Reverse skiing up a mountain is only possible during full moons on the summer equinox, which is why Rube Goldberg invented ski lifts. Easily ascend to high elevations with today's Groupon: for $75, you get a Tahoe Gold card for the 2011–12 season from SnowBomb.com (a $150 value). Click here for complete card details.
SnowBomb's Tahoe Gold card helps snow bunnies explore fresh powder with up to potentially $500 worth of passes to winter-sporting venues, ski- and snowboard-equipment rental, and a two-night resort stay. Flashing one of six free, all-day passes, mountaineers carve tracks and haikus into the snow at four downhill sites, such as Kirkwood and Alpine Meadows, and cut cross-country trails at both Royal Gorge and Tahoe Cross Country. The card also provides discounts on any ticket purchased at eight snow sanctuaries including Sugarbowl, Kirkwood, and Mt. Rose. Gear heads at seven shops throughout Northern California and Nevada outfit cardholders with free rental equipment and tune-up dull blades or imaginary snowmobiles on the house.
During a two-night getaway at the Grand Sierra Resort, guests explore an on-site theater, virtual golf course, and casino or venture to surrounding areas to reap the card's dining discounts. A one-year subscription to Ski Magazine or Transworld Snowboarding Magazine fuels dreams of catching air and playing with paper cutout skiers.