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Old 11-22-2011, 10:43 AM   #11 (permalink)
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let's say i stay at squaw the first couple days...would i have to rent a different hotel to migrate to the next hill? how far apart are the hills from each other?
Homewood, Alpine and Squaw are all within minutes of each other. They're essentially the same range...Alpine is between Homewood on one side, Squaw on the other. And if you don't have a car, Alpine has a free local shuttle that stops at various locations in NLT. I think Homewood does, too, but you have to reserve it in advance. Not sure about Squaw. Another option...NLT is one of the few places I've seen where people still hitchhike. Every morning there are lots of riders along the road with their thumbs out. Not sure how efficient it is, but it seems to work for them. I think there might be a bus to Northstar, too, but unless you're really into park, I'd avoid it. Super touristy, and very much like a Vermont Resort...just doesn't have that Tahoe/out West feel to it. No bowls, no wide open spaces, all just trails through the trees. It's like big shopping center with a mountain attached,
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squaw and alpine are must sees in that area? i was looking at northstar, heavenly, and sierra. but i didn't know any other mountains that were around there. so many mountains...definately gonna take more than one trip to even get a feel of utah lol
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Alpine meadows is 10 min up the road, alpine and squaw merged together this year, so I beleive they will be having a shuttle to take you back and forth.
Alpine and Squaw merged? What happened to Homewood? They bought Alpine a couple of years ago...are they still affiliated? I know there is a Kirkwood/Alpine/Homewood season pass...where does Squaw fit in? Hmm...gonna have to Google this one.
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Homewood, Alpine and Squaw are all within minutes of each other. They're essentially the same range...Alpine is between Homewood on one side, Squaw on the other. And if you don't have a car, Alpine has a free local shuttle that stops at various locations in NLT. I think Homewood does, too, but you have to reserve it in advance. Not sure about Squaw. Another option...NLT is one of the few places I've seen where people still hitchhike. Every morning there are lots of riders along the road with their thumbs out. Not sure how efficient it is, but it seems to work for them. I think there might be a bus to Northstar, too, but unless you're really into park, I'd avoid it. Super touristy, and very much like a Vermont Resort...just doesn't have that Tahoe/out West feel to it. No bowls, no wide open spaces, all just trails through the trees. It's like big shopping center with a mountain attached,

well i think i can snowboard pretty well. i think i'm hitting up on my 5th season now, but i feel that i'm not too big of a fan with the trees. more of a fan with the blue runs where you can just book it down and cruise. last season i started getting into the terrain park though so that'd be cool to check out too, so probably hit up northstar for a day or so...is it strictly park there? well...not strictly but is it noticeable that it's for that type of snowboarder? i'm sure there are some blue runs for those that don't wanna hit the park all day?
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I beleive you can still get the Kirkwood/alpine/homewood pass, but if you buy a pass at squaw it's good at alpine, if I remember too lift tickets are interchangeable? And their going to have a shuttle going back and forth between the two.
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well i think i can snowboard pretty well. i think i'm hitting up on my 5th season now, but i feel that i'm not too big of a fan with the trees. more of a fan with the blue runs where you can just book it down and cruise. last season i started getting into the terrain park though so that'd be cool to check out too, so probably hit up northstar for a day or so...is it strictly park there? well...not strictly but is it noticeable that it's for that type of snowboarder? i'm sure there are some blue runs for those that don't wanna hit the park all day?
Northstar has a great park, and the stash which is a park with natural features, if your into park and groomed runs spend a day at northstar, you can deffenetly ride the whole mountain in a day.
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Northstar has a great park, and the stash which is a park with natural features, if your into park and groomed runs spend a day at northstar, you can deffenetly ride the whole mountain in a day.
that's awesome. i will definately be going there for a day then...now...as for resorts...which ones do you guys recommend? preferably ski-in/ski-out but if i'm moving mountain to mountain, it would make more sense to stay in a resort outside of the hill?
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well i think i can snowboard pretty well. i think i'm hitting up on my 5th season now, but i feel that i'm not too big of a fan with the trees. more of a fan with the blue runs where you can just book it down and cruise. last season i started getting into the terrain park though so that'd be cool to check out too, so probably hit up northstar for a day or so...is it strictly park there? well...not strictly but is it noticeable that it's for that type of snowboarder? i'm sure there are some blue runs for those that don't wanna hit the park all day?
No, don't get me wrong...Northstar is almost all blues and loads of fun cruisers. One side of the mountain has some really fun, long blacks -- that's the best stuff there imo. They are not "all park," they have one of those Burton "Stash" set-ups, a section of the mountain with lots of natural and made-made jibs and rails and stuff, open only to snowboarders, Pretty cool if you're into that. I'm not big on park, though, prefer steeps and bowls, which is why I don't really like Northstar. When I say "trees," I don't mean glades. It's just like one of the mountains back home (VT). But it's def a nice resort. Resort being the operative word. If you like cruisers, you'll have no problem at Northstar. Squaw is interesting in that you start at mid-mountain to access the easier stuff. There is a pool and hot tub and nice restaurant, and all the green/blue trails. Also access to some sweet wide-open bowls. Squaw has no "trails." You take a blue lift, a diamond lift, etc, then find your own way down. It's really awesome. Check out their trail map online.
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my faves are Northstar and Alpine Meadows. I havent been to Sugar Bowl yet but i hear its pretty awesome as well
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that's awesome. i will definately be going there for a day then...now...as for resorts...which ones do you guys recommend? preferably ski-in/ski-out but if i'm moving mountain to mountain, it would make more sense to stay in a resort outside of the hill?
Ski-in/ski-out, your best choice is Northstar, if you can find a good deal. Neither Alpine or Homewood have condos or apartments (another reason I like them). Squaw has tons of lodging, but probably pretty spendy. Northstar at least has the whole village thing going on, with a skating rink, bars, coffee shops, and I'm pretty sure they can arrange transportation to the other mountains. Sugar Bowl is awesome, but it's not as close by as the other mountains.
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