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Hey im just wondering where everybody is getting their season passes for next season considering they are on sale now. The last few years ive been going to northstar but am kinda getting tired of the crowds and the flatness of the terrain, im not a big fan of heavenly so im not really leaning towards the northstar heavenly pass. But was looking if anybody had any input on alpine meadows or squaw, ive never been to either and you can by an alpine/homewood pass which seems like a possible way to go, thanks.
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Hey im just wondering where everybody is getting their season passes for next season considering they are on sale now. The last few years ive been going to northstar but am kinda getting tired of the crowds and the flatness of the terrain, im not a big fan of heavenly so im not really leaning towards the northstar heavenly pass. But was looking if anybody had any input on alpine meadows or squaw, ive never been to either and you can by an alpine/homewood pass which seems like a possible way to go, thanks.
Either one will be fine. It depends on what you like. Squaw has more crowds and tracks out very quickly but it has longer season and night skiing.
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I dont realy care about night sking theres boreal for that, just looking for a place with less crowds than northstar and better overall terrain, i love riding in the tress though and of course pow.
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I dont realy care about night sking theres boreal for that, just looking for a place with less crowds than northstar and better overall terrain, i love riding in the tress though and of course pow.
There are not many trees at Squaw. If you like steep tree run, it has one chair that serves it. Northstar is pretty easy relative speaking. If you like terrain variation, Squaw is good. You can lap 2000 ft steep vertical without any flat in under 20 minutes. It does get a lot of crowds on powder day. You can also park right by the lift.
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How do the crowds compare to northstar? Seems like even midweek Northstar has pretty big crowds.
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How do the crowds compare to northstar? Seems like even midweek Northstar has pretty big crowds.
Crowds is not a problem if it is not powder day. Half the mountain will be closed during storm and you will see more crowds on the lift line.
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What are your thoughts on alpine, as far as crowds and terrain, I've heard alpine is like a mini version of squaw?
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What are your thoughts on alpine, as far as crowds and terrain, I've heard alpine is like a mini version of squaw?
My memory of Alpine is vague so I can't comment on terrain. Squaw gets tracked out very very very quick. That is not the case at Alpine. If you like sustained steep and want to ride the most vertical in one day, you will like Squaw. The only resort that is similar to Squaw will be Kirkwood.

Squaw's park is not as good as Northstar if that matters to you. Squaw has built a giant superpipe recently but it is only available to Red Bull team until later this month
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I rode Homewood last week, after not being there in a few seasons, and had forgotten how much fun it is to ride the whole mountain there, and that you can get Homewood and Alpine on one pass would be a plus. I would definitely put Homewood's fun factor above Northstar, unless you like to ride a lot in the park. The parks at Homewood are not that exciting though, not that much variety. You might want to consider Sugar Bowl; their Switching Yard park seems comparable to Northstar's, and it's less crowded on a weekend than the other big resorts.
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Ah Homewood. It is a rad little hill and it's where I first strapped a board to my feet. Great scene. Alpine definitely has more rowdy terrain and they also have an open boundary policy. Meaning that if you have backcountry savvy, you can use the lifts to access the terrain that is not part of the resort. I've seen some just sick picks from those areas, and that would not be a bad thing to have at your fingertips.
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