Ski and snowboard enthusiasts are wondering when the first winter snow will fall in the Sierra Mountains… Memories of lakeside barbeques are fading fast and winter clothes are coming out of storage, we’re excited already! If you haven’t made plans yet, there is still time to get a season pass before prices increase. Here is a list of the best Lake Tahoe ski season pass deals for 2013-2014.
The “Epic Pass” to Northstar California, Heavenly Resort and Kirkwood Resort grants access to the most chair lifts and parks in Tahoe, with 64 total lifts and 15 parks. This is the best play for the South Lake Tahoe/East Side ski mogul. Yeah I said mogul. Seven days a week for $709.
Meanwhile “Tahoe Super Pass” from Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows and Sierra at Tahoe boasts a combination of 52 ski lifts and 13 terrain parks. Truckee/North Lake residents are pleased to have an excuse to visit Sierra-at-Tahoe resort! But we were happy with a Squaw Valley pass under $500 too, right? Unlimited access to all three mountains is $789.
Boreal’s Season Pass remains a good choice if you love hot laps and park practice, as they have 7 terrain parks on one big slope of snow and the price is only $249! With a Boreal pass, you can expect the most night skiing hours at any resort (Heavenly and Squaw have some runs and parks open for night skiing too).
Near Donner Summit, Sugar Bowl and Boreal always expect a whole lot o’ snow. Sugar Bowl has 13 chairs and 3 diverse terrain parks, all yours for $699 this season and there are perks at Royal Gorge XC area too. Did I mention this is not the same Mt. Disney experience you had before? There’s a NEW lift, people!
“Premier Pass” from Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe is $399, an affordable pass for 2013-2014 and just minutes from downtown Reno, NV. Stats for Mt. Rose include 6 chairlifts and 3 progressive parks. Citizens of Reno should not overlook Mt. Rose, because every season is different and who likes to drive far in the snow?
Homewood Mountain Resort on Tahoe’s West Shore has an appealing offering thru September. Cost is $399 for a pass to Tahoe’s most humble resort, with 5 lifts and 4 small parks. The Homewood passes include 4 days at Diamond Peak across Lake Tahoe.
The clear front runners are the Epic Pass and Tahoe Super Pass, which both include access to major acreage and snow features around Lake Tahoe Basin this winter. These value additions drive the pass prices up slightly, but the perks can be worthwhile. So find the deal that works for you and your buddies. For those riders that don’t buy a pass, there are opportunities to buy packs of lift tickets from each resort or find single day tickets at a discounted rate online.
Take a closer look at the image for more pricing information and deals on passes and lift tickets. All of the information here is a quick preseason overview, so please note new information or discrepancies as comments. To all the Tahoe snow patrons, see you on the slopes!