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Old 03-07-2011, 03:09 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Cool Ride around Alpine Meadows

Going to be there before a business trip in Silicon Val on March 12, 13, and half-day 14 - found dirt cheap bed ($25/night) at Tinker's Lodge hostel in Truckee, and now have to pick my spot.

Have read about Alpine Meadows and was thinking that would be it... but... I'm a total East Coast snowboarder, very interested in getting the woods I can get, breaking tracks, sidecountry, any adrenaline rushes I can hit that are utterly not-found on the East Coast. And it sounds like Squaw is the real 'snapshot of Tahoe' I might want to get.

I'm tempted to do Squaw too, because the vertical is about 1000 ft higher than Alpine Meadows, but it sounds like the powder's better at Alpine, plus, frankly, I hate crowds and those inexperienced skiers that can just dart in front of you accidentally.

Since I'll be there on a Sat. and Sun., I'm hoping to get to wherever there will be less dumb crowding.

Also - Sugar Bowl will possibly be my Monday place to ride since I have to return the rental car that afternoon. Thoughts on this?

Please - anyone - best runs? Awesome hits to try on my board? Unmissable trails ? Anyone want to ride with me on Sat. or Sun?

I'll be alone basically, so I can't do deep woods but love glades, and will take any advice, and especially if you feel the need to steer me towards/away from my mountain choices...
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Old 03-07-2011, 04:24 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Good to hear you had a good time.

Just got back today from South Lake.

Cabo Wabo was cool. Good mix of people, drinks, and music. $2 Coronas got me drunk reaaal cheap. The main dance floor is a little tight once it hits midnight, but fun as hell.

And yes. McP's is the sheeeit. Love getting the garlic bread with marinara to start, then the McPhilly cheesesteak. The live bands playing are a good little plus.

As far as mountains? Heavenly is a little touristy on Saturdays. $90 for a lift ticket and 20 minute line waits on a Saturday is a real downer. Kirkwood was such a great mountain without lines and I think we'll focus riding there next trip.
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Old 03-07-2011, 11:14 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Good to hear you had a good time.

Just got back today from South Lake.

Cabo Wabo was cool. Good mix of people, drinks, and music. $2 Coronas got me drunk reaaal cheap. The main dance floor is a little tight once it hits midnight, but fun as hell.

And yes. McP's is the sheeeit. Love getting the garlic bread with marinara to start, then the McPhilly cheesesteak. The live bands playing are a good little plus.

As far as mountains? Heavenly is a little touristy on Saturdays. $90 for a lift ticket and 20 minute line waits on a Saturday is a real downer. Kirkwood was such a great mountain without lines and I think we'll focus riding there next trip.
I also just came back from Tahoe...we went the weekend of Feb 25th. We stumbled across Cabo Wabo last year for locals night...good cheap fun!!

McP's is a fun kick back place with great live music and good giveaways.
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Old 03-07-2011, 01:01 PM   #24 (permalink)
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@sunpark:
Alpine
Homewood
Sugar Bowl, especially if you ride park. You'll have the Switching Yard to yourself on a Monday.
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@Sun,

Good On-ya for pulling a few solo days!!! I'd say stick with just one. At Alpine, you'll probably need two days to really experience the mountain, but that's just my two cents.
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Old 12-12-2011, 03:57 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Heavenly's Tamarack lodge at the end of the day (i think 3:30pm - 5:30pm) is pretty friggin awesome too - they crank up some awesome music - awesome DJ - just awesome.
Going inside to have some drinks, snowboard vids on in the background - and people dancing it up near the DJ area - certainly an awesome experience. (Not to mention - 50% off for season pass holders = nice) =)
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:27 AM   #27 (permalink)
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My friend has a place in tahoe, we've been going there since we were kids. Its always been fun, but got so much funner once we were of age to go drinking! great night life there.
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Old 12-26-2012, 10:33 AM   #28 (permalink)
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We have a family friend who practically gives us her house in Tahoe City for two weeks every year. Five minutes from Homewood, and maybe 15-20 to Alpine/Squaw, and easy access up to Sugar Bowl. If 89 to South Lake gets closed because of snow, you at least usually have the option of going 28 to 50. But we don't usually bother with South Lake. We stay for two weeks in the peace and tranquility of Tahoe City, with lots of big mountains right at your doorstep. When we want to go to Kirkwood, we'll either stay at the Lakeside Inn for a night (very boarder friendly, and cheap, with a good casino, cheap 24-hour food, etc), or if the weather is good just make it a day trip.

I grew up in a touristy beach town in Florida, and South Lake reminds me of that. Lots of nasty neon and tourist shops, super busy. If you're into the party scene as much as the riding, then it's a good place, but North Lake has much easier access to more mountains. It's just boring as hell after dark. You have to make your own fun...bring good friends!
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