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01-28-2012 01:19 PM
ALF -UK I got spare rooms in south lake tahoe
12-06-2011 11:45 PM
Hjscm aspen grove is a good place to stay. i worked for northstar ski patrol for 15 years. and squaw for a couple. you definitely need to hit both of them and alpine. northstar has some of the best tree skiing around. also they have a cat tour so you can take a cat up to the saw tooth area and get some great untracked powder. use to be open to skinning in only. a lot of people hitch hike in north shore all the time. northstar and squaw have a great village for night life.
12-06-2011 11:09 PM
Originally Posted by deepakhj View Post
There's a bus that goes from Reno to South Lake Tahoe state line. If you stay there you'll get all the night life and Heavenly, Sierra, and Kirkwood ($10) all have shuttles to get you to their mountains.

Squaw, Alpine, Homewood, Northstar all have shuttles. Your cheapest bet to stay in North Lake is the Tahoe Biltmore, Cal Neva, etc. I think they offer like $29+/night rooms.
Well, we have different ideas of "North Lake Tahoe." CalNeva and the Biltmore are on the north side of the lake, but they are far from any mountains except Mt. Rose and Diamond Peak. Mt. Rose is a lot of fun with some insane steeps and a good laid back vibe...but their base lodge is at the elevation of most of Tahoe's other peaks. If you're not used to the high elevations, it may not be a good place to start your vacation. Diamond Peak is pretty but not challenging. It's advertised as a kids/family mountain.

From CalNeva your drive to Squaw and Alpine will be nearly as long as to Heavenly. It's a casino on the Nevada side, and Biltmore has a nightclub, but it's pretty low rent. If you want night life, just stay in SLT. If you want big mountains just minutes away, stay in Tahoe City on the northwest shore. That's where Alpine, Squaw and Homewood are, with Sugarbowl and Northstar not too far off. Tahoe City isn't a city at all, though. Very laid back Cal town, some nice restaurants but no nightlife.

And don't let them fool you...Kirkwood is NOT at lake Tahoe, though it is definitely a must-visit no matter where you stay. It's a fair distance off South Lake, and if the weather is bad you may have trouble making it in (or back out) across the Carson Pass. Oh, and the only reason we've ever stayed in Reno is because our flight got in too late to make the drive across the mountains to the can be scary in the daytime, but terrifying if it's late and you're tired.
12-06-2011 09:20 PM
deepakhj There's a bus that goes from Reno to South Lake Tahoe state line. If you stay there you'll get all the night life and Heavenly, Sierra, and Kirkwood ($10) all have shuttles to get you to their mountains.

Squaw, Alpine, Homewood, Northstar all have shuttles. Your cheapest bet to stay in North Lake is the Tahoe Biltmore, Cal Neva, etc. I think they offer like $29+/night rooms.
11-27-2011 01:51 PM
ALF -UK will be there too in feb. travelling over from UK,, staying in South Lake tho easy access to Kirkwood and Sierra
11-23-2011 12:06 PM
casper3043 the weather may have played a factor, but it was consistant when we went to squaw and heavenly. i didn't see any tree runs, the upper bowls were closed off and it was iced to the max. the bottom half of squaw seemed literally flat. their terrain parks? i almost missed them! a few pieces randomly layed out, not taken care of, utter garabe. you're right about heavenly, you get separated and you won't see each other. it happened to me, but the mtn. kept me entertained alone.

if there's powder, any mtn. will be a good time. some mtns' ice over quicker than others depending which way they face, etc. the upper half of squaw was in the shade half the day. unless its snowing, i don't see it being much fun up there.

P.S. Bring PBJ sandwiches. $10 hot dogs aren't cool.
11-23-2011 10:37 AM
newnew i called an agent yesterday to see the availbility for condos. There's a few rooms left just outside of northstar village and you take a complimentary shuttle in, the condo is called "aspen grove". There's also 1 room that's available near the ski-trail near the village? it's called "ski-trail" condos. Just wondering if you guys have stayed at any of these places?

that being said, i found out that there's busses that come to the village and drive to different mountains so that's pretty easy to do. Will definately be checking out SV
11-23-2011 06:48 AM
surfinsnow LACK of diverse terrain at Squaw?! You can't be serious! What did you do, just take the gondola up to High Camp and ride Main Street with the tourists all day? I've been to Squaw 6-8 times and still haven't ridden all of it. The fact that you thought Heavenly was better speaks volumes. What Heavenly has going for it is the view from the ridge, which is spectacular (and there is something cool about riding in two states in one run). I admit to having a couple proverbial "best days ever" at Heavenly, but they were because of perfect powder and great friends. Otherwise, it's an overcrowded maze...get separated from someone in your party, you likely won't see them again till the parking lot. And it's crazy to say Squaw sucked because it was icy. We've all hit mountains on bad days, that just means the weather sucked, not necessarily the mountain.

I maintain that SV is a must-visit for the Tahoe noob. Between the epic terrain and the history, it's an experience, not just a ski trip. Just don't spend your day riding the middle around High Camp.
11-23-2011 01:49 AM
casper3043 i did a trip to tahoe in the beginning of this year. we did heavenly and squaw. i would never go back to squaw again. the lack of diverse terrain and the terrain parks were just as bad as they are here in the midwest. the bowls were iced over and the terrain was slush. no compromise whatsoever. heavenly was a nice mountain, pretty good terrain park, large mtn, but it was pretty damn busy for an average weekend. the hiking was a bit much since there's a lot of flat terrain and lifts that don't take you where they should or want to.
11-22-2011 05:23 PM
Originally Posted by surfinsnow View Post
We usually stay at Tahoe for two weeks, so we get a Snow Bomb card. You can get a free one online, but the deals aren't as plentiful. If you get a paid Snow Bomb card ($60 last time we went) it comes with a free lift ticket to somewhere, and then there are discounts at various mountains on different days. Check 'em out at You never know...the first year we went they were doing an online slot machine promo...just keep playing, eventually you'll win. We got two free tix to Heavenly. And Shell stations were offering 2-for-1 Northstar tix with min. 10 gallons, but since you won't have a car that doesn't help you. With the economy sucking, I'd bet there will be a few deals this year. Spend some time with the google. You'll probably be able to find something.
Okay, cool, thanks man. I did the shell 10 gallons thing and got the "buy one get one free" which was cool.
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