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Ski Resorts Prepare for Super Bowl

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Sunday is typically one of the busiest days of the week for skiing but with the Super Bowl just two days away, that could all change, on Sunday.

But some ski resorts say they're not competing against the big game. They're actually embracing it. Heavenly Mountain Resort Marketing Director Russ Pecoraro says location makes all the difference.

"We really think Heavenly is one of the best destinations in the entire world to watch the Super Bowl, short of New Orleans, this week," Pecoraro said.

"You've got the lake, you've got some of the best views in the world, right here," South Lake Tahoe Resident Erik Detwieler said. "Great weather all the time and hopefully, with the Super Bowl, it won't be too crowded. We'll have the mountain to ourselves."

Detwieler says he plans on hitting the slopes in the morning and hosting a Super Bowl party in the afternoon.

In fact, he says he can ski back to his house.

"We've got a keg on tap," Detwieler said. "We might have a second type of beer. We'll have some good food and a bunch of people. Great time."

Pecoraro says with the casinos and the sportsbooks so close, skiers can have the best of both worlds, and they might even make it home for the game.

"I'm going to ski in the morning, take my kids to ski school," Pecoraro said. "They're out by three. Get back in time for kickoff. It will be a great scenario."

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe is also looking forward to the Super Bowl.

"What a great way to start your day," Mike Pierce, Mt. Rose Marketing Director, said. "Come up, take a few runs, and you're at home with plenty of time to get the game in."

To celebrate the 49ers, they're offering $49 lift tickets.

"We're on the west coast," Pierce said. "It's great for that team. Just for the west coast in general, to have that kind of presence in the Super Bowl. We want to support the Niners."

Like Heavenly, you can also watch the first half of the Super Bowl at the Mt. Rose lodges.

There will be some promos throughout the first half, but both resorts will close at halftime.

"We'll have some specials on beers," Pierce said. "We're going to do wings at the Slide Bar, at Winters Creek. We're going to have a chili dog special at the main lodge. So, everybody's in the spirit."

Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley USA will also have $49 lift tickets, Sunday.

Both will host Super Bowl parties with food and drink specials.

Whether you plan on enjoying the views from the mountains or from your living room couch, officials say there's plenty of things to do this Sunday, whether you're going to be watching the game, hitting the slopes, or both.

Written by Paul Nelson
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