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Old 10-08-2013, 04:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I was born in Reno, but havn't been riding in the area in yearssss. So this year I'm planning on take a Jan/Feb trip to Tahoe. Thinking about staying North Side in the Northstar, Squaw Valley, Alpine area. Mostly due to the proximity to Reno and to other resorts.

That said, is this a good area to be in? It's me plus my girl. I've been checking out VRBO, and the going rate for non holidays seems to be about 150-200 a night when averaged out. This seem right? Looking for some advice here. So help a brother out. Thanks!
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Old 10-08-2013, 04:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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North Lake shits on South Lake, unless you're looking for a more vibrant night-life. South Lake is full of crack heads and general griminess.

If you just want to ride, and then mellow out at the cabin/condo/whatever, North Lake is by far the better place to be. The resort proximity is a lot higher than South Lake. You have Northstar, Squaw, Alpine, Sugar Bowl, etc all within 45 minutes of each other. You're a quick drive to Reno as well, if there's no snow on the ground.

Look for places in Kings Beach, Truckee, or Tahoe City. Anywhere along the lake between KB and TC would be ideal too (Carnelian Bay, Tahoe Vista).

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Yeah, what's up for night life. The girl doesn't ride as much if at all, so I need nice places to take her out to dinner and shit for her to do during the day. Mind you drinking is about all I have to do to keep her happy.
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And what are the "must hit" mountains. I hear mixed things on most resorts.
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We went last December and stayed in South Lake about a couple blocks from the gondola at Heavenly for about $40 a night. You can get cheaper lodging IMO in South Lake than North Lake. You can check Vbro and similiar sites to compare.

We rode Heavenly, Kirkwood and Northstar and Kirkwood was by far my favorite. Its about an hour from South Lake and Northstar is about 45 mins from South Lake. South Lake has you brand name Casinos(Harrahs, etc) and has plenty of local and chain restuarants.

To me it felt like South Lake had more options for eating/lodging/entertainment as Northlake felt more isolated.
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Yeah, what's up for night life. The girl doesn't ride as much if at all, so I need nice places to take her out to dinner and shit for her to do during the day. Mind you drinking is about all I have to do to keep her happy.
There's definitely still stuff to do in North Lake, but most of the bars/restaurants close at a decent hour. There are some casinos on the North Shore, the CBC and the Tahoe Biltmore right across the stateline, but they're nowhere near as classy as the South Lake casinos, but you still get to gamble and get free drinks.

If you're looking to get rowdy at night, or just have more options, definitely look into South Lake. Granted, if you stayed in Truckee, Reno is only a quick 30-40 minute drive.

Northstar and Squaw would be the two main resorts I would hit. Both villages have an extensive list of restaurants and shops, so the girlie can keep busy during the day if she decides not to ride. Heavenly/downtown South Lake also has a great scene for someone not really interested in riding.

Kinda just depends on what you're looking for/to do.
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I'm also looking to head out to Tahoe for the first time this season and was wondering why Sierra is never mentioned in any of the Tahoe threads? As in should I look into riding else where as my season pass includes a few free days there excluding Saturday's, but I don't want a bad experience just to save a few bucks. My questions are is south lake within a reasonable distance from the Sierra resort, and or should I look into the other resorts all together? Also I plan on going mid march during spring break, so nightlife will be coming in as a close second to actual riding and south lake sounds like where I want to be. What sites do you guys use to look for condo style lodging? any help is appreciated.
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Sierra is a 15-20 minute drive from Heavenly's gondola. It's really not that far.

I haven't spent too much time there, as I've ridden almost exclusively on the North Shore since I was a kid, but I've been there a few times. Super fun on a powdery day. I have a few friends who love riding Sierra, and have nothing but good things to say about it. I just never spent enough time there to feel the entire resort out.
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Sierra is a 15-20 minute drive from Heavenly's gondola. It's really not that far.

I haven't spent too much time there, as I've ridden almost exclusively on the North Shore since I was a kid, but I've been there a few times. Super fun on a powdery day. I have a few friends who love riding Sierra, and have nothing but good things to say about it. I just never spent enough time there to feel the entire resort out.
Sounds good and thanks for the reply. Any advise on south lake lodging? I should have between 6-10 in the group, all around 25 and ready to drink and gamble a little.
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There are ALOT of options for lodging, especially with that many people. You can probably find a weekend cabin rental in the area, and split the costs. Also, there are a lot of hotel rooms in the general downtown area that range in price, I'm sure you would be able to find some cheaper hotel options as well within walking distance to the casinos.

I always just used hotels.com whenever I needed to book something down there.
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