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Question Where to First week of March?

I was thinking of going to Tahoe or Colorado the week of March 3rd. Planning on riding during the week and avoiding crowds. I'm already going to Utah next week so hoping to go somewhere different. I'll be with a good friend of mine and she's pretty much a beginner rider and comfortable on most blues out here if it isn't icy. I'm sure she'll be fine in softer snow with slightly steeper blues out west. Maybe something that has wide open bowls and fun beginner runs. I'll be venturing out on my own for a few runs and hoping to find some nice pow and easy tree runs. I would say I'm an intermediate intermediate rider. Comfortable on blacks out here on the East Coast. Haven't really rode the double blacks in over 10 years. Also I broke and dislocated my ankle 2 seasons ago so I'm looking for more fun blacks than hard charging super steeps with chutes.

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Tahoe? I was thinking of going to Squaw. I haven't been there since like '99 and it was only for a day since I cheated a day on my conference. Maybe heavenly for a cool view. Not really sure where to pick. I'm hoping to get a goggle tan and maybe some 'warm' weather. My only concern is ice in the morning and spending my afternoon wet.

Never been to Colorado. Thinking I might have to spend a day to get used to the altitude. Drove through when going cross country from NYC to Las Vegas and the air felt pretty damn thin.

Also hoping to find a location with a few resorts to choose from without having to drive or drive much at all if possible. I don't mind staying at a 'cheaper' hotel or something a little more upscale depending on the price. I don't mind spreading my 5-6 days over a few resorts or hotels.

I'm getting all ADD trying to figure out where to go and the logistics of enjoying a few places in that little time.

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Go to Wolf Creek, Silverton, or Monarch, imo if coming to CO.

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Are they all relatively close to each other? Shuttles to each?

Any good links for me to do research?

Maybe I'll check VRBO for something with kitchen.
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If you decide to go to Tahoe over CO, Sierra-at-Tahoe might have what you and your friend are looking for. Smaller resort--crazy crowded on weekends--but fun and less crowded during mid-week. Very beginner-friendly--the Sugar and Spice green run is 2.5 miles long and goes from the top of the mountain...just have your friend avoid the Corkscrew trail on the way down if she's a beginner, unless she likes twisty cat tracks More fun for beginners than Squaw, IMO. In terms of intermediate trails, the West Bowl gets lots of sun and is really chill, like being at a beach with snow.

Sierra's not too far from Heavenly, so you could hit both resorts during your week.

As for places to stay, I've never been to the Lakeside Inn--but it's not pricey and people seem to like it. There's also a nice Embassy Suites, or you could also stay at one of the casinos at Stateline, where there's more nightlife than north lake.

I think the Embassy Suites has a daily shuttle that goes to Kirkwood, although I could be mistaken.

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If you decide to go to Tahoe over CO, Sierra-at-Tahoe might have what you and your friend are looking for. Smaller resort--crazy crowded on weekends--but fun and less crowded during mid-week. Very beginner-friendly--the Sugar and Spice green run is 2.5 miles long and goes from the top of the mountain...just have your friend avoid the Corkscrew trail on the way down if she's a beginner, unless she likes twisty cat tracks More fun for beginners than Squaw, IMO. In terms of intermediate trails, the West Bowl gets lots of sun and is really chill, like being at a beach with snow.

Sierra's not too far from Heavenly, so you could hit both resorts during your week.

As for places to stay, I've never been to the Lakeside Inn--but it's not pricey and people seem to like it. There's also a nice Embassy Suites, or you could also stay at one of the casinos at Stateline, where there's more nightlife than north lake.

I think the Embassy Suites has a daily shuttle that goes to Kirkwood, although I could be mistaken.
Tahoeskishuttle.com goes twice a week to Kirkwood and twice to Northstar from Embassy Suites.
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Are they all relatively close to each other? Shuttles to each?
The mountains I suggested are small towns not close to anything. Everything down south is relatively close to each other but these are smaller towns with less infrastructure than what you get for the i-70 resorts. I suggest renting a car if you don't have wheels.

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^Lol... I deserved that one!

I was at least expecting this Let me google that for you
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Ok so it looks like I'll be going to SLT. Looks like a solo trip for me, unless a buddy of mine finds a couple days off midweek. Just realized how expensive things can get when you plan things a few weeks away...lol

Any tips on getting cheap lift tickets? Looked at the Heavenly site and it's like $425 for 5 out of 6 day lift tickets. Is there a way to get the them cheaper?

As far as lodging it looks like the Lakeside Inn has the most decent prices for an economical stay. I'll be there for a week and renting a small SUV. Gonna check out Heavenly the first day for the sites and maybe 2nd if I like it. Then planning to head out to Kirkwood and Northstar and see which of the 3 I like best. Thinking of taking a lesson out there as well and brush up my skills if anyone has any feedback on where I should take a lesson.

Any other recommendations on where to stay that may be cheaper and has a hot tub?

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tahoe!

kirk/squaw.

skip heavenly unless you're a beginner or you want a really cool view.
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There's a new place near Stateline called Basecamp...kind of a hipsterish renovated motel. Reasonable rates, compared to other accommodations around SLT. Might be worth checking out.
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