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Old 02-21-2012, 01:41 PM   #21 (permalink)
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thanks hellside and kirkrider, i will keep those advices in mind as i advance

how about homewood, what are the easier blues there if you guys have any experience? i know they have a long green from all the way from the top
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You get there early (8ish) and park under chair 6 for fast access to your car. Get your warm up on chair 5 going skier's right, easier run, then skier's left for your second warm up. Enjoy the XC runs dand the jumps if you like, and cut ski right to chair 11, unless you feel ready for a steeper section on chair 6. Get a couple of runs there, maybe explore the "reut" under chair 11, take a break on chair 1 ( super bunny ) and venture to chair 2. Still very easy. Get the view from the top and rid down the other way to chair 3. Still very easy. Now that you're really warmed up and the line is getting a few people deep head to chair 4 ( sunrise) and enjoy the open bowl of the backside. You can't go wrong there. Wide open groomers with plenty of sidecountry to enjoy. Stay on the trail or cut trough the woods. The grade is always mellow. Once you got enough of the runs we can start talking about the bowls and the palisades. Steeper and trickier terrain. The wall, Norm's nose, the chutes and the lip of the wave
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Old 02-21-2012, 02:23 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Then 5 over and over again. I got carried away. Love Homewood...But I have been there only once. I'm addicted to Kirkwood.
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Old 02-21-2012, 02:58 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Hmmm, I do actually think TC Express (Chair 7) is the easiest of the blue runs. The Chair 3 runs (Iron Horse) off the backside are also easier blues, but the snow usually isn't as nice as Chair 7.

Chair 9/Bunny is probably one of the most mellow runs in all of Lake Tahoe. It's a great place to learn and experiment. If you want something just a step up in difficulty, definitely Chair 1 (Snowkirk) is the way to go.

So, probably in order of difficulty:
Chair 9 (Green)
Chair 1 (Green)
Chair 7 (Blue)
Chair 3 (Blue)
Chair 2 (Blue... this is how you get to/from Chair 3, you need to take Chair 1 to get here anyways)
Chair 11 (Buckboard/Blue)
Chair 5 (One of the steeper blues in Kirkwood)
Chair 4 (Blue)

As for Homewood, I really didn't think the resort was very beginner friendly, but I could be wrong. The bunny area is all rope lifts (horrible for snowboarders). The long green runs are not very steep, but they're all kind of narrow cat-tracks. If you can handle narrow spaces, I guess you'll be fine. The view really is rather amazing.

I think the resort with the easiest top-to-bottom run is Sierra, but you don't get much view of the lake like Homewood.

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Old 02-21-2012, 03:07 PM   #25 (permalink)
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thanks hellside and kirkrider, i will keep those advices in mind as i advance

how about homewood, what are the easier blues there if you guys have any experience? i know they have a long green from all the way from the top

I suggest you go to Squaw if you donít have preference. Squaw has some discount that makes it cheaper than Kirkwood and Homewood due to the bad snow year if you know a pass holder (.e.g. me ). Squaw has a huge beginner area for you to play with. You can start from Link chair (easier if you take cable car) on the upper mountain Gold Coast areba. It is as flat as Chair 9 at Kirkwood but maybe twice as long. There are two other biginneer chairs next to it that offer steeper beginner runs. If these become to easy for you, you can take Gold Coast express which is also easily accessable from the beginner runs. If it is too steep, you can easily get back to the beginner area from Gold Coast Express (6 pack). You can move on the Shirley (6 pack express) or Solitude (3 pack) (which is right next to Link chair) after Gold Coast. After Shirley, you can try Siberia Express (4 pack), or Headwall (6 pack express). These are advance runs that offer things as steep as Wall or Cornice at Kirkwood but has easy way out if you can ride advance beginner runs. If you like long run, you can end the day with Mountain Run which is more than 3 miles long. You are welcome to PM me to get a tour or anything else about Squaw. I have passes to both Kirkwood and Squaw for several years now so I am not exactly biased.

This is Siberia Express, I was a few chairs behind the person who took this at this day

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Squaw is probably a good idea, if it's really that cheap. My wife learned "big mountain" there, even though she never did any big mountain skiing. It's more the intimidation factor...Squaw looks HUGE when you pull up to the parking lot, but the weird thing is all the beginner terrain is up top at Gold Coast. So you ride the gondola up and see all the huge drops, but you get out in a very flat area. If you like it, as the previous poster said, it is easy to link to some more challenging blues. Plus, there is a certain vibe about the place, being a former Olympic site. And it's much easier to get to than Kirkwood. I LOVE Kirkwood, but only since I became an advanced rider and could really appreciate the terrain. Squaw offers a great mix of closeness to town, big mountain, resort, etc, etc. If they have a good deal, I'd also recommend Squaw. With the shitty snow pack this year, the only stuff really ridable will be the blues and greens anyway. Go for it.
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thanks hellside and kirkrider, i will keep those advices in mind as i advance

how about homewood, what are the easier blues there if you guys have any experience? i know they have a long green from all the way from the top
Homewood really has no greens, except two trails that head back to the base lodge. Check out their trail map online; these trails would be blues back east, they're very narrow and winding. My wife nearly freaked out on our first trip to Homewood, because everyone told us it was the "easy" mountain. Bullshit...it may be the smallest mountain at Tahoe, but there is a lot to challenge you...while you're not taking pictures of the lake and the scenery. There is a huge variety of terrain to help you advance your skills.

Homewood is ALL blues, but by East Coast standards (I'm a Vermont rider), many of those blues would be blacks out here. For instance, High Grade is an awesome, wide trail, and it's a blue. But it's steeper than any of the trails on The North Face at Mount Snow in Vermont, which is considered black.

Homewood has Great glades -- first place I ever rode in trees. Second Creek and The Glades are super fun -- mindblowing on powder days. If you want to test yourself, try the Quail Face bowl (though it's probably not open because of the snow). It's wide open, so you can traverse if you get skeered, but it's wicked steep at the south end, 55 degrees, but more mellow (just a black) towards the north side. You have to hike in and hike out, but it's worth it.

Homewood a "small" mountain by Tahoe standards, but has the best views of the lake anywhere at Tahoe, and super-convenient parking and lift access. Do it. Mid-week has cheap lift tix, too. I love Homewood.

(BTW, my avatar pic is from the top of Quail Face 55 Chutes at Homewood. That's the lake in the background, not the sky.)

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Old 02-21-2012, 05:41 PM   #28 (permalink)
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@cocolu, thanks! is the easier blue run on TC express off to the left when you get off lift?

@hellside cool, i will look into squaw, i actually went there about 3~4 years ago when i first snowboarded lol but i dont remember much besides falling like an idiot since i didnt even take a lesson


@surfinsnow i did look at homewoods interactive map, it looks like there's a long green all the way from top of mountain to mid mountain then connects to another green , o wells, i should probably head there once i got more experienced.
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