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Skiing At The Lake Tahoe Area

Sat Dec 26, 2009 5:20 pm

I rented a chalet along the shore line of north Lake Tahoe in February.
Me and my wife and an other couple will fly into SFO from AMS on KLM.
First we will visit San Francisco for 3 days.
After that I rented a car from Hertz, from the Standard SUV class, but they won't guarantee me
a 4wd or AWD which annoys me a bit. If we hit snowy conditions I wouldn't like having paid
extra for ending up with a 2WD vehicle anyway.

The plan is to ski for 4 full days.

After some research I've concluded that Squaw and Northstar offer the best slopes for
advanced skiers. Are there people who have been there before who can confirm this?

Is it worth the drive to the south end to ski in heavenly for a day?

How's Reno? I've been to Vegas before. Is it just a smaller version of Vegas?

Thanks for all your advice, tips etc...
 
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RE: Skiing At The Lake Tahoe Area

Sat Dec 26, 2009 5:36 pm

Go to Mammoth Lakes. They have a fantastic mountain, and very nice scnery. www.mammothmountain.com & www.visitmammoth.com
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RE: Skiing At The Lake Tahoe Area

Sat Dec 26, 2009 5:51 pm

I was in Lake Tahoe skiing 2 years ago. I did Squaw and I definately recommend that place. There is a reason the Olympics were there, and thats because their skiing is fantastic. The other place I did was Heavenly, but that was because we were staying in South Lake Tahoe. If you aren't staying there, I probably wouldn't bother driving down there to Heavenly. It is a HUGE mountain with plenty of skiing for all abilities, but the way it was laid out it included lots of fairly flat parts. I would give Northstar a chance, I've heard they have some good runs.
Reno is much, much, smaller than Las Vegas. It's probably worth going to for a few hours one evening after skiing (I think Northstar is the closest ski area to Reno) but don't expect anything close to the size of Las Vegas.
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RE: Skiing At The Lake Tahoe Area

Sat Dec 26, 2009 5:53 pm



Quoting Braniff747SP (Reply 1):

That's like the OP asking for tips on Los Angeles, and you referring Vegas.  Wink

I live in Reno, so maybe I can shed some insight.

Squaw Valley and Northstar have fantastic slopes. Alpine Meadows is another on of my favorites. If you feel up to it, maybe you could head down to South Lake Tahoe and hit up Heavenly, which in my opinion, is the best in the Tahoe region. You could also visit the casinos and/or see some shows. Where are you staying in North Tahoe? Tahoe City, Kings Beach, Incline Village?

What is it you want to do in Reno? Gamble, eat, shows? If it's to gamble, I would recommend just visiting South Lake Tahoe. If you plan on doing Reno, stay away from downtown. Yes, Silver Legacy and the El Dorado are nice, but downtown is a complete skidmark in the city. Grand Sierra Resort, Atlantis, Peppermill, and Nugget are all very nice and in better areas.
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RE: Skiing At The Lake Tahoe Area

Sat Dec 26, 2009 5:54 pm



Quoting Jaws707 (Reply 2):
I think Northstar is the closest ski area to Reno

Technically, Mt. Rose is. Northstar isn't much further though.
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RE: Skiing At The Lake Tahoe Area

Sat Dec 26, 2009 5:57 pm

We actually rented a place in Northstar when I was younger. I can't remember the name, but it was REALLY nice and I remember the skiing was excellent. I'm more familiar with Colorado skiing, so I don't know much about Tahoe, but the slopes seemed great.

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RE: Skiing At The Lake Tahoe Area

Sat Dec 26, 2009 10:06 pm

Personally I would consider a trip to Mt. Rose or Kirkwood. Rose just had a terrain expansion that increased terrain in the chutes area. But it is a smaller resort compared to some of the other places others have mentioned (e.g., Northstar, Sierra) You say you're an advanced skier so I'll take you on your word, I usually log over 30 days a year snowboarding and if I was going to travel to Tahoe I would go to Kirkwood first. Kirkwood added two new t-bars last year, which added to their already fantastic advanced terrain in an area that used to be all hike-to skiing/snowboarding.

I am not a big fan of Reno. But, if you like sushi one of the best places I've been to was the Sushi Pier near the airport. I'd put that on your list of places to eat. I live in Seattle and was surprised how good the food was there. The town itself is not what I expected to be a little-Vegas.

Depending on your preference on terrain I would suggest looking at the ratio of advanced-intermediate-beginner terrain available at each resort. I'm not a big fan of Northstar or Sierra because they are destinations that cater to a larger group of intermediate skiers. These resorts will have advanced terrain that probably will keep you occupied, but as a snowboarder that has gone to places like Crested Butte, Keystone, Breckenridge, a bunch of resorts in British Columbia and Washington, my money would be spent at Kirkwood. Enjoy your stay, I hope you have a good time.
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RE: Skiing At The Lake Tahoe Area

Sat Dec 26, 2009 10:47 pm

I would definitely not make a special trip to Reno, when you could get your fill of gambling at the South Shore casinos, especially if you have limited time. There are many stores in South Lake Tahoe anyways.

The only thing nice about Reno is the view of the mountains, and you'll already be there.
 
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RE: Skiing At The Lake Tahoe Area

Sat Dec 26, 2009 11:00 pm



Quoting Braniff747SP (Reply 1):
Go to Mammoth Lakes. They have a fantastic mountain, and very nice scnery.

And an active volcano, right outside of an active caldera.
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RE: Skiing At The Lake Tahoe Area

Sun Dec 27, 2009 12:46 am



Quoting JetsGo (Reply 3):
That's like the OP asking for tips on Los Angeles, and you referring Vegas. Wink

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RE: Skiing At The Lake Tahoe Area

Sun Dec 27, 2009 12:48 am

The meesage above screwed up, I do not know why.

Quoting JetsGo (Reply 3):
That's like the OP asking for tips on Los Angeles, and you referring Vegas. Wink

I meant it as a day ski trip, it is not that far.

Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 8):
nd an active volcano, right outside of an active caldera.

The volcano has not erupted for years. btw, why would you care? My father has a flat up there, I never have thought I am in danger.
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RE: Skiing At The Lake Tahoe Area

Sun Dec 27, 2009 4:47 am



Quoting Klmcedric (Thread starter):
How's Reno? I've been to Vegas before. Is it just a smaller version of Vegas?

Reno is kind of like downtown Las Vegas (think Fremont Street back when it was open to traffic), but with no "Strip".

Quoting Klmcedric (Thread starter):
First we will visit San Francisco for 3 days.
After that I rented a car from Hertz, from the Standard SUV class, but they won't guarantee me
a 4wd or AWD which annoys me a bit. If we hit snowy conditions I wouldn't like having paid
extra for ending up with a 2WD vehicle anyway.

Unless I'm much mistaken, it's a rather long drive from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe. What I personally would do is fly from SFO to RNO, then rent a 4WD SUV in Reno and drive from there up to Lake Tahoe. The car rental companies in RNO are used to skiiers requesting 4WD and stock their fleets accordingly.

Quoting JetsGo (Reply 3):
If you plan on doing Reno, stay away from downtown.



Quoting JetsGo (Reply 3):
downtown is a complete skidmark in the city.

I must respectfully disagree with these statements, but I will admit that this is a very common attitude among Reno residents. I've been vacationing in Reno for the last five years and have always had a great time staying downtown. All the downtown casinos you'd care to visit are in a five-block stretch of Virginia Street and are within easy walking distance of each other.

Quoting JetsGo (Reply 3):
Yes, Silver Legacy and the El Dorado are nice

Agreed, and the Eldorado has easily the best buffet downtown as well as several other very good dining choices.

Quoting JetsGo (Reply 3):
Grand Sierra Resort

Close to the airport, but not close to anything else in Reno. The Grand Sierra is, however, practically a city unto itself, so there's little reason to leave it if you're staying there.

Quoting JetsGo (Reply 3):
Atlantis

Tight slots and a mediocre buffet (despite being voted Northern Nevada's best in Nevada Magazine), plus it's waaaay down Virginia street from anything else of interest.

Quoting JetsGo (Reply 3):
Peppermill

A better buffet than Atlantis, a coffee shop that is excellent, and an interior that has to be seen to be believed. If you only make one stop in Reno, the Peppermill should be it. It's also more-or-less on the most direct route from the Reno airport to Lake Tahoe, so it's not out of the way.

Quoting JetsGo (Reply 3):
Nugget

That would be John Ascuaga's Nugget in Sparks (just East of Reno), not the downtown Nugget. J.A.'s Nugget is huge, but like the Grand Sierra it isn't remotely close to anything else. It's right off I-80 a few miles East of Reno.

Here's a website you might find informative: http://www.cheapotravel.com/reno/index.php.
Their impressions of the various places reviewed pretty much mirrors my own.
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RE: Skiing At The Lake Tahoe Area

Sun Dec 27, 2009 8:54 am



Quoting TSS (Reply 11):
Unless I'm much mistaken, it's a rather long drive from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe.

Not at all. Only 3.5 - 4 hour drive. Skiers from the Bay Area always drive up to Tahoe, some active skiers do the drive every weekend. Not far at all.

With regards to skiing, I highly recommend Northstar. I've been skiing it for 9 years straight now and every year just gets better and better. While Squaw is a great place, and definitely a world-class resort, it's also too big at times, with the mountain being so vast. Northstar has a friendlier layout for inter-mountain connections when it comes to getting to various ski lifts around the resort. You spend less time going from one place to the other as you would do at Squaw. Plus Northstar has just been upgraded and their village is fantastic, along with their great cabins and packages.

Hope that helps.

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RE: Skiing At The Lake Tahoe Area

Sun Dec 27, 2009 9:08 am



Quoting Braniff747SP (Reply 10):
The volcano has not erupted for years. btw, why would you care? My father has a flat up there, I never have thought I am in danger.

Past performance does not indicate future results.

Aside from that, ALL of the volcanoes along that range are geologically active. This includes Mono Lake, all of the way down to Amboy Crater.
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RE: Skiing At The Lake Tahoe Area

Sun Dec 27, 2009 4:48 pm



Quoting Aeroflot777 (Reply 12):
Quoting TSS (Reply 11):
Unless I'm much mistaken, it's a rather long drive from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe.

Not at all. Only 3.5 - 4 hour drive. Skiers from the Bay Area always drive up to Tahoe, some active skiers do the drive every weekend. Not far at all.

Ah. That's about what I thought it was, and to me that is a rather long drive. However, my daily commute to work is only 15 minutes, so my perception of what constitutes "a long drive" might be a little bit skewed.
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RE: Skiing At The Lake Tahoe Area

Sun Dec 27, 2009 4:56 pm



Quoting TSS (Reply 11):
Unless I'm much mistaken, it's a rather long drive from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe. What I personally would do is fly from SFO to RNO, then rent a 4WD SUV in Reno and drive from there up to Lake Tahoe. The car rental companies in RNO are used to skiiers requesting 4WD and stock their fleets accordingly.

He would spend more time dinking around with airport and flight time than just driving the 3-4 hours and the drive is more scenic, interesting and cheaper. Of course, if there is a good storm, the road may be shut down, but so would the airport.
 
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RE: Skiing At The Lake Tahoe Area

Mon Dec 28, 2009 6:08 pm



Quoting Mham001 (Reply 15):
He would spend more time dinking around with airport and flight time than just driving the 3-4 hours and the drive is more scenic, interesting and cheaper.

True enough.

Quoting Mham001 (Reply 15):
Of course, if there is a good storm, the road may be shut down, but so would the airport.

But in the event of severe storms, the road (I-80 through the mountains, I'm assuming) tends to remain shut down much longer than the airport does, at least from what I've observed on local Reno news reports.

However, the main point I was addressing was this:

Quoting Klmcedric (Thread starter):
First we will visit San Francisco for 3 days.
After that I rented a car from Hertz, from the Standard SUV class, but they won't guarantee me
a 4wd or AWD which annoys me a bit. If we hit snowy conditions I wouldn't like having paid
extra for ending up with a 2WD vehicle anyway.

By pointing out that there's probably a much better chance of getting a 4wd or AWD at a Reno car rental counter than at one in San Francisco. Of course if our Kimcedric does wind up getting a vehicle equipped the way he wants in San Francisco, then my whole suggestion becomes moot.  Smile
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RE: Skiing At The Lake Tahoe Area

Fri Jan 01, 2010 3:05 pm

Thanks a lot for all your responses.

I'm an advanced skier and my friend is an intermediate snowboarder.
I think we'll spend 2days at squaw and two at Northstar.

We rented chalet in KingsBeach.

Also our wifes are with us there, but aren't skiing, so they need resorts with plenty of other activities, so maybe the larger ones will be better for them.

I will reconsider driving to Reno, as I just wanted to do some gambling I'll maybe go to
the South.

Thanks again,

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