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post #1 of 29
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Hi all,

 

I'll be in San Francisco at a conference next week, and I'll be driving to Tahoe for two days. I'll be staying on the north side near Truckee and I have a few questions.

 

My style: I like powder and glades and some steeps. I'm not big into moguls, but I prefer ungroomed trails. My idea of fun is laps on the Imperial Lift at Breckenridge after some fresh snow, the $5 cats at Keystone, or the backside of Snowbird. I don't like to go jumping off of cliffs however, and prefer to avoid rocks. I'm based in MN so I'm pretty happy anywhere in the mountains at the end of the day...

 

#1 - I've done Heavenly several times before - usually in the glades, but I've got my mind set on Squaw Valley this trip as I've never been there before. They seem to have a good base, but no new snow forecast between now and 1/27, plus the air-temps have been warm the past week. Is there anything I should keep in mind that may change my choice of Squaw Valley next week?

 

#2. - Lift tickets - what's the best way to get tickets to Squaw for the lowest amount? Should I just get them at their main ticket window in the mornings? I haven't had much luck locating any deals online or anything. I think there may be a small discount if I get them at the resort website, but if South Lake Tahoe gets some freak storm dump and Squaw gets none, then I'd rather follow the snow and not be locked in at one place.

 

#3. - Anything else I should be considering? I'm driving out from SFO on Wednesday afternoon. Thursday and Friday are on-snow days, and I'll drive back to SFO Friday evening for an early Saturday flight back to MSP.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 29

Since you are in SF you can get discount tickets at Sport's Basement, you can get a two day and three day tickets at a discount, others may know different places to get cheap tickets.

 

All the locals I know say the snow at Sqauw is really bad right now, they are high up and get a nice cold wind which is keeping the snow hard.  I would recommend finding someplace a little more out of the wind, or with some more south facing slopes.   I'm going to try Alpine and N* this weekend in hopes of getting some spring like conditions. 

post #3 of 29

watch traffic between 3pm and 7pm heading out of SF, 

conditions at Squaw will be roughly the same as anywhere else in the Tahoe region, but Squaw has all exposures for following the sun. 

There are some multi ticket deals to look at, otherwise, not much for savings. you can buy everything on line I think.

post #4 of 29

Ok, well you can forget about any powder at this point, unless every single weather dude in the western hemisphere is on glue and missing a big a$$ storm bearing down on us right now. Doubtful but possible...LOL. There isn't going to be any "freak" storm dumping snow on the South shore and the North shore gets none, at least for the next week or so. So you can forget about that idea.

 

The moguls if the damned east wind stops blowing, which it should, will be the size of small cars by the middle of next week. This is on the easy to get to steeper stuff. Temps look good though and wind direction looks better then this week, with the high pressure right over the top of us, or closer then now. They may groom out some of the steeper stuff on KT, but who knows.

 

Don't know anything about skiing in Summit County and haven't been at the "Bird" for years, so can't comment on what compares to the terrain you mentioned. However, I would also look at going to Northstar for a day. Lower elevation, lots of sun exposure to soften the snow and being from MN, it is probably plenty steep for you. But by all means come to Squaw for a day at least. Make sure you are on the Bay Bridge before 3pm or you are going to be sorry, noon if at all possible. 


Edited by Ske-Bum - 1/24/11 at 4:00pm
post #5 of 29

 

Skied Squaw last week and you definitely would not want to venture off piste unless the sun has had the chance to soften things up.  Now at Heavenly and it definitely isn't.  Brought 2 pair of skis with me and wishing one pair was my skier-cross ice skates.

post #6 of 29

I skied Kirkwood and Heavenly yesterday and today.  You seriously do NOT want to venture off piste' as conditions at both are pretty close to well set concrete.  Skied Heavenly today and snow on the groomers was not too bad ...

post #7 of 29

How was Kirkwood?  Thinking of heading there tomorrow as Heavenly is boring me witless.

post #8 of 29

Ski 1 Day At Homewood

 

Its the perfect weather perfect conditions for a day at Homewood.

 

Really you will not be sorry\

 

http://www.skihomewood.com/

 

FYI This week the North Shore has a nice freeze thaw cycle going so all the resorts are going to have a sweet spot sometime during the Day for Corn or softer snow.

 

Homewood being best for this

post #9 of 29

It looks like, based on our local L.A. forecast and the forecast for Alpine Meadows, that the onshore flow is returning late this weekend. That means the storm door might open again just in time for our trip up there on 2/8-13. Woot! We are adding a day at Homewood to our schedule. Two at Alpine, two at Northstar, and one at Homewood. Might swap a Squaw day in there, depends on conditions and how our tiny daughter does on her maiden ski voyage. I have shiny new K2 Lotta Luvs that are calling my name! AND we have scheduled a visit to Start Haus for new boots for the hubby. :D

post #10 of 29

There are some Squaw discounts available via REI, Helm, Mel Cotton, etc.  Try http://www.onthesnow.com/california/squaw-valley-usa/lift_tickets.html

 

Conditions won't be great, but I had fun at Squaw last weekend anyway.

post #11 of 29

Well, the skiing is pretty much East Coast now, groomers only, everything off-piste is bulletproof shiny ice, a couple of runs do develop something resembling corn, so everyone stampedes to those rund and they quickly develop large bumps.  I would not expect anything good until the next storm hits, a couple of feet of new will change everything.  

post #12 of 29

Do the snow dance, then! 

 

Our group is "lucky"--I'm coming along with 3 outstanding active duty Air Force guys, they all get free lift tix at Alpine, Squaw, and Homewood. Which is a huge reason we are skiing those places. Northstar offers a discount and great deals for parents with little ones. Mammoth is missing our business because they offer nothing of the sort.

post #13 of 29

The snow on the groomers at Sugar Bowl was excellent today. The snow is finally getting good again.

post #14 of 29
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It looks like, based on our local L.A. forecast and the forecast for Alpine Meadows, that the onshore flow is returning late this weekend. That means the storm door might open again just in time for our trip up there on 2/8-13. Woot! We are adding a day at Homewood to our schedule. Two at Alpine, two at Northstar, and one at Homewood. Might swap a Squaw day in there, depends on conditions and how our tiny daughter does on her maiden ski voyage. I have shiny new K2 Lotta Luvs that are calling my name! AND we have scheduled a visit to Start Haus for new boots for the hubby. :D



Man, I hope you are right. The local forecasters and the long range guys are hoping for a break around the 2/5 or somewhere in that neighborhood. At Squaw it is pretty much the groomers and Tower 16, rest of the mountain is shutdown, I'm actually wondering if the patrollers are running out of closed signs. 

post #15 of 29
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It looks like, based on our local L.A. forecast and the forecast for Alpine Meadows, that the onshore flow is returning late this weekend. That means the storm door might open again just in time for our trip up there on 2/8-13. Woot! We are adding a day at Homewood to our schedule. Two at Alpine, two at Northstar, and one at Homewood. Might swap a Squaw day in there, depends on conditions and how our tiny daughter does on her maiden ski voyage. I have shiny new K2 Lotta Luvs that are calling my name! AND we have scheduled a visit to Start Haus for new boots for the hubby. :D



Man, I hope you are right. The local forecasters and the long range guys are hoping for a break around the 2/5 or somewhere in that neighborhood. At Squaw it is pretty much the groomers and Tower 16, rest of the mountain is shutdown, I'm actually wondering if the patrollers are running out of closed signs. 


Oy, that's no good. I recall from the eons ago we skied Tahoe regularly that Northstar was good for spring skiing, as was Alpine. It sounds like essentially spring conditions up there at the moment.

post #16 of 29

not as good as spring, because so few runs get soft at all, ie corn is not forming very many places. I hear Mammoth is much more wide open as they started this high cycle with chalk, having gotten 14" of snow the last storm days that we got two days of 1 1/2 " of rain.

post #17 of 29
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It looks like, based on our local L.A. forecast and the forecast for Alpine Meadows, that the onshore flow is returning late this weekend. That means the storm door might open again just in time for our trip up there on 2/8-13. Woot! We are adding a day at Homewood to our schedule. Two at Alpine, two at Northstar, and one at Homewood. Might swap a Squaw day in there, depends on conditions and how our tiny daughter does on her maiden ski voyage. I have shiny new K2 Lotta Luvs that are calling my name! AND we have scheduled a visit to Start Haus for new boots for the hubby. :D



Man, I hope you are right. The local forecasters and the long range guys are hoping for a break around the 2/5 or somewhere in that neighborhood. At Squaw it is pretty much the groomers and Tower 16, rest of the mountain is shutdown, I'm actually wondering if the patrollers are running out of closed signs. 


Oy, that's no good. I recall from the eons ago we skied Tahoe regularly that Northstar was good for spring skiing, as was Alpine. It sounds like essentially spring conditions up there at the moment.


Nope, not spring skiing at all, Alpine is maybe better. Haven't been there, they have Sherwood and Boundary Bowl that get a lot of sun even with the winter sun. Sun angle at Squaw is wrong for a lot of the mountain to soften, the last storm we had around the first of the month it rained all the way to the summit, which took really nice snow and turned it into a glazed donut. Now if the next storm we get doesn't come in super wet then we may have issues with bonding.

post #18 of 29

I'm assuming the sun angle and lack of sun hours is having an impact, too. Throw me a bone here, I'm trying to get excited about our first trip to our old stomping grounds in 12 years! Snow dance, snow dance, snow dance...

post #19 of 29
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I'm assuming the sun angle and lack of sun hours is having an impact, too. Throw me a bone here, I'm trying to get excited about our first trip to our old stomping grounds in 12 years! Snow dance, snow dance, snow dance...


It may break by the time you get here, you are still two weeks or so out.  This is reaching the naked snow dance level. Groomers in the sun are ok. Don't mean to buzz kill you, just telling the truth.  I'm personally thinking about heading to Mammoth for a couple of days. 

post #20 of 29

My godness, never base Tahoe conditions on the past even if it was yesterday and sunday!!

 

I just talked to someone who skied Alpine tiday.  If sofened up and they had a good.

 

But for the next 3 days Homewood will be as good as it gets.  Sking the groomers everywhere and in the glades west of Drunken Frenchman will be WOW all day long

 

 

Again this is PERFECT Homewood weather for the rest of this week.  2 weeks from now? who knows/

 

Here is the 7 day forcast.   ITS PERFECT sunny Tahoe Sking

Tonight: Clear, with a low around 29. East wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 47. East wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Wednesday Night: Clear, with a low around 32. East wind around 10 mph.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 53. East wind between 5 and 10 mph.

Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 31. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 53.

Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 26.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 51.

Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33.

Sunday: A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 38.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 23.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 39.

Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 22.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 42.

 

Its not staying hard during the day the rest of this week.  Slight freeze at night dam near 50 DEGREES EVERY day!!

On a 6 to 10 foot base

 

FYI a tip from a Local.

 

when you go to homewood plan to have morning coffee and Breakfast Just down the road from the Ski area AT

Obexer's General Store

 

Its a small General Store that makes Breakfast and Lunch (REAL GOOD)   high end coffee and smoothies.

 

Drive just past Homewood Ski area and its on your left.  Order a Latte and some breakfast then strool out the back to the marina and take in the Lake on a crisp winter morning (REALLY)!!

 

post #21 of 29
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when you go to homewood plan to have morning coffee and Breakfast Just down the road from the Ski area AT

Obexer's General Store

 

Its a small General Store that makes Breakfast and Lunch (REAL GOOD)   high end coffee and smoothies.

 

Drive just past Homewood Ski area and its on your left.  Order a Latte and some breakfast then strool out the back to the marina and take in the Lake on a crisp winter morning (REALLY)!!

 


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when you go to homewood plan to have morning coffee and Breakfast Just down the road from the Ski area AT

Obexer's General Store

 

Its a small General Store that makes Breakfast and Lunch (REAL GOOD)   high end coffee and smoothies.

 

Drive just past Homewood Ski area and its on your left.  Order a Latte and some breakfast then strool out the back to the marina and take in the Lake on a crisp winter morning (REALLY)!!

 


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NICE!  

Hey is that your picture? its a nice view from the road correct?  I suspect you drive by there often on the way to / from the Emerald Bay back country.

 

Do you stop there?   


 

post #23 of 29

Nice

post #24 of 29

OK, I feel better now. thanks for the tip on Obexer's!

Now, time for the naked snow dance!

post #25 of 29
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I just talked to someone who skied Alpine tiday.  If sofened up and they had a good.

 

But for the next 3 days Homewood will be as good as it gets.  Sking the groomers everywhere and in the glades west of Drunken Frenchman will be WOW all day long

 

 

Again this is PERFECT Homewood weather for the rest of this week.  2 weeks from now? who knows/

 

 


Yeah, I figured Alpine would be skiing better then Squaw. Don't have a pass at Alpine and don't want to bug anyone for a ticket, it is a long winter and there is still a lot of it to go, so don't want to call in favors at this point. 

 

Many of us don't consider running groomers all day that entertaining. Weather is perfect if you like sun in January. I prefer storms, with my sun in April. 

post #26 of 29

I'm going to be in South Lake Tahoe next week, Feb. 2-6, without a car. Any advice?

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I'm going to be in South Lake Tahoe next week, Feb. 2-6, without a car. Any advice?


What do you want to know?  Assuming you're right next to Heavenly, I'd do most of my skiing there.  Very scenic mtn.  Believe you'll also have some good options for other mtns such as free bus to Squaw, boat to Squaw, bus to Kirkwood.  Sierra at Tahoe is nearby, but not sure if bus connection.  This thread may help with more info/opinions:  http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/97903/advice-for-tahoe

They are having a strangely warm January, but it may cool a little for your dates.

post #28 of 29

Mostly wondering what my best options are r.e. conditions, since I suspect a lot of the ungroomed stuff is a bit iffy right now. I'd prefer not to spend all my time on groomed slopes so I'll try to go wherever I have the best shot at some decent off-piste skiing. Looking at the forecast for my dates it looks like it will be in the teens at night and low 40s during the day. I have to imagine there will be a lot of ice anywhere that isn't groomed.
 

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I'm going to be in South Lake Tahoe next week, Feb. 2-6, without a car. Any advice?


What do you want to know?  Assuming you're right next to Heavenly, I'd do most of my skiing there.  Very scenic mtn.  Believe you'll also have some good options for other mtns such as free bus to Squaw, boat to Squaw, bus to Kirkwood.  Sierra at Tahoe is nearby, but not sure if bus connection.  This thread may help with more info/opinions:  http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/97903/advice-for-tahoe

They are having a strangely warm January, but it may cool a little for your dates.

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Mostly wondering what my best options are r.e. conditions, since I suspect a lot of the ungroomed stuff is a bit iffy right now. I'd prefer not to spend all my time on groomed slopes so I'll try to go wherever I have the best shot at some decent off-piste skiing. Looking at the forecast for my dates it looks like it will be in the teens at night and low 40s during the day. I have to imagine there will be a lot of ice anywhere that isn't groomed.
 

 I believe the term is coral reefwink.gif

If you have to follow the sun on groomers, Heavenly's a good place for that because the slopes spread out in all aspects, on clear days the views are pretty special, and the apres ski options are outstandingicon14.gif

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