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Old 10-27-2011, 03:14 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Then again, being California, you are going to know if you are going to have a chance of driving in a storm. The weather is pretty easy to forecast there. If snow is in the forecast go with the 4WD, if not, I'd say save some bucks and just get a 2wd model.
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Old 10-27-2011, 04:17 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Thanks for everyone's help, can't wait to get up there.
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Old 10-27-2011, 05:36 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by philadendron View Post
Planning a Tahoe trip for the weekend of December 2nd. A couple questions:
  • Is it too early in the season to make it worth it? Will the snow be decent?
  • Someone mentioned I should rent an AWD vehicle or there's a chance they won't let me up into the passes to get to the resorts. Should I make sure I rent an AWD, or will any SUV type vehicle do? Don't wanna get all the way there and not be able to get to the resorts.

I will have two full days of riding. My idea is to hit Squaw for one day, then maybe a local place the other day, maybe Homewood or Diamond Peak. What do you guys think?
Last season my first day was November 24th...with 2 feet of fresh. Yes AWD is always better on snow. Wasting 30 min to chain up and then travel at 15mph is not the best solution.
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Old 11-06-2011, 12:06 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Check out the rental places in Reno. If any of them rent a Subaru, I'd go with that. I'm up at my family's place on Donner Lake often during the winter riding squaw and the other north shore resorts. Subarus are AWD and the CHP are generally looking for the "M+S" logo and the tread on them. As for resorts, I love squaw, but also hit up Alpine Meadows with my cousins who live in Reno. Never been to Homewood yet, but Mt. Rose is great if there is fresh snow and the whole mountain is open. Northstar is also a fun bet on a weekday (less crowds) if there is snow. Not sure however how the snow is going to be early December. I normally go up around Jan-Feb.
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Old 11-07-2011, 07:19 PM   #15 (permalink)
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December 3rd is a bit early. Squaw is shooting for end of Nov., and Alpine is going for Dec. 10.

Homewood is nice for the views, but it's pretty small, and at least as I remember it, it's not really wide open bowls or terrain. Homewood and Heavenly (way on the south side of the lake) are the best places for views.

If you like doing terrain parks, Northstar is nice. They have loooong runs, but most of them are short drops followed by rather extensive greens (thus the name, 'flatstar').

I would recommend Squaw and Sugarbowl if you want both decent size resorts and terrain (and you're staying on the north side). Pick Homewood only if you want to do a chill day, just enjoy the views, and don't mind a small resort. Mt. Rose is also really fun.
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Old 11-19-2011, 12:35 AM   #16 (permalink)
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First, why risk getting stuck? Get an AWD. It'll already have the red-dot M+S tires that Cal Trans looks for, and if you've never driven across the road from Reno to North Lake Tahoe, you'll be thankful for the peace of mind. Some freaky-ass roads out there!

Second, I recommend Homewood. Mt. Rose and Alpine are both great, but if you've never been to Tahoe, Homewood will blow your mind. Yeah, it relatively small, but it's got lots of glades and steep stuff (in fact, there are only two green trails on the whole mountain), a big steep 55 degree bowl (unfortunately you have to make a short hike to get to it) and it's quiet and one of the most beautiful places at Tahoe. You'll be stopping every five minutes to take pictures. If you don't care about that kind of stuff, Alpine Meadows is between Homewood and Squaw and has lots of wide-opeen terrain and big steeps. Parking sucks, though. Another reason I like Homewood...it's like pulling into a 7-11 parking lot and you can park right next to the lifts at either the north or south lots.
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Old 11-19-2011, 01:06 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Wow, I really wished they enforced ANY of the 4x4/chains/snowtire rules here in utah.

At MOST they will have some cop sitting in his car drinking coffee letting honda civics, toyota camrys pass by without a head turn. It's fucking ridiculous. especially when they're driving past you head on.
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