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    Posted: Aug/11/2010 at 12:30am
I'm contemplating visiting Tahoe for a month next year. If you were a first time visitor, and had a month there,  with a moderate budget, what would you do?

Get the Epic Pass and ride the Heavenly and some big resorts?
Buy a mix of mid-week and day passes as you go and visit as many resorts as you can?

love to get some feedback. cheers!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/11/2010 at 1:16am
I wouldn't put all of my eggs in one basket, and the big corporate H can get old.

Tahoe offers a wide variety of great resorts, each of them offering something different and each excelling in their own different aspects.

Kirkwood is great on a powder day, and always has nice snow
Northstar has a great park
Squaw is world class, big mountain with lots of terrain.
Sierra is laid back with good tree riding
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/11/2010 at 3:15am
cheers banana. A kirkwood midweek pass plus day tickets to to other resorts looks like an economical and fun way to do Tahoe for the first time.

Is Tahoe resorts packed during midweek (feb)?. I absolutely hate crowds!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/11/2010 at 4:31am
Tahoe resorts are a sure go midweek.  Don't worry about crowds until the weekends, especially the holiday weekend Feb 19-21.   Definitely do not buy an Epic season pass as it only applies to Vail Resorts, which owns one resort in Tahoe and the rest in Colorado.  The Heavenly only pass is much less expensive at $369 if you want to go that route.  But still, with all the resorts packed in the Tahoe area it's better to spread your love around a bit.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/11/2010 at 3:51pm
I'm such a noob when it comes to US resorts. I thought Epic pass had access to other resorts in the area, how wrong was I. Can't believe how spread out the resorts around the US are.

I'm liking the sound of Kirkwood 6wood pass + Tahoe 6 pack to try out other mountains.

Which area would be best to stay for a month. Key factors is affordability and access to resorts. Nightlife no biggy as I'd probably be working at nights.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/11/2010 at 4:23pm
The only problem with K-Wood is that it's far away. Even if you lived in South Lake it would take you an hour to get there. It can also be very difficult (or impossible) to get to on a pow/storm day. The road is very susceptible to avy danger and gets closed after/during big dumps. Super fun mountain though, but even for Tahoe locals it's more of an every once in a while resort.

My advice would be to stay up in North Lake, Truckee, Tahoe City, etc.. You have much more variety and more assessable resorts in a close proximity. Within 30 minutes you have Squaw, Alpine, Northstar, Sugar Bowl, Boreal (fun night shred).
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/11/2010 at 4:38pm
yeah everyone should stay away from k-wood, especially on pow days, the roads are notoriously treacherous often closed in both directions because avalanche danger. You could get stuck there with no place to stay. It is way far out of the way and the pow is over rated!  
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/11/2010 at 6:18pm
Good that someone brought this topic up. Ill be in cali around Dec 9-14, and prob go on the weekend as I have no choice. Which resort in cali do your recommend for like a 2-3 days weekend in Cali. Im not big with park riding, more freeriding.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/11/2010 at 6:27pm
Peekaboo - depends on where in California you'll be. If you're in central Cali, Mammoth is always a good bet. If you'll be a bit more north, there are many places in Tahoe (I would recommend Sugar Bowl). Southern Cali doesn't offer much, but I would suggest Snow Summit.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/13/2010 at 6:08am
Ill be in Anaheim, im willing to drive to tahoe if its worth it. So you recommended mammoth, Sugar bowl, and snow summit? I have never been to any of these resort around this time. Is it crowded on weekends around early dec?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/13/2010 at 6:55am
To the OP...as a previous season pass holder of Kirkwood, it is a stretch to to get there and heed the warnings about getting stuck when there's a storm.  But, if you have a month, go visit it during the midweek and take advantage of a HUGE mtn practically to yourself.  Lots of terrain...there's a front and a backside which gives you plenty of area to explore.  Kirkwood is an awesome bluebird day!  But, what resort isn't!Big smile

I think Heavenly is overrated, but very convenient.  There's a Gondola at a parking lot off the main st into South Lake Tahoe.  I haven't been there for at least 4 yrs now, so maybe it's more snowboard friendly...when I went, I think there were a lot more skiers than there were snowboarders.

Sierra at Tahoe is the first resort I went to and thought that it was pretty good for what it is...don't remember much, it was awhile ago.  I think there was a decent amount that was park/groomed/all-mtn.

That's all I remember about South Lake Tahoe area...and casinos....not many, less than a handful I believe.

Haven't been to North Lake Tahoe area but as eMoney said, if you're in Truckee area, there's all those resorts that are relatively close to each other.  Lots of park riding at Northstar, Squaw for all mtn, ditto what EMoney said.

Peekaboo - lots of LA and southern cali residence hit up Mammoth and Bear Mtn/Snow Summit.  If you're visiting, driving 5+ hrs to Mammoth is the best for all mtn.  For Bear and Snow Summit, I think Bear is more park centric and Snow Summit is more all mtn.  It's also closer...like maybe less than 2hrs?  But, Mammoth is like 4x as big as Bear and Summit.  Also, bear and Summit are more like 1 day trips, but of course you can make it a weekend thing if you have a group of people going.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/13/2010 at 7:03am
to get to as many resorts as many times as you want, try the California Gold Pass $2,450, ride any resort, every day...oh, and when you're done w/ the trip, can i have it? hehe
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/13/2010 at 7:07am
If I were you, I would stay in Truckee and buy the Northstar and Squaw passes. Work on weekends to avoid the crowds.
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/13/2010 at 7:26am
Originally posted by Alkasquawlik

If I were you, I would stay in Truckee and buy the Northstar and Squaw passes. Work on weekends to avoid the crowds.
 
 


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I would just throw in Alpine Meadows as an alternate to Squaw as well. Squaw is sick of course, but a rat race on pow days. It's kinda like being a tourist on the North Shore and paddling out at Pipeline, you will get run over by the locals real quick.

Alpine has similar terrain (right next door to Squaw), but is much more laid back and less crowded.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/04/2010 at 10:43am
snow summit is ok i went on a weekday and there were no crowds at all but the snow got very icy later on in the day and it was pure slush. but if you go to tahoe go on a weekday to northstar sierra at tahoe homewood or alpine meadows. but homewood and kirkwood you can pretty much go any time and it wont be crowded
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/04/2010 at 10:46am
north shore has way more resorts than south shore but south shore has a lot more fun things to do other than riding, so it all depends on where u are staying
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/27/2010 at 7:30pm
I'm thinking of a similar trip, but without the working. What would it be like staying in Truckee or Tahoe City without a car to get to the resorts?

Heavenly stands out because you can stay in an actual town, not some little village, and still walk to most of the lifts. Anywhere in the North of the Lake that you can do the same?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/12/2010 at 8:06am
Agreed.
I love Heavenly... getting my season pass there. The pow is pretty good, the night life is really great, and there's some pretty sick hidden trails. It's crowded on California side, the Nevada side is almost always empty.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/13/2010 at 11:00am
Homewood has gooddeals ($29) on tues and thurs. or midweek tix, must purchase online for the discount...(if I remembered correctly).
Diamond peak was a sm. mtn. but tix go as low as $29. (again, if I remember it correctly).
keep checking back http://www.slidingonthecheap.com for updates. one of the deal was tix as low as $20 which were from porter's at tahoe.
if you know someone in the norcal, have em go to the ski festivals to get the free or 2 for 1 tix deal.
TahoeCard, http://www.snowbomb.com/tahoecard/winter/ , is $50 now but if you can go to SnowBomb, is only $40. Includes free lift tix and other discounts for lift tix, lodging, free tune ups, etc.
Friking Fridays at Boreal if you're a student, $20 or around there.  
Or any night riding, Boreal, Squaw just increased their night riding area...
That's all I can remember for now, let you know if anything else comes up.
Also, http://www.snowbomb.com and http://www.onthesnow.com have coupons and discounts too.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/17/2010 at 12:43am
Originally posted by 2zz

Diamond peak was a sm. mtn. but tix go as low as $29. (again, if I remember it correctly).


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/26/2010 at 12:09am
^ hahaha, i hated Diamond PWeak too. it's very small, the runs are narrow and the slopes are... bunny hill stats.... I won't go on but there's never anyone there that's why i suggested just in case everywhere else is crowded.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/09/2010 at 2:39pm
Originally posted by Peekaboo

Good that someone brought this topic up. Ill be in cali around Dec 9-14, and prob go on the weekend as I have no choice. Which resort in cali do your recommend for like a 2-3 days weekend in Cali. Im not big with park riding, more freeriding.

Head to Alpine Meadows for chill, local mountain with tons of fresh snow even on weekends. I love Squaw because it is an epic mountains, but it can get crowded and powder gets tracked out in hours. Alpine provides hikes from the lifts so you can earn your powder turns. Northstar is known for its park, but can be super crowded and parking is an issue. If it is stormy, your best bets are Homewood (small, local, good tree riding, amazing lake views) or Northstar as both are sheltered. 
I like the North Shore much more than commercialized south shore. For rentals - I recommend Tahoe Dave's - new equipment and friendly, helpful customer service. 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/09/2010 at 2:42pm
Originally posted by will_mcc1

I'm thinking of a similar trip, but without the working. What would it be like staying in Truckee or Tahoe City without a car to get to the resorts?

Heavenly stands out because you can stay in an actual town, not some little village, and still walk to most of the lifts. Anywhere in the North of the Lake that you can do the same?

I live in Tahoma on the west shore. I would not recommend this area without a car, but buses from Tahoe City and Truckee are good options. Lots of people come here for winter and do not have cars- most work at the mountains. I wouldn't go too far out of town, but the area is doable without a car. It is also known for hitch hiking. I pick up people regularly and haven't had a problem. North Shore is so much nicer than South Shore. I would recommend getting a pass - that is why many work at mountains, just for the passes. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/09/2010 at 2:45pm
Originally posted by zhenjie

I'm such a noob when it comes to US resorts. I thought Epic pass had access to other resorts in the area, how wrong was I. Can't believe how spread out the resorts around the US are.

I'm liking the sound of Kirkwood 6wood pass + Tahoe 6 pack to try out other mountains.

Which area would be best to stay for a month. Key factors is affordability and access to resorts. Nightlife no biggy as I'd probably be working at nights.

I skied Squaw the past 2 years and never got tired of the terrain. North Shore buses are pretty good for getting to resorts. Squaw and Alpine Meadows are about 5 miles from Tahoe City and maybe 12 from Truckee. Mt. Rose is a little far. You can get Alpine/Homewood passes for pretty cheap and never tire of the resorts, especially if you are there for only a month. What is the Tahoe 6? 
I know Northstar  (NorthLake) and HEavenly (southlake) are now owned by the same company so next year's epic should cover both plus Colorado resorts. 
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