Nevada County Ski Update

As temperatures begin to shift, Ski California resorts are gearing up for the 2021-22 winter season with investments in infrastructure, facilities improvements and technology that will continue to allow for fast, contactless lift access, reservations and payment, and high-quality experiences. Last year, Ski California’s 33 member resorts in California and Nevada offered skiers and snowboarders a safe way to recreate outdoors, despite the global pandemic. This season, resorts will continue leveraging technology and other efficiencies to give their guests a convenient way to access their mountains, lessons, equipment rentals, restaurants and more.

“Ski California resorts safely operated all season long, giving skiers and riders a sense of normalcy while recreating outdoors in an otherwise challenging time,” said Michael Reitzell, Ski California president. “As the 2021-22 season approaches, resorts in California and Nevada have invested in further enhancing the guest experience and are continuing to seek out efficiencies and technologies that allow them to offer a seamless, and in many cases, contactless way to have an awesome day on the mountain.”

Tahoe Donner
Looking for a fun date? Ski Tahoe Donner

On Jan. 29, 2022, Ski California member resorts will also participate in Ski California Safety Day, with guest-centric activities and events designed to educate skiers and riders about safety on the slopes. The theme of this season’s effort is “collisions” and how to prevent them from occurring. Ski California has partnered with the High Fives Foundation on the initiative, which will include a new B.A.S.I.C.S video on the topic. Safety is a priority every day of the season, but Ski California Safety Day emphasizes the resorts’ shared commitment to safety through resort-specific and industry-wide initiatives.

The Ski California Gold Pass, the only season pass that offers unrestricted, fully transferable access to all 33 downhill and cross country member resorts in California and Nevada sold out for the 2021-22 winter season. The wait list is now open for those interested in purchasing for 2022-23. Only 150 Gold Passes are available each season, and the unlimited pass can be used by anyone with it in their possession, with no blackout dates.

While things have improved since last season, the pandemic is not over. Member resorts will continue to share COVID-19 related policies and procedures on their websites and social media channels. Skiers and riders should review this information before heading to the slopes. Highlights of what’s new at some of the resorts in Nevada County ahead of the 2021-22 season (including expected opening dates, all of which are weather and conditions permitting) include:

Boreal/Woodward Tahoe

Boreal / Woodward Tahoe: Select your start time, arrive and get contactless mountain access at Boreal with “Go Time Tickets,” where ticket prices gradually decrease throughout the day. Boreal will welcome the Subaru Winterfest March 14-15, 2022, and Woodward Tahoe’s new All Access Membership offers 360-degree access to a 16-acre hub for all things action sports. Opening day: Nov. 18

Northstar Ski Resort

Northstar California: The resort will continue to require cashless transactions, face masks indoors, reservations at many of its on-mountain restaurants, and vaccinations for guests ages 12+ at indoor dining quick-service cafeteria-style restaurants. Reservations will not be required for skiing and riding. Opening day: Nov. 19

Have some family fun in Truckee. Photo submitted by Sugarbowl Resort.

Sugar Bowl / Royal Gorge: The Hotel at Sugar Bowl and all lodges, bars and restaurants will reopen at both resorts, however advance purchase of lift tickets will continue to be required for all visiting guests this season. Sales of daily lift tickets, rentals and lessons will begin next month. Face coverings will not be required outdoors, including in lift lines or while riding chairlifts, but they will be encouraged indoors. Opening day: Nov. 26

Tahoe Donner
Both downhill and cross country skiing abound at Tahoe Donner

Tahoe Donner Cross Country: For the first time, snowmaking has been installed at the area to ensure a high-quality early season snow surface for the center’s learning area and on a 3 km loop. A new Pisten Bully 400 will add to trail grooming efficiency, and summer trail work was completed to allow for better drainage and snow retention throughout the cross-country trail system. Opening day: Nov. 26

Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Resort: Focused on offering a high-quality snow surface, Tahoe Donner purchased a new PistenBully snowcat to groom the mountain. The resort also added to its transportation fleet with a new fuel-efficient shuttle bus. Advance purchase of lift tickets, lessons and rental equipment will continue to be encouraged this season. Opening day: Dec. 10

About Ski California

Ski California® (aka California Ski Industry Association®) is a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade association representing 33 ski resorts in California and Nevada. Ski California develops and maintains strong relationships with government officials, tourism groups, media, and ski industry leaders to advocate key industry related initiatives, including environmental stewardship, mountain safety, technical training, and public relations. Ski California monitors existing and proposed legislation to ensure that national and state legislators hear and consider the industry perspective on issues affecting mountain communities and businesses. Ski California researches, analyzes, and pursues safety while preserving the integrity of mountain sports and the natural environment in which they are enjoyed by millions each year. For more information please visit:

Content provided by Jess Weaver, JVP Communications