So I am looking at coming into SLT next week and I have a rental car waiting for me. Any suggestions of where I can get chains (and price) so I can have them in the car in-case this "Storm" actually rolls in. I know suggestions have been posted before, but I (typical) did not take note of them, then. I'll be coming up from Reno, btw.
Also, any insider suggestions of where to go in the eve/what to do? I've been to Tahoe before, but I spent most of my time driving back and forths to Kirkwood. I'll probably do the same this year, but I'll have the lady with me and it'd be nice to take her out to see a band or something.
Finally,...can anyone comment on whether the shuttle busses from SLT to Kirkwood and/or Squaw are frequently impacted by snow. I'd hate to be all excited to hit Kirkwood only to not have a way to get there. If I can drive, I will (and have), but if I can have a shuttle as an option (especially if I don't end-up with chains) I'd like to utilize the resource.
As always, thanks!
First of all, if you have a rental car, DON'T GET CHAINS. Or at least, check with the rental firm first. We were told that chains are expressly forbidden in your rental agreement, and if they find evidence you've used them (or worse, if they break and damage the car) you're screwed. Liable for the repairs, plus they levy penalties. If you do still want them, they're about $29 just about anywhere (and you can usually return them at the end of your trip). Not hard to find. But it's better to just get a small 4x4 with CalTrans-approved snow tires (which is just about any of them...look for the red dot on the side of the tire).
Is there a huge storm coming? Only route 89 through Emerald Bay will be impacted (to a lesser extent, the Carson Pass to Kirkwood -- it'll get scary, but they don't shut it down as quick as they do 89), which means you'd have to drive up the east side of the lake and over the top. Adds an hour, but it's not horrible. If you're in SLT, I think the ferry runs from Heavenly to Tahoe City every day. That's an option, though I've never done it.
As for stuff to do, since you're in SLT you'll have lots of options. There are lots of casinos, bars and clubs. I personally detest the place...it's a honky-tonk. We always stay in Tahoe City. It's boring, but you're 10-15 minutes from Squaw, Alpine Meadows, Homewood, then Nortstar a bit farther up, and easy access to Sugarbowl. Lots more riding very close by. SLT only has Heavenly, which basically blows for snowboarding.