoon Snowshoe Tours taking this winter season. These tours are an ideal way to introduce your little ones to the great outdoors in a fun, unintimidating, and friendly atmosphere. The tours are open to all ages and will be an easy snowshoe journey for the whole family.
Dec.26th – Star Gazing Snow Shoe Tours -Take advantage of the dark skies above Northstar on a snowshoe tour and telescopic viewing with star guide and poet Tony Berendsen. The 2 to 2.5 hour guided tour begins at the Cross Country Ski, Telemark & Snowshoe Center at 5pm.
Dec 27 – Advanced Telemark Workshops -Learn how to  hone your skills at the Northstar California Weekly Telemark Instructional Workshops

Squaw Valley DEC 26-31 Ski and Ride with Jonny Mosley

Alpine ski Resort

Alpine Skiing

Ski and ride with Chief Mountain Host and Olympic Gold Medalist, Jonny Moseley. Join Jonny on a free 2 hour mountain tour of Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows. Have our demo center staff find the perfect ski for you that is best suited for the days conditions before heading out on the slopes.
Squaw Valley Dates
December 26-31: 2-4pm, meet at Gold Coast Demo Center
Alpine Meadows Dates
December 26-27 & 29-30: 10am-12pm, meet at bottom of Roundhouse
Dec 26- – Moonlight Snowshoe Tours – After the mountain closes and the winter moon rises, experience a snowshoe tour to the mid-mountain Chalet at Alpine Meadows. Enjoy an intimate seated dinner where you’ll be served an Alps-inspired menu with dishes like potato cheese soup, chicken cordon bleu and apple strudel. This unique experience is only available for 50 guests and available during select dates during the winter season.
Dec  26-27 – Squaw Valley Institute Movie Nights – Featuring Two showings of “Addicted to Life”: on Dec 26th  &  Two showings of new TGR films: “Almost Ablaze” Dec 27th

Sierra – At – Tahoe – Dec 25th –

Santa Shreds at Sierra -After delivering presents all over the world last night, Santa needs some lift therapy so of course he’s shredding his favorite mountain! Keep an eye out for Santa on the slopes today, snap a selfie, give him a high-five and tag all your photos #SantaShredsSierra so we can join in on the fun!
Dec 27th – Apres Hour with The Brass Quintet – After you’re finished rippin’ the roy, join us in the Sierra Pub for Live Music from 2:30-5:30 pm and happy hour specials from 3:30 – 5:00 pm. This apres hour features the Brassworks Quintet! This dynamic 5-piece brass group from the San Francisco Bay Area will rock your ski boots off with hits from the Swing Era, Motown, the Beatles, Dixieland, Holiday Music and Star Wars!

Diamond Peak Dec 24 – 25 – Santa and Penguin Pete Visit –

Santa and Penguin Pete will be at Diamond Peak from 11am-1p handing out candy canes and visiting the kids. Come get your photo taken with Santa and Penguin Pete and celebrate the holidays at Diamond Peak.

Kirkwood Ski resort – Dec 27th Ladies Day-
powder skiing

This series is for the Ladies ONLY – Open to intermediate thru expert skiers and riders, this series is about escaping, having fun, developing friendships, seeking adventure and doing something just for you. Throughout the weekend, you will tackle a variety of terrain and snow conditions while working on terrain selection and off-piste skiing and riding. Visit Expedition: or call 209.258.7360 for more information.
Dec 28th – Soup and Shoe – Join us for a fun easy going snowshoe hike followed by hot soup at the Kirkwood Inn. Soup and Shoe will be offered every Sunday starting at 12 noon. Call 209.258.7248 for more information.

Mammoth Mountain – Holiday Celebrations at The Village:

December 24 | 3:30-5:30pm Juggler & magician and piano holiday karaoke in The Yard
MERRY CHRISTMAS! Activities resume on December 26 —
December 26 | 3:30-5:30pm DJ mash-up in the Plaza, a juggler & magician
December 27 | 3:30-5:30pm Woolly’s Saturday Parade kicks off for the 2014-15 season plus a juggler & magician
December 28 | 3:30-5:30pm The Andrew Weber Band live in The Plaza, a DJ mash-up and, a juggler & magician
December 29 | 3:30-5:30pm The Andrew Weber Band live in The Plaza, a DJ mash-up and, a juggler & magician –

Tahoe Donner –  Dec 25th – Christmas Day Pancake Breakfast with Santa.

Who wouldn’t want to dine with Santa himself? This is a great Christmas present to children! Breakfast starts at 10 a.m. at Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area, followed by a half day of skiing and riding with Santa himself.
Breakfast: 10 a.m.

Christ Mas Day Cross Country Skiing – At Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area, we’re in a jolly mood, so families can ski or snowboard at half day rates from 12-5 p.m. (an hour earlier than usual).

Soda Springs –  No Special Events listed but Tube park is open and Base of 62″ reported.
Badger Pass – Live Music by The Dave Henderson Band Dec 27th –

Need a break from the slopes?  Relax and enjoy live music on the deck or in the Snowflake Room inside the day lodge.
The Dave Henderson Group
December 27, 2014

Bear Valley – – Dec 26-27 Live music – Roem Baur & The Revival

Roem Baur & The Revival will be Rockin’ at the Mountain over the holidays.  This is a show you don’t want to miss.  Roem Baur is an award-winning singer, songwriter and international touring musician described recently by The Examiner as a local musician “who is seeing his star start to rise”. Roem’s live show has been described as “blowing minds” by Adam Duritz of the Counting Crows and in December, 2013 Roem was awarded the Grand Prize in the “Race to TRI” — a recording and video session at Bob Weir’s (The Grateful Dead) TRI Studios. Roem also serves as a Governor for the Recording Academy (Grammys), is an avid cyclist, home-brewer, and SF Giants fan.

Dec 23-27th the 2015 Acrobag Progression Tour

The Acrobag Progression Tour kicks off in Bear Valley just in time for the holidays.   Acrobag is the official national olympic ski and snowboard training tour and is a great way to safely learn new tricks.  Described as a “great big nice pillowy soft air bag” and a “tool that’s safe for learning,” the AcroBag has helped athletes of all sports reach new limits.  Anybody of any skill level can benefit from using the AcroBag.  Whether you are on a snowboard or skis or just jumping off a platform; the AcroBag cushions your fall so that you can focus on learning your new trick.  Talk about Pure Mountain Fun!!!  Don’t miss your opportunity to participate.

June Mountain – Dec 27th – Bucky’s Bon fire –

Bucky’s Bonfire is an exciting family-friendly event at the base lodge of June Mountain. Join Bucky & Friends to celebrate the winter season at June every Saturday from 2pm-3pm!

Homewood Mountain Resort – No events scheduled at this time. Resort is open Snow base currently 40″
Boreal – No special events scheduled but they have 107″ of snow.
Dodge Ridge – No events scheduled but 71″ of snow to date on the hill.
No matter where you choose to go for your Christmas Skiing, we at Sierra Rec hope you have a fabulous Christmas, and an epic family adventure on the hill.


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