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  Quote julius77 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Small/Local Resorts in Lake Tahoe
    Posted: May/31/2013 at 11:40am
Boreal was the first place I had a season pass to. I got so comfortable on boxes/rails there. Also, when there is enough snow, they set up a racecourse on the Western backside (right side when looking at the resort from the parking lot). Not bad for a $240 season pass (2 seasons ago). But, someone did steal my mask when there and I guess it's known for more shady crap like that. I always used the free board check or used my lock when I was in the lodge.
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  Quote Muse25 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/14/2013 at 4:28pm
Boreal was the very first mountain I got to try out any snow sport for the 1st time. So I got some love for boreal
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  Quote jibhugger Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/13/2013 at 7:44pm
Originally posted by Cooperla

In all honesty, park is ALL you can do at Boreal. It is good value, especially with the 1-2-3 thing, but it's just so darned short. Night riding is the awesome though.

Love Sugar Bowl and Homewood. Also Donner Ranch, though small and janky, is cheap, you'll have the place to yourself, and after pow days still has untouched snow in the trees on the backside.

Agreed, boreal is my go-to because i can go after school and just chill in the park with my junkies :D
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  Quote Cooperla Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/13/2013 at 12:57pm
In all honesty, park is ALL you can do at Boreal. It is good value, especially with the 1-2-3 thing, but it's just so darned short. Night riding is the awesome though.

Love Sugar Bowl and Homewood. Also Donner Ranch, though small and janky, is cheap, you'll have the place to yourself, and after pow days still has untouched snow in the trees on the backside.
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  Quote jibhugger Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/13/2013 at 11:58am
C'mon peoples, where is the love for Boreal?! Yea, its small as shtook but you get a 12 hour day for 40 bucks (teen price)

Not to mention you can spend a lot of time in the park, given that the runs are short
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i used to like bear valley as well before the ownership change... just not the same atmosphere anymore....
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  Quote nifeblade Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/07/2013 at 12:06pm
I've been to sugarbowl when it was INSANELY crowded... never again am I going during new years.
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  Quote SLUSHIE Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/04/2013 at 3:02pm
I would have to say Homewood.  Sugar Bowl is good too but I'm not sure I would call it a small local resort.  It's pretty well known.

Same goes for Alpine.
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  Quote 2zz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/04/2013 at 2:19pm
Alpine is not bad but I don't care much for their layout and terrain.
Sugarbowl is great on pow days, but can be crowded. Good runs.
Diamond Peak I don't really care for.
Homewood is probably my favorite, never crowded, decent terrain, good view at the lake.

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  Quote Piranha Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/04/2013 at 1:25pm
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Originally posted by Muse25

Anyone have opinions on Alpine and China Peak?



Alpine Meadows is ok. They have 10 lifts operating right now so it's a medium-sized resort. China Peak is really small and barely has any snow in my opinion.
china peak isn't a Tahoe resort...it's way south, closer to mammoth, if anything.  It just happens to be in the same mtn range as Tahoe.

look at the photos in my profile and tell me china peak barely has any snow.  I've been a CP local going on 8 years and I can tell you from experience that they usually have tons of natural snow (they don't even make fake snow after dec...they take those ugly guns down and away).  Granted, last season was the worst I've ever seen it, but this year is shaping up quite well and the 2 seasons before last were absolutely stacked with knee to waist deep dumps practically every 2 weeks.  

CP is relatively small (about half the size of alpine), but at 1,200 acres, you could fit about 6 mid-western resorts on it and the terrain varies from mild to wild (a bunch of massive boulder drops and some cliffs that probably no one on this site would ever tackle). 
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  Quote snowboardinrox357 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/04/2013 at 12:39pm
Originally posted by Muse25

Anyone have opinions on Alpine and China Peak?



Alpine Meadows is ok. They have 10 lifts operating right now so it's a medium-sized resort. China Peak is really small and barely has any snow in my opinion.
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  Quote Muse25 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/03/2013 at 10:30pm
Anyone have opinions on Alpine and China Peak?
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  Quote snowboardinrox357 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/02/2013 at 1:10pm
I really like Sugar Bowl. They have nice powder and terrain :)
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  Quote Muse25 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/02/2013 at 12:19pm
These resorts are decent if you decide to get a lift/bus package. Comes out to $45-$50 for a lift tix.
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  Quote sourgummies Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/02/2013 at 11:14am
yikes! for the price of a lift ticket at sugar bowl, you'd be better off going to kirkwood. but sugar bowl still has a bit of that disney character to it.
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  Quote lightning80 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/28/2012 at 8:14am
sugar bowl has pretty good terrain for a smallish resort.
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  Quote CassinoNorth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/27/2012 at 6:19pm
Donner, Alpine and Sugar Bowl are all really fun places. Great vibes.

Homewood has the best lake view by far though.
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  Quote Muse25 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/27/2012 at 5:18pm
What is your favorite small/local feel resort? I just rode sugar bowl for the frat time and what a hidden gem, great pow! Diamond peak has Great Lake views and a really decent price!
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