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Old 01-09-2012, 10:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm thinking about taking my next snowboarding trip to Lake Tahoe. Do you have any advice on this? I know there's a CA side and a NV side. I'm sure some of you have been to both sides. Which side do you like better?

I've never been to Reno so I was thinking about staying on the NV side. I was also thinking that this could be a good trip as a meetup for friends and family since non-boarders could hang out in Reno during the day and still have stuff to do.

So if you've done this trip before please let me know if you have any tips or tricks. Thanks!

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Old 01-09-2012, 10:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Staying in Reno is the cheapest I've found. I don't think I'd hang out in Reno during the day unless you want to play around in the casinos. Depending on the non boarders they might prefer somewhere around South Lake Tahoe on the NV stateline. Casinos, pubs, heavenly village the Scenic Lake. Decent deals on accommodations too.
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I have the Epic Local pass and I was wondering about a trip to Tahoe, but the snow fall has been non existent, so I decided, to just do another trip to Summit county in March.

Anyone disagree?
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Old 01-09-2012, 11:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Ditto Snowmad. Stay at South Lake Tahoe, much prettier than Reno, plenty to do, Casinos on the Nevada side, scenery, shops and trails on the Cal side.

You might also consider Northstar at North Lake Tahoe - Upscale resort, some great runs, and if your trip turns out to be during stormy weather, it's generally more protected than the other resorts. It's fairly close to North Tahoe casinos at Incline Village, and major resorts like Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. Squaw is fantastic, and though I haven't been there in maybe 30 years, so is Alpine.

If you stay at South Lake Tahoe, there are two large resorts nearby - Heavenly, with huge acreage and great runs, and just over the other side of the Sierras (12 miles from town) is Sierra At Tahoe. You can also take a run down to Markleeville (about 25 miles from town) for a nightime visit to the Hot Springs - great way to finish up a day on the slopes, when the weather isn't too rough.

There's also a really nice resort called Homewood, on Tahoe's west side. Not as large as the others, and further from the Casinos and shops, but much more family oriented, surprisingly nice runs for a smaller resort, and plenty of cabin & condo rentals in the area. Less "urban" and more "country" than the other locations. And great views of the Lake.
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Old 01-09-2012, 11:16 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Hard to predict snowfall for later. We should be having a heavy snow year due to the current "la niņa" pattern - heavy storms in N Cal, dry in S Cal, fewer hurricanes in the Caribbean. And we did have strong early storms in October and November, but then an unusually dry December - at the moment there's little snow. And January is usually a low-snowfall month, even during la Niņa, so no surprise if we don't see snow until late January. But unless the weather is really going to be out of the ordinary this year, we should have a heavy snowfall from then into April.

But then, as I said, it's hard to predict...
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Old 01-09-2012, 11:39 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I would stay in south lake Tahoe. There's stuff for the non-snowboarders to do, and on the south lake side there's heavenly, Sierra at Tahoe, and Kirkwood, I like Kirkwood the best then Sierra at Tahoe, Kirkwood is a little bit of a drive from south lake, Sierra is about 10-15 min, and heavenly is walking distance from most of the casinos and hotels, but I don't like heavenly as a resort as much as the other places. If you stayed in Reno, north lake is about a 30 min drive and there you can hit squaw, alpine, northstar and homewood, northstar is more of a touristy place, big village lots of shops and restaurants even for non-snowboarders, a great park if your into park riding, a lot of blue runs and not as steep if terrain as the other places, my favorite is alpine meadows, but squaw is a must visit, you can aqually ride squaw and alpine on the same lift ticket, and they have a free shuttle that takes you back and forth.
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:21 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I enjoy staying in south lake/stateline over reno anyday. Reno feels like a run down Vegas to me... but hey, you might actually like that

But i agree with what the others have said, south lake does have a prettier view of the lake and gives you that getaway feeling. Even though i do like staying in south lake, i do make the drive to northstar to board. its roughly about a 45 min drive but i think its well worth it. Currently, northstar has about 27 runs/trails open and they're not too bad with the dry conidtions we've had lately. i went up this past sunday to break in the legs and the conditions were actually a lot better then i envisioned it.

if you're looking for a recommendation to stay, i would suggest the embassy suites in south lake. its a little more on the pricier side but they have an awesome create-it-yourself omelete station for breakfast and they also offer free alcoholic drinks from like 5pm-7pm. its also walking distance to Harvey's and Harrah's if you wanna do a bit of gambling
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