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which 6 resorts at Lake Tahoe

Poll Results: Which one to ditch

Poll expired: Mar 22, 2011  
  • 0% (0)
    Heavenly
  • 0% (0)
    Alpine Meadows
  • 14% (1)
    Kirkwood
  • 42% (3)
    Northstar
  • 0% (0)
    Mount Rose
  • 14% (1)
    Sierra-at-Tahoe
  • 28% (2)
    Squaw Valley
7 Total Votes  
post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Hi fellow bears,

 

We have a 6 out of 8 Ski Lake Tahoe skiing pass. Which 6 of these 7 resorts should we do? Or easier. Which not? We can choose out of:

- Heavenly

- Alpine Meadows

- Kirkwood

- Northstar

- Mount Rose

- Sierra-at-Tahoe

- Squaw Valley

 

We are pretty good skiers looking for powder, steep terrain and of course a view over the Lake. To get a feeling for what we like. In Utah we love Alta, Snowbird and Honeycomb at Solitude. But can be quite happy when playing in Jupiters bowl in Park City Mountain resort too. Loved also Jackson Hole in WY.

 

Thanks for all the input!!!

 

Dirk and Daphne

post #2 of 11

The biggest question is where are you staying?  Going between north and south tahoe is a bit of a pain.

post #3 of 11

Definitely make your way to Kirkwood if possible.  A bunch of us eastcoasters spent the third week in February in Tahoe and we skied at Heavenly, Squaw and Kirkwood.  All three mountains have their benefits, for sure, but Kirkwood impressed us because there was 25% more snow and the liftlines were non-existent.  For lake views, it'd be hard to beat Heavenly and for terrain Squaw was really impressive.   

post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by bullhorn View Post

The biggest question is where are you staying?  Going between north and south tahoe is a bit of a pain.


Staying at 3535 Lake Tahoe Boulevard South Lake Tahoe.

Why is it a bit of a pain? Driving time seems to be only about 1 hour to most resorts. What am I missing?

 

post #5 of 11

- Heavenly-  Can be a great mountain if you know your way around.  If not, you can waste your day on traverses & access runs.  If you have someone to show you around it can be well worth it.

 

- Alpine Meadows-  I really like this place.  Straight forward layout with just about everything accessible from the Summit chair.

 

- Kirkwood-  Short steep shots, open bowls & quality snow.

 

- Northstar-  Used to be known as Flatstar, but a lot of terrain has been added over the years.  Some good low angle tree skiing for a stormy day.  Lots of base development probably attracts many destination skiers & families.

 

- Mount Rose-  Small, quaint, high elevation with some good steeps in the chutes.  Closest to Reno, but farthest from everyone else.

 

- Sierra-at-Tahoe-  Great wind protection & tree skiing on a storm day.  Huge granite boulders make for some great pillow drops.  The rest of it is pretty average, lots of Snowboarders & terrain parks.

 

- Squaw Valley-  Big with some of the steepest inbounds terrain you will find anywhere.  Shouldn't be missed, just cause it is "Squaw".

 

JF

post #6 of 11

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Originally Posted by dirksuchy View Post


Staying at 3535 Lake Tahoe Boulevard South Lake Tahoe.

Why is it a bit of a pain? Driving time seems to be only about 1 hour to most resorts. What am I missing?

Squaw & Alpine are not a pain if Hwy 89 around Emerald Bay is open, it is also a beautiful drive.  Northstar & Rose will add at least another 1/2 hour.  The most convenient to south shore are gonna be Heavenly & Sierra.  Kirkwood is another beautiful drive if the weather is good.

 

JF
 

 

post #7 of 11


What you are missing is that if it snows and you get stuck behind a slide out or a snow plow that one hour can easily double. Or if it snows and they don't what to be bothered with plowing Emerald Bay you are easily talking 1.5 from the south shore to Squaw, Alpine or Northstar. You are talking two lane mountain roads for the most part, that is what you are missing. I use 1 hr as a gauge from the North Shore to the South Shore in the summer, not the winter. 

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Originally Posted by dirksuchy View Post




Staying at 3535 Lake Tahoe Boulevard South Lake Tahoe.

Why is it a bit of a pain? Driving time seems to be only about 1 hour to most resorts. What am I missing?

 



 

post #8 of 11

4ster has it spot on.

I would drop Northstar and Mt. Rose purely because they are the furthest away from you accomodation..

Tahoe is a great skiing area.

It is wonderful to wake up in the morning and have so many choices.

It can get very warm, with freeze/ thaw snow, 

post #9 of 11

Getting to Northstar or Mt. Rose if you go around the east side of the lake shortens the drive up quite a bit. Road conditions depending, of course.

post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by contesstant View Post

Getting to Northstar or Mt. Rose if you go around the east side of the lake shortens the drive up quite a bit. Road conditions depending, of course.



If you are in Stateline rather than in South Lake.  Of course, if the road is closed around Emerald Bay you won't have an option.

 

post #11 of 11

Are the accomodations flexible?  Looking at the locations on the map, it seems you've got two clusters if you throw out Mt. Rose.  Perhaps you could stay for half the time near Tahoe City.  That stretch on 89 along the west shore of the lake adds distance and could be an issue.

 

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