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Old 11-22-2011, 11:16 AM   #21 (permalink)
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there's so many mountains it's overwhelming...you guys are lucky you guys can visit on a regular basis. the closest mountain to me is 3 hours away and that's in alberta in banff lol
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Old 11-22-2011, 11:18 AM   #22 (permalink)
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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.
so i think that's it. i'm gonna try and book a lodge in northstar and then do some more research and see if transportation is provided to other hills...if that's the case. omg this trip will be orgasmic lol.
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Old 11-22-2011, 11:26 AM   #23 (permalink)
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so i think that's it. i'm gonna try and book a lodge in northstar and then do some more research and see if transportation is provided to other hills...if that's the case. omg this trip will be orgasmic lol.
You can get a free Squaw lift ticket with your boarding pass on the day of your arrival. Squaw opens until 9PM
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Old 11-22-2011, 11:27 AM   #24 (permalink)
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You can get a free Squaw lift ticket with your boarding pass on the day of your arrival. Squaw opens until 9PM
what if i arrive at 11pm? lol i'm leaving after my work at 4:30 and then however long the flight is, (at least 4 hours), definately won't make it there before close. maybe/hopefully it rolls over to the next day?! that would be #win
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Old 11-22-2011, 12:29 PM   #25 (permalink)
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what if i arrive at 11pm? lol i'm leaving after my work at 4:30 and then however long the flight is, (at least 4 hours), definately won't make it there before close. maybe/hopefully it rolls over to the next day?! that would be #win
If you're going to Squaw anyway, it couldn't hurt to try. Bring it with you the next morning and whine and plead and beg. Otherwise, fork over the cash. SV has the most expensive lift tix in Tahoe. Now is the time to look for deals. I never, ever pay full price for a lift ticket, but I recall last time we were there the best deal we could find was still $64. But it's better than $80.
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If you're going to Squaw anyway, it couldn't hurt to try. Bring it with you the next morning and whine and plead and beg. Otherwise, fork over the cash. SV has the most expensive lift tix in Tahoe. Now is the time to look for deals. I never, ever pay full price for a lift ticket, but I recall last time we were there the best deal we could find was still $64. But it's better than $80.
How do you, "not pay full price?"
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How do you, "not pay full price?"
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 Snowbomb.com. 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.
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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 Snowbomb.com. 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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Old 11-23-2011, 12:49 AM   #29 (permalink)
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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.
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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.

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