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Planning a trip to Tahoe and need some advice

I'll be flying out to Tahoe area from April 1-3 and looking for some insight as to where to hit. Given the travel time, I'm really only looking for one resort. Any ideas? Also, if you're familiar with any good discounts or promos they do around that area for a short term trip like this, please let me know. Thanks all. Rip it and grip it.
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What kind of riding do you want to do (park, groomers, etc.)?

Do you want any nightlife after riding all day (South Lake)?
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Northstar has a BOGO adult lift ticket deal if you fill 10 gallons of gas at Shell, not valid Saturdays; they also have a discount coupon for $61 lift tickets that you can pick up at local shops. (Kind of sad that a $61 lift ticket is actually considered a "discount"...)
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The Shell coupons are good at more than Northstar, I believe they are also valid at Sierra at Tahoe, Mt. Rose and a few other places.
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The Shell coupons are good at more than Northstar, I believe they are also valid at Sierra at Tahoe, Mt. Rose and a few other places.
The Shell coupons are a great deal. We had an SUV on our last trip, 20 gal tank...I ran it it until the gas tank was dry the first week, then stopped at one Shell in Truckee for 10 gals, and another Shell to force in another ten gals. So four of us rode at Northstar for the price of two. Not my first choice in Tahoe, but at that price it was well worth it. Since you only have a couple of days, why worry about ticket prices? Just go for it and experience the good stuff like Squaw and Kirkwood. You'll get such a hard-on for the place, you'll go back next season and spend a week or two...THEN you'll need to worry about discount tickets.
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Thanks all. Trying to do mostly groomers since it's such a short trip. We'll probably do a few laps through the park but mostly there just to get some good turns in on the trails. Some glades or bowls would be nice but trying to stay away from the skier-oriented resorts w/ mucho traverses. Good night life would be a bonus but not a super priority.

And the discount thing was just seeing what's available. If it's out there, might as well use it. But like surfinsnow said, for a trip like this flying across the country we're not going to cry about spending a couple more bucks.

Appreciate the help guys.
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I just came back two weeks ago. The discount tickets I've seen for weekends were $70. REI members and our hotel (Grand Sierra) had them. This was for northstar.

Squaw Valley has a promotion that if you land in Reno, you can get a free lift ticket that very same day for the afternoon/night session. Not sure if it's still running in April.

Too bad when we went it was all ice. NO real snow since December.
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With your limited time schedule, I would just stay in Reno (presuming you are flying in there) and hit up Mt. Rose for the few days you have. But that's just me.
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kirkwood and squaw are the best in tahoe for real challenging terrain. those are always my recommendations.
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Looks like it's going to be Squaw. Flying into Sacramento on Thurs night (mainly to visit our buddy who moved out there) and then shuffle over to the resort and fly back out Sunday. Not the optimal situation, but its the best we could do when juggling everyone's priorities. Some people have to be back for work, others want this and that, blah blah blah. Anyway, hopefully the conditions will be decent then. About half our group are "intermediate" shredders who will be staying in the milder areas while the rest of us hit the other parts of the hill. This will be my first time in the Tahoe area so looking forward to it.
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