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Old 02-11-2010, 08:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default New to snowboarding- are lift tikets needed?

Here my situation I'm basically just starting out and the closes ski resort is lake tahoe wich is about 5 hours away.

So I plan on going and staying on a hotel or somewhere for one night so I get full two days of boarding.

But that means between gas rooms food (eventhough I'm going with my buddy) I'm not ganna be able to afford the lift ticket for two days. Especially since were going to try Togo every other week.

My question is do resort let you walk up the side of the hill and snow board down?

I'm starting so that means the smallest hill. I don't mind the exercise I just wanna snowboard
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Old 02-11-2010, 09:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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At least around here, no. If caught without a lift ticket here you get charged 50 bucks plus the price of a lift ticket.

I know you're just starting, but do you have your own gear? If so, maybe a sled hill or park is the best bet. You'll get tired mighty quick learning the sport and hiking the hill at the same time.
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Old 02-11-2010, 09:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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generally not.
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Old 02-11-2010, 09:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Resorts won't let you at all as you're cutting into their revenues.
Plus, you're actually creating a danger for everyone else on the hill (and yourself).

Agreed with the poster above. But don't give up hope. A lot of places have specials every now and then so keep your eyes open (2 for 1 sort of deals).
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Old 02-11-2010, 09:11 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Where do you plan on going?
I know at Boreal (not really Lake Tahoe) they won't let you through the gate with out a pass, but if you pay for the little beginner lesson you get the lesson, the rental gear and a lift pass for the day. I'm pretty sure any or all of the Tahoe resorts will have a similar deals. Check their websites.

This is what I did at Boreal: 3 days of lessons (non consecutive days, but you could do them one after the other) 1st day was $65, then the 2nd and 3rd were only $25 each. Then after I did the third lesson, they gave me a Season Pass. $115 for 3 days of lessons, with rental and lift, and then a free Seasons pass?! Too good. Even if you just did two days, it would be 90 dollars, plus you'd get the teaching proper.

Note: I am in no way affiliated with Boreal Mountain Ski Resort.

Check online for these deals, clearly worth it.
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Old 02-11-2010, 09:27 PM   #6 (permalink)
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If you're just starting out, the group lessons thing might be your best bet. The cost would pay for lift rides but also you'd actually learn how to snowboard instead of spending the whole weekend hiking uphill and flopping around on the way down.
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Eat off the dollar menu and use a travel site to find the cheapest possible room. One time we thought we were getting the best deal at $80 a night but there was a place 5 miles further for $40 a night. Big money saved.

Or maybe skip a weekend and save that cash for a lift ticket. There are a lot of places to skimp when making a trip to get a little extra cash.
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Hahah what a trooper, hiking up the mountain. You won't get too far before saying ''eff this!'' lol

Now's the time to borrow money from that ex gf who still wants you hahah XD!!
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Old 02-11-2010, 11:42 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Hahah what a trooper, hiking up the mountain. You won't get too far before saying ''eff this!'' lol

Now's the time to borrow money from that ex gf who still wants you hahah XD!!
Rofl!!! Awesome
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Old 02-11-2010, 11:55 PM   #10 (permalink)
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get a season pass bro its one expensive fea but it will pay for it self in 4-5 days of riding
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