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Looking for Beginner runs in the Tahoe Area

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Advice on beginner terrain needed.

 

I will be skiing in the Tahoe area April 1 & 2.  I have skied Heavenly, Squaw Vally, and Northstar on previous trips.  This time I am bringing the Mrs. along.  She is a easy going beginner with no aspirations of advancing.  She is most happy zig zagging down very mellow runs.  She also is looking to ski the morning only and hang out / nap in the afternoon, while I get to adventure off to the bowls/trees etc. for the rest of the day.

 

With that in mind, we are looking for a place with lodging within walking distance or a short shuttle ride and most importantly, easy green runs.  This will be her first time skiing out west and I'd like for her to have fun and not be overwhelmed by the terrain (i.e. boring flat runs with good views = perfect)

 

I don't remember anything about the green runs at Heavenly (from the trail map it appears to be limited and not overly accessible from different places on the mountain).  I seam to remember the Northstar having quite a bit returning down towards the mid lodge and from the mid lodge down to the base, however I also seem to remember this area as being pretty crowded.  I remember seeing the green runs at the top of Squaw, but nowhere else. 

 

Please offer you opinions and recommendations for the best place to go.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 6

I don't know much about Heavenly.  Both Squaw and Northstar have "villages" at the base containing lodging, restaurants and retail.  I love Squaw, but I fear it's not the best for beginners not looking to advance.  The ski school is good, but the easy runs tend to be short.  The runs up there are susceptible to wind and crowds at times.  Although I choose not to ski there, I always consider Northstar a good choice for a "kinder, gentler" experience.

post #3 of 6

Mt. Rose is great for beginners but the closest lodging options are probably in Incline Village.  Sierra is also nice but again there isn't much in the way of lodging near by. 

post #4 of 6

Northstar for sure.

post #5 of 6

Heavenly has all you're looking for.

 

There're quite many wide easy beginer runs, some even have a glimps of the lake. I know because I took some boarding lessons there and we were on the easiest green runs all day.

 

You can either stay at its base village, or the rest of South Lake Tahoe area can be reached by shuttle buses. More things for the Mrs to do when she's done skiing mid-day too.

 

Most eastern skiers can actually handle one grades "harder" trails out west under typical snow condition.

post #6 of 6
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Originally Posted by contesstant View Post

Northstar for sure.


^^^ This, for reasons that Xela says.

Northstar and Squaw both have villages that your lovely wife can enjoy when she's done skiing for the day and Northstar has some amazing tree skiing on the backside and at Lookout, not to mention lots of beginner terrain that isn't over crowded.  Squaw has the gnar factor and a beautiful village, but a lot of the beginner terrain is congested and doesn't necessarily make a timid skier comfy.

 

 

 



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Originally Posted by Xela View Post

I don't know much about Heavenly.  Both Squaw and Northstar have "villages" at the base containing lodging, restaurants and retail.  I love Squaw, but I fear it's not the best for beginners not looking to advance.  The ski school is good, but the easy runs tend to be short.  The runs up there are susceptible to wind and crowds at times.  Although I choose not to ski there, I always consider Northstar a good choice for a "kinder, gentler" experience.



 

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