Ski & Board Season Prep - '21/'22 Edition

Last updated 10/27/21

Planning your next winter adventure can be stressful, but your friends at Sports Basement are here to help you get the information you need so you can take full advantage of all those pow days. Keep on reading and check out our other guides to get the lowdown on all things snow for this season. And don't forget to drop by your local SB, say hello, and let us know how it all went!






October gave us the snow we’ve been hoping for and we couldn’t be more stoked for opening day! To help channel your stoke, we put together an overview of opening days and lift ticket rates at our local Tahoe resorts. Keep in mind, the single day and season pass rates listed below are for “Adult” passes - age ranges vary so be sure to check out the resort’s site for more details.

Palisades Tahoe** - Opens Mid-December, 2021

Single day: starting at $118
4-Pack: starting at $329
Season pass: TBD
Basementeers, get 20% off your lift tickets with code EARLYBIRD2122 (while supplies last) at

Homewood - Opens December 10, 2021

Single day: starting at $64
Season pass: starting at $799 (includes 2 days at Diamond Peak & more)

Diamond Peak - Opens December 9, 2021

Single day: TBD
Season pass: starting at $620

Heavenly* - Opens November 19, 2021

Single day: starting at $111
Season pass: starting at $449

Northstar* - Opens November 19, 2021

Single day: starting at $118
Season pass: starting at $449

Kirkwood* - Opens December 3, 2021

Single day: starting at $105
Season pass: starting at $449

Boreal - Opens late November, 2021

Single day: starting at $69
Season pass: starting at $329

Bear Valley - Opening date TBD

Single day: TBD
Season pass: starting at $599

Mt. Rose - Opening date TBD

Single day: TBD
Season pass: starting at $495

Sugar Bowl - Opens November 26, 2021

Single day: TBD (coming early November)
Season pass: Starting at $619 (quantities limited)

Sierra at Tahoe - Opening date TBD

Opening date will be determined once damage from Caldor fire has been assessed
Single day: TBD
Season pass: Starting at $349



EPIC Pass*

Includes resorts indicated with an asterisk (*)
Starting at $619

IKON Pass**

Includes resorts indicated with an asterisk (**)
Starting at $1,149





Last year, resorts had many varied safety measures in place, but this year we've all got this pandemic-protection thing down, and resort-specific requirements are less common. Stick with local laws, whether you're in Nevada or California, and make sure you're prepared to wear a mask indoors regardless of your vaccination status. Although it's not required, we recommend wearing a face covering outdoors as well if you're able - it'll keep your face warm and virus-free!





Wait, isn't that a principle of Leave No Trace? YES! Those are our commandments for the outdoors no matter the season or sport. Ways you can prepare this winter include:

  • Get a pass. You can support your local mountain while getting a pretty sweet deal for the season - usually, the earlier you buy, the more you save!
  • Lease your gear and apparel. Especially if you’ve got growing kids or want to try-before-you-buy, renting is an awesome option for gearing up for the season. If you think you’ll rent more than a couple times, season leases save you money, help you avoid unnecessary trips to the store and lines at the resort, on top of giving you the flexibility to head up whenever you feel like it - you’ll be glad you’re ready on those powder days. Check out our snow rentals!
  • Keep an eye on the weather. If a storm is coming in and conditions could look dicey, avoid the drive, whether that means heading out earlier or rescheduling altogether - your safety comes first. Before you head out, don’t forget to make sure you have everything you need with our handy checklist!
  • Pack that PPE. This season, you’ll likely only need it indoors (and outdoors at specific resorts) but hey, it’s always good to be prepared - be sure to check out your resorts COVID safety policies before you arrive.
  • Make a contingency plan. Some resorts will require a reservation in advance and will not have lift tickets available at the counter. If you don’t have a reservation for the day (and it’s required), there’s plenty of great places in Tahoe for sledding, snowshoeing, or even building a snowman.
  • Parking - first come, first served. With a lack of public transportation and carpooling due to the pandemic, parking is proving to be an issue. If you want to guarantee your day on the mountain try to get there early - you’ll also have the added benefit of being some of the first on the trails!







Winter weather is never predictable so it's important to be safe and prepared. Besides tire chains, Caltrans recommends you stock your car with the items below:

  • Snow brush & ice scraper - keep your windows clear of snow so you can see it all
  • Shovel - a lifesaver for when your car gets snowed-in
  • Blankets & extra clothing - stay comfortable with warm blankets and your favorite hoodie
  • Gloves - especially helpful for when you're installing chains
  • Water & snacks - great to have if you're snowed-in, even better to have if you're not
  • Flashlight - don't forget the batteries!
  • First aid kit - always a necessity, whether you're snow-bound or not



Go to the next article:  Sports Basement's Snow Trip Essentials

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