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.