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SoItGoes13 11-29-2012 09:55 AM

Looking for Tahoe Advice please
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!

neednsnow 11-29-2012 11:36 AM

I cannot speak much about another option on the Northshore, but Northstar for a day would be fine. Ride the backside. Alpine and Squaw can keep many entertained for a number of days.

As for the south shore, Ride heavenly for a day or two, spend a day at Sierra At Tahoe, and at least two days at Kirkwood. I'm all about checking-out Variety, but you may be spreading yourself thin trying to hit 6 mountains in 8 days. You may be just as well-off getting an Epic and riding Kirkwood, Heavenly, and Northstar.....all on the same Pass.....Or Squaw, Alpine, and Sierra at Tahoe (all on the Same Pass)

Also, you're looking at quite a lot of driving To and from between the south shore and the north shore or even Kirkwood. (Though I always endorse going to Kirkwood.)

kctahoe 11-29-2012 11:55 AM

If it was me i would probley spend two days at squaw and a day at alpine since your looking for more advanced terrain, squaw is huge so you shouldn't get bored. Northstar is nice, but even their black runs seem more crusier type runs, at least to me anywaysThen if you have a time share you might as well ride heavenly since its walking distance to the gondola.

While your in south lake you could spend two days each at heavenly, sierra and kirkwood and i don't think you would be disappointed coming from New England.

Its 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.

SoItGoes13 11-29-2012 03:31 PM

We are getting a hotel for the first 3 days so we won't be driving up from Heavenly. From the sounds of it we should just skip Northstar?

Prob spend 2 days at Heavenly, 2 at Kirkwood and One at Sierra.

We are renting a car, think we'll need snow chains?

Alkasquawlik 11-29-2012 03:40 PM

Squaw, Northstar, Alpine/Sugar Bowl for the three resorts on the North Shore.

It's smart to carry chains, Tahoe is known for freak, late season dumps in March/April so it's much better to be safe than sorry.

neednsnow 11-29-2012 04:09 PM

For 3 days on the North Shore, you'll get all you need at Squawllywood and Alpine.

For your South Shore experience, I think 2, 2, 1 works well. I think that'll be ur best bet to get a sense of all the mountains have to offer. Heavenly can be real fun, or get real boring real quick. Definitely Spend some time over in Killebrew and Mott Canyon. I've never been to Sierra, but I've heard good things. Kirkwood; I just keep going back!

SoItGoes13 01-28-2013 04:18 PM


Originally Posted by Alkasquawlik (Post 545197)
Tahoe is known for freak, late season dumps in March/April so it's much better to be safe than sorry.

That's what I'm hoping for!

Anyone here done any of the sidecountry in the area? Munchkins at Alpine? Huckleberry Gates at Sierra? would love to get some more info on that!

tarnelope 01-28-2013 04:34 PM


surfinsnow 01-28-2013 04:34 PM

Squaw and Alpine for serious stuff. Skip is a mall next a pedestrian ski resort. It is very much like Vermont mountain, with trails carved through trees, whereas Squaw doesn't even have designated "blue" or "black" trails...they just mark the lifts. Hell, Squaw doesn't even have many "trails." It's all bowls, chutes, and wide open fun. Backside of Alpine is great fun for steeps. Big, wide open bowls on the front side.

Do Alpine and Squaw'll be convinced you've kicked ass. Then make the time to get down to Kirkwood. You won't be able to do it all in a day, but go for it. Do the #4 chair to the wave. Do the chutes if you have the balls. Sentinel Bowl has some great steep glades. Even the greens are fun as hell if you need a brief break.

If you can't make it to Kirkwood, I'd recommend Sugarbowl as your third choice. Chutes, steeps, and a drive through the Donner Pass for history. Don't bother with Northstar unless you're trying to impress a fiancÚ or something. It's all hype, very expensive, but nothing will challenge you. Other than your credit card bill.

surfinsnow 01-28-2013 04:39 PM

I have to add...I'm a sucker for Homewood and Mt. Rose. Both are North Lake. Homewood is in Tahoe City, super convenient to Alpine and Squaw. It's a "mellow" mountain, but it only has two green trails, and has the infamous "Quail Face" 55 Chute (degrees), which is a lot of fun. It's got a lot of glades, and lost the best views you'll ever see.

Mt. Rose is on the drive in from Reno. They also have seriously steep chutes down the face. Both Rose and Homewood offer 2-1 lift tix midweek. They both are relatively quiet but have a super-cool vibe.

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