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Powder Alliance Resorts Reach Out To Passholders Of Sierra-at-Tahoe

Mission-Ridge-Morning-Cover A new season has dawned for Powder Alliance resorts, who are helping out partner Sierra-at-Tahoe. (Mission Ridge/Facebook)

A half-dozen resorts of the Powder Alliance have provided pass holders at fire-damaged Sierra-at-Tahoe free access to their trails and slopes until the resort gets back on its feet.

Idaho's Bogus Basin, Oregon's Timberline Lodge, Washington's Mission Ridge, and its California Alliance members Dodge Ridge, China Peak, and Mountain High have all lined up to give Sierra regulars somewhere to ski and ride. The offer is for Monday-Friday, non-holiday access until Sierra opens.

Last summer, the treacherous Caldor Fire roared right over the top of Sierra-at-Tahoe on its way to the doorstep of South Lake Tahoe. The west edge of the mountain was burnt badly, and a cable on the main chairlift was damaged.

The resort continues to say that it's assessing damage and repairs, and no date has been given for opening. Regardless of when much of Sierra-at-Tahoe's 2,000-acre terrain will be off-limits.

With three free days at each resort in the alliance, Powder Alliance has staked a broad claim across the Rockies, the Coastal Ranges, and western Canada. Aside from four in California, skiers and riders with a season pass at Alliance resorts can hop right on the lifts at Mt. Hood SkiBowl, White Pass, Bogus Basin, Silver Mountain and Alyeska in the Northwest, and Angel Fire and Loveland in the Colorado Rockies -- plus, Castle Mountain and Marmot Basin in Alberta, Canada.

Skiers and 'boarders familiar with these hills will see a few improvements at some of the mountains, including:

  • Bogus Basin, where they will find more chairs on Superior and Morning Star lifts, expanded snowmaking, and more night lights.

  • Silver Mountain, with more brush cut on steeper runs, a winch cat for grooming the steeps, and a new cover on moving carpet.

  • Mission Ridge, with more night skiing than ever, 45 nights Thursdays through Saturdays off Chairs 1 and 4.

  • White Pass, with a new digital drive and software on the Great White Chair.

  • Timberline, where the former Summit Ski Area has been added to the Timberline trail map as Summit Pass, with trails (snow permitting) linking the two areas.

  • Mt. Hood SkiBowl, with brighter lighting for night riders.

  • China Peak, with additions to snowmaking to make it one of the largest in the state.

  • Dodge Ridge, now under the same ownership as Mountain High, will try out snowmaking around the base.


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