First Tracks, Last Tracks

First Tracks, Last TracksIf you’re like me, you get easily bored with routine even when it comes to your winter adventure.  The great news is that Lake Tahoe offer tons of fun, unique events to ensure that you get the most out of your trip to the mountain.  Here I would like to highlight some local favorites…. First Tracks and Last Tracks!

First Things First
It’s no secret that skiers and snowboarders love the excitement of getting up early, gear laid out, itching to be on the first chair up the mountain to be rewarded by first tracks down the mountain.  This ritual becomes especially coveted on a powder day.  Resorts like Northstar California and Squaw Valley have created special packages to get visitors out on the mountain BEFORE the resorts even open!  Here is a bit more detail on both.

First Tracks, Last TracksFirst Tracks and Breakfast at Northstar California, recommended for advanced skiers and riders, is offered Saturdays throughout the winter season weather and conditions permitting. For the rest of this season the program will be offered the following three Saturdays:  March 9th, March 16th and March 23rd.  Tickets are $80 per person and tours start promptly at 7:30am.  Guests will head to the backside of the mountain for first tracks. By the time the mountain is opened to the public, you will be enjoying an inclusive breakfast at the Zephyr Lodge.

Squaw Valley’s program, Dawn Patrol is available to guest of all ages allowing visitors early access to the resort’s expansive terrain whether it be untouched corduroy or fresh powder depending on the morning.  Tickets range from $12-$29 depending on age and special 50% discounts are available to season pass holders.  Dawn Patrol is also available every Saturday for the rest of March including:  March 9th, March 16th and March 23rd.

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Let’s be honest, 7:30am on a Saturday canbe pretty tough to swing after a long week at work or a late Friday night. Another exclusive mountain experience is Last Tracks at Diamond Peak in Incline Village. This package only $29 for a late-day lift ticket, gives skiers and riders two hours of access and an invitation to the last chair up the mountain to the scenic Snowflake Lodge.  Here guests will enjoy breathing views of Lake Tahoe along with wine, beer and appetizers.  Finally, last trackers enjoy a freshly re-groomed trail down the mountain all to themselves.  Now that is my kind of Après Ski Experience!

Last Tracks & Winery Schedule for the remaining 2013 Season:

  • March 7th – SnowFest Celebration Special Event! Geek out in your best costume attire and enjoy Lone Eagle Grille Snacks
  • March 9th – New Belgium Brewery from Colorado
  • March 16th – Peachy Canyon from Paso Robles
  • March 23rd – French versus Spanish Wine Shoot Out
  • March 30th – Trinchero Family of Wines from Napa, Shenandoah Valley & Sonoma
  • April 6th – Rogue Brewery from Oregon
  • April 13th – Constellation Wines

Which would you prefer – First Tracks or Last Tracks?  Vote for one by sharing it in the comments below.  For me personally, it depends on the day.  On powder days, definitely First Tracks but for sunny spring days, I can’t of a better way to end a Saturday than with Last Tracks.

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