Winter is Coming – First Snow of the Season!!


October Snow, Lake Tahoe, California

Hopefully a sign foreshadowing many great powder days ahead this winter, our first snowfall of the season blanketed the area yesterday. Accumulating to about 8 inches in the valley and much more on the summits, the snow decorated the landscape and made for a truly beautiful vision. Covering everthing in sight, the snow clung to the trees, roads, buildings, and everything else, and quickly transformed Tahoe into a winter wonderland.

Although it seemed to abruptly interrupt the wonderfully warm fall we have been having in Tahoe, it served to excite everyone in the area about the upcoming ski and snowboarding season. Shifting gears into winter mode without much warning is nothing new here, as the weather has been known to turn on a dime. There’s cartainly going to be warmer days ahead before winter fully sets in, however, this early snowfall will change the focus of many, and prompt them to get their winter necessities in order.

First and foremost on the winter list is attire and gear. If your things from last season are outdated or worn they should be upgraded before the mountains open. Opening day at Northstar is Friday, November 16th, and Squaw opens Wednesday the 21st, so there’s still plenty of time to stock up.

Another must have is obviously a ski pass. If you haven’t purchased yours already, here’s a quick overview of some of the options out there and their prices. A favorite of many is the Epic Pass, and includes unlimited access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, and Arapahoe Basin. The pass features no blackout dates, and at $699 for adults and $359 for kids, there’s no other pass quite like it.

For those who don’t have plans to ski anywhere other than Tahoe this winter, then the Tahoe Local Pass is probably your best option. This pass offers access to Northstar, Heavenly, and Kirkwood 7 days a week with limited holiday restrictions. At $459 for adults, $359 for teens, and $219 for children, the Tahoe Local Pass provides an incredible value and pays for itself in just over 4 days.

Another great pass for the Tahoe area is the Tahoe Super Pass for Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. This pass has a variety of options including those with unlimited access and those with a few blackout dates. For the pass containing only 10 blackout dates, the cost is $519 for adults, $389 for young adults, and $229 for children. It’s the only season pass covering Squaw and Alpine Meadows, and prices are only guaranteed through November 5th, so don’t wait too long to buy your pass.

The time for procrastinating is over, and this October snowfall is a good reminder to all of us to get ready for the winter season ahead. You want to be poised and ready when the time comes to get out on the mountain and have a blast.

Posted by Tori Long

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