Early season deal on three 2014-15 passes at Lake Tahoe ski resorts ends Labor Day

Submitted by editor on Mon, 08/25/2014 – 1:50pm


                    Press Release

Monday, Sept. 1 will be the last chance to receive the early-season rate on Lake Tahoe Local, Tahoe Value, and Epic season passes — all of which offer access to Heavenly Mountain, Kirkwood and Northstar California resorts.

“Our ability to deliver the best snow conditions is unique among Tahoe resorts. Between Heavenly and Northstar’s world-class snowmaking systems and Kirkwood’s well-deserved reputation for receiving the region’s most annual snowfall, pass holders can look forward to a great 2014-15 season,” said Bill Rock, senior vice president and chief operating officer for Northstar California.

With the region’s most valuable season pass options starting at $409, pass holders receive access to the most terrain and best conditions in the region as well as fewer restrictions than other resorts’ season pass options.

“In addition to proven snow quality, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood offer guests varied experiences of a lifetime that speak to the diversity of each and showcase the partnerships that continue to push boundaries, making the collective value greater and truly the best of Tahoe,” said Pete Sonntag, vice president and chief operating officer for Heavenly Mountain Resort.

The high-energy atmosphere and experience at Heavenly Mountain Resort is guaranteed to reach a new level during winter 2014-15: Heavenly Mountain Resort, the Park Family and Warner Hospitality announced Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe will open in late December 2014 or early 2015 in South Lake Tahoe’s casino core. In addition to a 25,000 square foot casino, the property will include more than 500 renovated hotel rooms, new restaurants and bars, the largest outdoor pool experience in South Lake Tahoe, and an assortment of live entertainment venues both indoors and out.

Echoing the resort’s penchant for California laid-back luxury, Northstar California invites guests to enjoy its daily complimentary Champagne toast on the slopes this season.  Offered every day on the snow at 2 p.m., this new tradition is a nod to Northstar’s casual elegance and the best of Tahoe.

Authentic Big-Mountain Terrain As a member of the world’s short list of iconic, big-mountain experiences, Kirkwood Mountain Resort offers skiers and riders the region’s deepest snowpack and legendary steeps.  In addition to enjoying the resort’s famously raw beauty and pristine snow quality, guests can experience Kirkwood’s best-of-Tahoe adventure through Expedition:Kirkwood – renowned for offering snow cat tours beyond the resort’s terrain, snow safety education, and guided backcountry tours and camps.

The Epic Pass, Tahoe Local Pass and Tahoe Value Pass provide access to the region’s three premier resorts—Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood—with the combined 10,270 acres of skiable terrain and three unique resort experiences. Heavenly delivers an unmatched high-energy vibe, Northstar offers Tahoe’s premier luxury experience in a family-friendly atmosphere, and Kirkwood is known for its authentic, big-mountain ski and ride experience.

Vail Resorts 2014-15 Season Pass Options for Lake Tahoe Skiers and Snowboarders

The Tahoe Local Pass™: The best way to access Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood Seven Days a Week. It includes Saturday access at all three resorts with limited holiday restrictions, all for $459. Pass holder tickets are available for purchase for $59 during blackout dates at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood. The Tahoe Local Pass pays for itself in  four days.

Tahoe Value Pass™: Best for guests who can accommodate a few restrictions. It is available for $409, pays for itself in fewer than four days and is ideal for people who plan to ski or ride seven days a week at Heavenly and six days a week at Northstar and Kirkwood. The Tahoe Value Pass has holiday restrictions at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood with Saturdays excluded at Northstar and Kirkwood. Pass holders can purchase lift tickets valid at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood Resorts on restricted days for $59 per day.

The Epic Pass™: Unlimited skiing at every resort all winter for $729. Enjoy unlimited skiing or riding at 11 resorts including Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood,as well as Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Canyons in Park City, Utah; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan.  No blackout days or restrictions apply.  New for winter 2014-15, Epic Pass purchasers will have access to five complimentary consecutive days at Niseko, Japan–known as one of the snowiest and most celebrated powder skiing resorts in the world.  At this spring rate, the Epic Pass pays for itself in just over five days.

Season Pass Insurance Option: Protect Your Pass Investment in the Event of an Unexpected Circumstance Vail Resorts encourages guests to purchase pass insurance. All of its pass products are non-refundable. However, pass insurance covers pass holders in the event of unexpected circumstances including illness, injury and job loss. Pass insurance is $20 for adults and $10 for children (ages 5-12). Coverage applies for all season passes valid for the 2014-2015 ski and snowboard season.  For more information, visit www.epicpass.com.

Special Pass Holder Benefits All Vail Resorts season pass purchasers will receive exclusive offers and promotions on lodging, dining, ski rentals, equipment, ski school and special events for the 2014-15 ski and snowboard season. Season pass holders also receive six Ski-With-A-Friend Tickets, automatically loaded onto the pass. All season pass products are non-transferable and non-refundable. For more information about Vail Resorts season passes or to purchase a pass online, visit www.epicpass.com.

About Heavenly Mountain Resort High above the sapphire-blue waters of Lake Tahoe, Heavenly Mountain Resort is one of the most unique mountain resorts on the planet. Combining 4,800 acres of off-the-grid terrain and incredible views of Lake Tahoe with high-octane, non-stop nightlife, Heavenly offers a high-energy resort experience like no other. Visitors to Heavenly come prepared to go “all-in” because Heavenly is for those who are up for first chair and are still going strong after last call. Heavenly is a subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc., the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. Visit www.skiheavenly.com or call 800-HEAVENLY to learn more.

About Northstar California Resort One of the finest year-round mountain resorts in North America, Northstar is host to a base area village featuring unique shops and restaurants, a conference center, 9,000 square foot outdoor skating rink, movie theaters, on-site lodging, special events and more. A winter sport enthusiast’s paradise, Northstar offers 97 ski trails spanning 3,170 acres, award-winning terrain parks and snow sports including alpine and Telemark skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and tubing. Summer activities include mountain biking, golfing, scenic lift rides for sightseeing and hiking, fly-fishing and more.

Northstar is located on Highway 267, just six miles north of Lake Tahoe and six miles south of downtown Truckee. For more information, call 1.800.GO.NORTH (1.800.466.6784) or visit www.NorthstarCalifornia.com.

About Kirkwood Kirkwood Mountain Resort is one of the nation’s top destination resorts. Located just 177 miles from the Bay Area along scenic Highway 88, its base elevation of 7,800-feet, assures skiers more annual snowfall than any other resort in North America. Kirkwood is recognized by winter purists and national media alike for the quality of its snow and terrain variety and is a true skier’s destination. Known for its pristine beauty and action-packed expeditions and events, winter fun includes skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, sled dog tours, and backcountry expeditions. An ideal location for weddings and corporate meetings, the Kirkwood Village includes boutique shopping, live music and dining. For more information about Kirkwood Mountain Resort, visit www.Kirkwood.com or call 209.258.6000.

Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company’s subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company’s subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN).

Markets to Watch in 2014

Markets to Watch in 2014

Every year we scour markets, talk to agents and brokers, and dial in the latest stats to find the best prospects for the coming year. This year, there were more “best of” and “to watch” lists than ever. Some of our 14 for 2014 appeared on several; others are best bets based on year-end activity; and some, such as Detroit, just bear watching.

By Camilla McLaughlin

1. Atlanta — The recovery took its time getting here, but now it’s full on, with prices increasing by 16.4 percent in October, the third highest rate of increase among the 100 largest metros in the U.S. Cash offers “way above listing price” are not uncommon, especially for prime downtown condos, and the city is abuzz with new projects.

2. Cape Cod, Mass. — Bay State home sales and prices jumped in October. A hot third quarter made up for a slow start to 2013 for high-end sales on “the Cape,” and sets the stage for the spring market. Topping the charts is a $14 million transaction in Woods Hole.

3. Detroit — It might seem that the Motor City’s fate hangs in the balance, but local agents tell us young professionals are moving into mid-town. Dan Gilbert’s buys sparked broader interest among international investors. Listing prices are up 44 percent.

4. Houston — Move over Dallas, all bets are on Houston this year. Median list prices, home sizes and luxury features outpace Dallas. Inventories are low after 30 straight months of positive gains. While some activity in some price brackets began to taper off in the fall, there was no slowdown in luxury sales.

5. Los Angeles — The L.A. market has been on fire, but the city’s platinum enclaves set the pace for luxury, both globally and locally. Foreign buyers prize plum trophy homes. Interest from overseas will keep this market on high ground. The final stats are not in, but Coldwell Banker Previews International charts 84 closed sales of $10 million-plus and 13 in the $20 million and up categories in Westside luxury markets.

6. McLean, Va. — Northern Virginia dominates the list of highest income counties in the U.S., making for the best market since 2006 in this tony suburb and surrounding towns. Demand exceeds inventories with new homes hot commodities. Move-up buyers returned in 2013, and that’s one reason why 2014 will be even better.

7. Naples, Fla. — Slated by NAR as a top turnaround in 2014. Year-end saw a balanced market and the selling season hasn’t even begun. Locals make the comparison to Aspen. Foreign buyers (other than Canadians) are beginning to take a peek here. Brokers say interested buyers who don’t make a move will regret it.

8. Park City, Utah — The 2002 Olympics were just the beginning of the rise of this resort town’s star, which was voted “America’s best town.” Sundance brings the glitterati, but skiers, fly fisherman, hikers and bikers love the easy air access only 40 minutes away. Uber-luxury here competes with the best of them.

9. Santa Barbara, Calif. — The luster of this platinum enclave only shines brighter post recession. Median sale prices are up by almost 30 percent and list prices here are up by 33.39 percent with a $799,000 median price.

10. Santa Fe, N.M. — Low inventory put a damper on sales at the end of 2013, but the lifestyle, low property taxes and one of the most vibrant arts scenes (after New York and L.A.) in the country make it a strong contender for pre-retirement buyers. The city’s enchantment and weather lures buyers from Texas, California, Boston and New Orleans.

11. Seattle — It’s been a banner year with a 100-percent increase in the number of homes sold for $2 million and up. September’s stats were the highest for a September since 2006, with mid-to high-priced neighborhoods posting large increases. Asian buyers love Seattle, but the local economy, including Starbucks, Microsoft and Amazon, keeps sales perking.

12. Stowe, Vt. — The recovery rolled into Stowe this year. Third quarter sales increased 21 percent over third quarter 2012, and sales in the $500,000-to-$1 million bracket nearly doubled. As more wealthy consumers look toward a second, rather than a move-up home, Stowe will see more activity.

13. Lake Tahoe — When November’s snow began to fly, homes moved off the market faster than in the previous four months. Single-family homes and condos are selling for 95 percent of asking price. A recent gem includes a Jay Jeffers-designed penthouse at the Ritz Carlton that sold for $5 million. Median prices spiked 19 percent year-over-year.

14. Vero Beach, Fla. — A top super ZIP code in the state, Vero evokes old Florida and old luxury. With 20 miles of oceanfront and 30 miles of river frontage, prime properties are plentiful. Last year, 68 percent of buyers hailed from South Florida, but the lifestyle and lack of income taxes bring newcomers from all over.

Hollywood’s Ski Getaways: Luxe Real Estate in Peak Markets Aspen and Tahoe

Don Henley’s former estate is part of a $27.5 million spread in Colorado, while Larry Ellison’s massive compound takes shape in Nevada and California — with nary a bear rug in site.

Deer Valley, Utah
Courtesy of Resorts West Real Estate

Modern design is going straight to the top of some of the country’s hottest ski resort towns, where right-angled contemporary homes — with plenty of out-there amenities — are keeping company with traditional-style cabins.

PHOTOS: The Country’s Hottest Ski Towns Go Contemporary


After years in the doldrums, Aspen real estate has come back during the past two years. And suddenly, some of the area’s highest-priced properties are swerving away from its traditional log-cabin and Victorian architecture to new, modern homes loaded with A-list amenities. “It used to be all timber, logs and stone; now we’re getting a blend of more contemporary architecture,” says Joshua Saslove of Christie’s International Real Estate, whose current listings include a $45 million spec house located just 1½ blocks behind The Little Nell hotel, where part- and full-time Aspen residents Kate Hudson, Mariah Carey and Michael Eisner hang out. The home’s 18,000 square feet of interior space includes an indoor swimming pool, bowling alley, shooting range, two elevators and a garage with a lazy Susan device that can rotate cars.

At the former Don Henley estate in nearby Woody Creek, Colo. (where Nancy Pelosi has a winter home), the eight-time Grammy winner’s original farmhouse still is part of the $27.5 million spread. But now that home has become the guesthouse, playing second fiddle to the main house, a newly constructed 12,000-square-foot glass-and-concrete structure that angles around a massive rectangular pool.

Perhaps there is no more striking symbol of the shift than the new building that will house the Aspen Art Museum, due to open in 2014. Designed by the highly conceptual Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, the striking structure will dominate Aspen’s downtown area. “This is four times larger than its previous museum, and it is definitely going to be a state-of-the-art space that will be great for the city,” says Bob Gersh, co-owner of the Gersh Agency, who has a home in the city and is a board member of the museum.

STORY: Bob Gersh Joins the Board of the Aspen Art Museum (Exclusive)

“This is going to change the landscape of downtown Aspen into something more hip and cosmopolitan,” says BJ Adams, owner of real estate firm BJ Adams and Co. She also sees a new wave of residential development hitting downtown with penthouse homes built on top of the area’s rapidly evolving commercial spaces: Dolce & Gabbana and Helmut Lang will occupy the recently razed Gap space, while an Officine Panerai replaced an organic food store earlier this year.

Not that it’s all about high design. Earlier in 2013, Jack Nicholson‘s Victorian in Aspen’s West End sold for $11 million (the actor purchased the property with record producer Lou Adler in 1980 when neither could get good enough television reception for Lakers games from their respective Aspen homes). And at nearby Meanwhile Ranch, a 56-acre Snowmass Canyon spread that’s on the market for $15.95 million, its 12,000-square-foot main home still exemplifies the area’s penchant for supersize log-cabin construction. “Michael Jackson rented this property out and had blacked out every window on the property,” says BJ Adams agent Gary Feldman. Its greatest amenity, however, has nothing to do with rotating rides or indoor pools: “The property comes with an easement, which means that owners have rights to go through Ringo Starr‘s property directly across the street to get to Roaring Fork River.”


Straddling California and Nevada, the mountaintop getaway of Lake Tahoe has seen some of the most significant rises in real estate values compared with other ski towns. For design lovers, Martis Camp, located on the California side, has become a magnet for top Los Angeles architects and designers. L.A. architecture firm Marmol Radziner (whose clients include Tom Ford) has just completed its second commission in the 2,177-acre private community, while interior designer Jamie Bush (Nina Jacobson, Rich Ross) is finishing up an 8,000-square-foot contemporary for former Facebook vp and current venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya. “This is where the serious money are building homes,” says Bush.

But the even bigger money is moving in on the Nevada side of Tahoe, says real estate agent Kerry Donovan of Chase International. Case in point: Larry Ellison‘s massive in-construction compound. “This year, we’ve seen almost $200 million in sales on the Nevada side, mostly in Incline Village and Crystal Bay,” Donovan says. “Much of that has to do with Proposition 30 in California, which has raised income taxes. That’s not the case here, and that has got the market moving.”

This story first appeared in the Jan. 3, 2014, issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.