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Tahoe Area Military Discounts

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Hi all,


I've never really contributed anything to this forum...so after years of absorbing some good information I think I'm finally due to add a little resource to the forum.  I'm active military and although I've been deployed for the past two ski seasons, I'll finally be home for half a season.  This said, I went ahead to all the Tahoe resort websites and compiled a list of what they offer for us military folk.  Not all websites advertised the discounts, so I contacted the few that didn't and got the info.


So here's what I have:


Sugar Bowl: 50% off, not confirmed....but should be the same as previous years


Squaw Valley / Alpine meadows: Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows stand behind all of our women and men in the armed forces. As a thank you, we offer active duty military FREE lift tickets valid Sunday-Friday, non-holiday for the 2012-13 season. Active Duty Military tickets not valid on Saturday's and December 26-31, 2012, January 19-20 2013 and February 16-17, 2013. Must present active duty military ID at the Guest Services & Sales Center at Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows. http://www.squaw.com/the-mountain/lift-tickets-and-passes/lift-ticket-deals


Northstar-at-Tahoe: Sundays: FREE, excluding blackout dates. Monday - Friday: $72, excluding blackout dates http://militarydiscountfinder.com/Northstar-at-Tahoe-Resort-1317.html


Homewood: Free 7 days a week. "During our "Peak Dates" active duty receives half off lift tickets with cafeteria voucher as well. Additionally, imediate family members receive half off lift tickets the entire season! Let me know if you have additional questions and pray for snow!!


Sierra-at-Tahoe: Free on Sundays, excluding blackout dates http://www.sierraattahoe.com/tickets-passes/resort-deals


Kirkwood: Military tickets are available for $53 at the resort or $48 when pre- purchased online. You must show a valid military ID to redeem your ticket. Online sales are available daily 12pm - 8am (not available 8am-12pm) "


They also randomly select days where AD Military ski completely free. Ya just need to watch the website....



Mt. Rose: $39 discounted lift tickets are available for Department of Defense Active personnel. Purchase at Mt. Rose Guest Services! http://militarydiscountfinder.com/Mt-Rose---Ski-Tahoe-609.html


Diamond Peak: Anyone in the military (Active or Retired) are eligible to receive a FREE Diamond Peak lift ticket (midweek, non-holiday) and a $49 lift ticket weekends and holidays by showing a Military ID at Guest Services. http://diamondpeak.com/specials_packages


Heavenly: “Heavenly does offer Military Discounted Lift Tickets. Though, it is a bit early for ticket pricing for this upcoming season, I can tell you last season they were $66.00 a day for adults and teens. Children 12 and younger were $35.00 a day."


Hope this helps out some folks near by or those that are planning a trip this season!



Edited by KevinVB - 10/31/12 at 10:47am
post #2 of 5

I suspect your northstar and kirkwood info is going to be out of date, especially the Free days.  Since they're now owned by Vail, my guess is that all 3 (with heavenly) will have standardized discount policies.  


Anyway, good post, best to call first before you drive up to their window.  and hopefully some other people can confirm the info as the season kicks off.

Edited by raytseng - 10/31/12 at 11:30am
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I didn't know that Kirkwood changed ownership...I'll send them and Northstar and email to see what the scoop is...  Thanks for the info



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I'm not seeing anything where Northstar is going to offer discounts this year for AD. This is too bad. I am running the numbers to plan an early-season trip to either the Tahoe area (we would stay for dirt cheap in Reno) or Mammoth. Husband is AD (and also just returning from a deployment :D) The cost to ski Northstar, with child lessons, is astronomical. $363 per day for the three of us with wee one lessons. And I love skiing there as the terrain appeals to me. Same itinerary at Squaw or Alpine would be $228/day (this is an estimate as they have not posted their 2012-13 lift tix prices yet.)


As it is, we are leaning towards Mammoth again because we can get discount lift tix at Los Angeles AFB for $48 (that was last year, regardless, we are both able to use them.) Their kids lessons are about the same cost as Squaw or Alpine.


So, my contribution to this thread is if you are interested in skiing Mammoth, look into whether your local military installation has discounted tix! I know the bases here in SoCal all do. You will not be disappointed in the mountain once you get there--it lives up to its name!

post #5 of 5

Oh, forgot to add that Mt Rose early season would cost us $110/day if we put our daughter in a 2-hour lesson and $154./day if we put her in 2 lessons that totaled 4 hours. Caveat to these figures is she has her own equipment.

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