Snag These Ski Deals for the Winter
By Kathy Chin Leong

When you gotta ski, you gotta ski.  Diehard parents who love the downhill thrills of this beloved sport will be thrilled to know about these killer deals:

Homewood Mountain Resort, west shore Lake Tahoe: Offers kids ages 10 and under receive free lift tickets when accompanied by a paid adult. The special requires one adult per child.  Prices for adults run  $45 full day/ $35 half day. Phone: 530-525-2992. Web site: .

Boreal Ski Resort, Truckee: Here’s a bargain which pays off for those who ski a lot. When participants sign up for the “I Ride Program,” each adult who skis two days, gets the third day free all season long.  Phone: 530-426-3666, web site: .

Tahoe Donner Ski Resort, Northstar-at-Tahoe,  Sierra-at-Tahoe, Sugar Bowl: Some call it the Parent Predicament Ticket, others name it the Parent Interchange Pass, but whatever the moniker, these passes are great. These resorts and many others now allow parents to share a lift pass so that when one has to watch the children, the other can go skiing,and vicesa versa.  Be sure to request the special pass which costs the same as a single adult lift ticket.  Tahoe Donner phone: 530-587-9444, web site: ; Northstar-at-Tahoe phone: 530-562-1010, web site: ; Sierra-at-Tahoe phone: 530-562-3866; web site: ; Sugar Bowl phone: 530-426-9000; web site: .

Diamond Peak, Incline Village, NV ,  is the spot for skiing fun during its 7th Annual Dummy Downhill. Any individual or group building a dummy on skis or snowboards can bring it on April 1st and launch it off a huge jump.  It’s a fun event for all to see, and up to four particants per team can purchase a lift ticket that day for $15 each. For more info call 775-832-1177 or visit

Mt. Rose - Ski Tahoe on Saturday, April 7 opens the gate to high-flying, speed demons of every shape and size for the annual Dummy Downhill.  Only inanimate objects can accompany any entry. Witness pure lunacy as dummies compete for the best run down Show-Off, directly in front of the Mt. Rose main lodge. Participants receive four free lift tickets for their entries. Dummy registration runs from 8:30 - 10:30 at the main lodge. For details visit or call 775-849-0704.

Diamond Peak, from December 22 to 26, will offer first-time skiers and snowboarders lessons, rentals, and lift ticket for $20. Call 775-832-1177 or look up .

Retail bargains: Bay Area families should check out discount lift ticket passes at local Safeways, Mcdonald’s and Costco stores for offers. 

Online bargains: Click on and you’ll find that a $44 pass gives you a ski lift ticket, ski rentals, discount lodging, and more.  



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