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Skiers ready to REC it! Tahoe Resorts Walloped by El Niño- Opening Early

Best of Tahoe Resorts Walloped by El Niño; Last Chance for Skiers and Riders to Get the Tahoe Local Pass

Snowboarder - Fresh Tracks Photo Credit: Corey Rich

Snowboarder – Fresh Tracks
Photo Credit: Corey Rich

  • Heavenly hauls-in 12-18 inches; Northstar nets 12-14 inches; Kirkwood kills it with more than 18 inches
  • Last Day to purchase Tahoe Local Passes and Tahoe Value Passes is Sunday, Nov. 22
  • Cold temperatures ignite west coast’s most powerful snowmaking systems to help build incredible base for the 2015-16 season
The Best of Tahoe Resorts – Heavenly Mountain Resort, Northstar California and Kirkwood Mountain Resort – received an early gift from Mother Nature with each mountain reporting nearly two feet of snow in an early season Sierra storm. With snow on the ground and El Niño in full force, it’s the perfect time to purchase the Tahoe Local Pass before the last deadline hits on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015.
“The Tahoe Local Pass is the best season pass at Lake Tahoe,” said Pete Sonntag, Tahoe region vice president and chief operating officer.   “Our pass holders get to ski and ride on the incredible conditions at Lake Tahoe’s three finest resorts, and they also benefit from five free days in Utah and Colorado. This is an unprecedented value in the industry where guests can capitalize on the best skiing and riding in the West.”
Heavenly and Northstar are slated to open for the 2015-16 season on Friday, Nov. 20, and Kirkwood is scheduled to open on Saturday, Nov. 21.
Utilizing the Tahoe Epic Passes, guests experience benefits from the West Coast’s most sophisticated, state-of-the-art snowmaking systems at Heavenly and Northstar that ensure Tahoe’s most consistent and reliable snow surfaces. Kirkwood brings an undisputed reputation for major snowfall and huge accumulation that translates to world-class powder and an authentic big-mountain skiing and riding experience.
“Usually, you buy your pass before you know what the snow is going to be like,” said Sonntag, “but with nearly two feet on the ground already, it’s looking like an awesome start to the season!”
The following Epic Passes are still available through Sunday, Nov. 22:

  • The Tahoe Local Pass is the best way to access Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood seven days a week. It includes Saturday access at all three Tahoe resorts with limited holiday restrictions, all for $519. Pass holder tickets are available for purchase for 50 percent off during blackout dates at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood. The Tahoe Local Pass pays for itself in fewer than four days. New for the 2015-16 season, the Tahoe Local Pass now includes five days of non-holiday skiing and riding at Utah’s Park City, combined with Canyons Resort to now become the largest ski resort in the U.S., and Colorado’s Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin. A child pass is $249 (age’s five to 12).
  • The Tahoe Value Pass™ is best for people who can handle a few restrictions. Ski or ride seven days a week at Heavenly and six days a week at Northstar and Kirkwood. The pass is available for $469, and pays for itself in just over three days. The Tahoe Value Pass has holiday restrictions at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood with Saturdays excluded at Northstar and Kirkwood. Pass holders can purchase lift tickets valid at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood Resorts on restricted days for 50 percent off per day.
  • Epic Local Pass™: Perfect for people who can navigate a pass with restrictions. For $619, get unlimited, unrestricted skiing or riding at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin with limited restrictions at Park City, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood. Also includes a total of 10 days at Vail and Beaver Creek with holiday restrictions. The Epic Local Pass pays for itself in less than four days. A child pass (ages five to 12) is $319.
  • The Epic Pass™: Ski as much as you want, whenever you want for $809. The Epic Pass pays for itself in less than five days of skiing or riding. With more than 32,000 acres of skiing and snowboarding terrain, this pass can’t be beat. It features unlimited, unrestricted access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Perisher in Australia for the 2016 season there; Afton Alps in Minnesota; Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and up to five free consecutive days when staying at in-resort accommodations at Verbier, Switzerland. No restricted dates. A child pass (ages five to 12) is $419.

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