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Old 01-28-2013, 04:41 PM   #11 (permalink)
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i did a search and read through a lot of the previous posts on trips to tahoe but seemed a lot of the people who were asking were either not advanced riders, more into park or only going to one or two mtns so i'm looking for something different. We are all advanced riders- i want bowls, steeps, trees and the kind of stuff i can't get back here in new england- not really interested in park or groomers!

My friends and i are going to tahoe for 8-9 days the first week of april, gonna spend the first 3 days on the north side of the lake and the rest of the trip on the south side (using a timeshare at heavenly)


we would like to do 3 different mtns in nlt so i'm thinking alpine and squaw, was torn on the 3rd and could use some advice? I've heard northstar is more park but they also have the new cat trips to sawtooth- has anyone done this? ($?)

also, since we'll be spending the most time in slt i'd like to do 2 days at 3 diff mtns down there too. I've heard heavenly is touristy and doesn't have the greatest terrain.

Missed the deadline for the tahoe six pack so any advice on how to get discount on tickets is also appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:46 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Missed the deadline for the Tahoe six pack so any advice on how to get discount on tickets is also appreciated. Thanks!
I think you maybe able to take advantage of this.

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Pass holder can get discount buddy tickets. I can help if I am around.

You will like Squaw if you like steep. There is always a show on powder day. This is marked as blue. The new owner has started marking trails.

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Surfinsnow beat me to it again!

Squaw will keep you plenty busy.
Alpine is smaller, but has a lot to offer for the advanced rider.
If you're advanced, don't bother with Northstar.
Mt. Rose is an underrated gem. All my old-man skier friends like the chutes there.
In my experience, Sugar Bowl is overrun with ski/snowboard team kids. But if you're an advanced rider, maybe you can find some good runs away from them.
For south lake, Kirkwood.
Sierra is fun but kind of small and you might get bored fast if you're advanced and don't like park.
Several of these resorts have an open gate policy, so check that out if you do that kind of thing.

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Old 01-28-2013, 11:01 PM   #14 (permalink)
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ts too bad you didn't post this sooner, you could have got the tahoe local pass and rode northstar (even tho not the best terrain) heavenly and kirkwood for about $430, and would have more than paid for it self.
I can't guarantee this, but I recall that last season, by that late a date (first week in April), Northstar was offering a deal where you could buy a pass at the early-bird rate for the next season and use it through the current spring season. So if you're planning on hitting those resorts, it might pay off, even if you're there for a week. And you can return next year and use it again
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You're asking where to go in tahoe?

You want steeps, chutes, bowls, trees & cliffs?

I've never been more north than mammoth/june in California -

But I can tell you that you want Kirkwood, Squaw and Alpine.
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:31 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Pass holder can get discount buddy tickets. I can help if I am around.
Offer is much appreciated!
bought the snowbomb platinum card for cheap and will be taking advantage of the fact that's it's college week out there then, also I'm an instructor so I often get a discount on tickets from this as well.


Our itinerary is all set now:

Sunday 3/31: Squaw

Mon 4/1: Alpine

Tues 4/2: Heavenly

Wed 4/3: Heavenly

Thurs 4/4: Sierra

Fri 4/5: Kirkwood

Sat 4/5: Kirkwood


Still looking to hear where the best lines are at all these places, but of course I understand the locals aren't gonna want to share all their secrets! (that's ok) but any advice is awesome. Been hearing about Munchkins and Huckleberry Gates but don't know much about where to go on any of these mtns.
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I see you're from Mass. I lived back there for a few years in Milton, my dad's from Dochester. I also have a friend who used to live there as well. Not sure if you've been out here before, but it's really warm compared to the East! We laugh at others who have tons of cloths on! we're the ones in short sleeves.
Anyways, back to the resorts you're going to visit. I've had passes to 4 out of the 5 resorts listed with Squaw bieing to only pass I've never had, so expensive! By the way I think you're going at great time, last couple of years, we've had some great last season storms! Plus, if we don't get any storms, the snow should be like spring corn snow! Soft and easy to throw around, Just make sure you have the right wax for the temp! Hey, I'll send you a PM on where to go! Just give me a day to write it up, like a dummy guide for secret stash! haha...
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I see you're from Mass. I lived back there for a few years in Milton, my dad's from Dochester. I also have a friend who used to live there as well. Not sure if you've been out here before, but it's really warm compared to the East! We laugh at others who have tons of cloths on! we're the ones in short sleeves.
Anyways, back to the resorts you're going to visit. I've had passes to 4 out of the 5 resorts listed with Squaw bieing to only pass I've never had, so expensive! By the way I think you're going at great time, last couple of years, we've had some great last season storms! Plus, if we don't get any storms, the snow should be like spring corn snow! Soft and easy to throw around, Just make sure you have the right wax for the temp! Hey, I'll send you a PM on where to go! Just give me a day to write it up, like a dummy guide for secret stash! haha...
I'm from Connecticut...it was -4 when we arrived at Mt. Snow last Sunday! That's what I love about Tahoe. On many of my trips there I've ridden in just a hoodie and t-shirt. And the sky is either blue or dumping snow. On our last trip, it snowed for four days non-stop. Dumped about 4-5 feet of snow. Us easterners don't know how to deal with that shit! But man, it was fun.

The funniest thing is, I grew up surfing in Florida. Florida surfers were considered kooks out west (except, Kelly Slater is an old friend and an East Coast surfer who did okay). Anyway, when I first went to Tahoe about eight years ago, I thought it would be a similar vibe. We went in January, and there wasn't much snow yet. They just had a small snow storm, only about 6". We were amazed that the mountains were empty. Hardly anyone out...the locals kept apologizing to us for the horrible conditions. Are you kidding?! Horrible? We had fresh powder! Then they'd find out we ride Vermont. Many said that we were the real hard core...they're all used to perfect conditions, but us Vermont riders are warriors because we can ride anything. True dat.
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Offer is much appreciated!
bought the snowbomb platinum card for cheap and will be taking advantage of the fact that's it's college week out there then, also I'm an instructor so I often get a discount on tickets from this as well.


Our itinerary is all set now:

Sunday 3/31: Squaw

Mon 4/1: Alpine

Tues 4/2: Heavenly

Wed 4/3: Heavenly

Thurs 4/4: Sierra

Fri 4/5: Kirkwood

Sat 4/5: Kirkwood


Still looking to hear where the best lines are at all these places, but of course I understand the locals aren't gonna want to share all their secrets! (that's ok) but any advice is awesome. Been hearing about Munchkins and Huckleberry Gates but don't know much about where to go on any of these mtns.
I wouldn't waste your time with two days at Heavenly. Heavenly sucks. You should go once, just to take pretty pictures, but you'll get bored pretty quick. Take the ride up to Homewood...it's small, but incredibly beautiful, quiet, and they have some awesome glades and the 55 (degree) bowl. Or try the chutes at Mt. Rose. But Heavenly...meh. Tourist mania.
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Hey thanks RichnNorcal! that's awesome! I'll be looking forward to it.

I planned the trip that time of year because it's when mtns around here start getting bare and i always hear about the big storms out there! I can't wait to be riding pow in a tank top haha. I take a trip somewhere out west every year so powder doesn't scare me, I'm going through withdrawals right now. Even if it is just soft spring snow that is always fun


We are only doing two days at Heavenly cus we are staying in a timeshare on the Mountain from monday night on so it's a lot less driving to do two days there!
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