Winter Warm-Up - Early Season Deals - Presidio Run - Green Film Fest


Winter Warm-Up

Hear that? . . . The mountains are calling. It’s been a while since you’ve shredded the nar, and now’s the time to gear up for the season with some great deals, leg-pumping runs, and inspiring flicks.

Ski Big Air Lake Tahoe

Snow Savers

Rise like the early bird and get those winter worms with these pre-season deals and steals. At tonight’s Snowfest, skiers and boarders can score free lift tickets at Northstar or Sierra-at-Tahoe. Just be one of the first 200 customers to drop $50 or more. Meanwhile, Northstar’s offering an Early Bird $178-per-night (three-night minimum) package for two in the village, with free lift tickets per night stay. Or bring three friends and stay for $316 per night in a two-bedroom/one-bath suite with four free lift tickets per night stay. Details. For season passes, here’s one that comes with a Rocky Mountain high: for $349 Heavenly lets you ski seven days a week (blackout dates apply) for the season—plus it gives you three free days of skiing at Vail Resorts’ four Colorado slopes. Find out more.

SnowFest: Sports Basement Presidio, 610 Mason St. (across from Crissy Field), SF; Nov. 9, 6:00–9:00 p.m.

TIP: Need to replace or find winter gear? Check out the Bay Area Ski & Snowboard Show this Friday through Sunday at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. The $15 admission includes a free lift ticket valid from season open to Dec. 15, plus Jan. 1-5 and 8-12, at Alpine Meadows, Kirkwood, or Mt. Rose. Information.


Winterize your lungs and set those endorphins loose on Sunday, Nov. 19, at the fifth annual Presidio Trails 5K or 10K Run in San Francisco. It’s a chance to take in the pine-scented gorgeous greenery through the park’s winding trails. The ocean views are spectacular—and the run will get your muscles tuned for carving those freshies. More information.

BONUS: If you’re ready to run this weekend, make like Dean Karnazes and sprint to Redwood Trails’ Pt. Reyes Beach and Trail Run on Saturday. This one’s completely on the beach: even shoes are optional. (Just imagine you’re gliding through powder.) Register online before the 200 slots sell out: $24.95 for the 5K, $34.95 for the 10K or half-marathon.

Call of the Wild

Jonesing for a hit of the great outdoors? Head to The Independent and kick off your weekend early with the original Jones at Patagonia’s Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival. Tonight’s marquee short film, “Discover Hetch Hetchy,” features Harrison Ford, and is followed by a panel discussion. The evening also includes performances from notable blues musicians Ron Thompson and Angela Strehli. The film fest opens this weekend’s Green Festival at the Concourse Exhibition Center in the city. Get your green groove on.

The Independent, 628 Divisadero St., SF (415-771-1421).

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