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I'm heading to Tahoe in mid-Jan with 5 or 6 guys for a birthday trip.  We're mostly Blue/Black skiers with one or two beginners.  We'll be staying in S Lake Tahoe, near the Heavenly gondola. We'll be skiing 4 days.

 

I was thinking we'd ski Heavenly first 2 days, then take a shuttle day 3 to Squaw.  Day 4 either Heavenly (convenience of being right there) or maybe another day trip to Kirkwood.

 

What do y'all think about this itinerary?  Any suggestions or strong opinions on which resorts to hit which days?  First day of skiing will be a Friday.

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Cool, Tahoe is great. It sounds like you won't have a rental car, hence the "shuttle"? As far as hitting Squaw, it is part of the Tahoe experience and you absolutely should. As far as a 2/1/1 day breakdown, play it by day and where the best snow is when, I wouldn't dismiss throwing Kirkwood into the mix too (not sure there is a shuttle down though). 

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Don't they still run that boat shuttle thing from South Lake? If only for the novelty of it, I'd think that could be a fun way to get to Squaw for the day. It can't be much slower than riding in a shuttle. Someone here must know more about that?

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Hitting Squaw is a good idea ;-), but take a look at the weather.  If the Emerald Bay route is closed (and it most likely will be, you are looking at a long slog around the lake.  If it dumping, stay at Heavenly and enjoy the trees.  None of the typical Heavenly skiers (hung over casino-goer types) would be on the hill, so you should have a good time (provided you didn't over-celebrate the Bday the night before).

 

Kirkwood may be easier to get to and should be a lot of fun.  With 6 people you may be better off renting a SUV instead of relying on a shuttle. .  

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Hitting Squaw is a good idea ;-), but take a look at the weather.  If the Emerald Bay route is closed (and it most likely will be, you are looking at a long slog around the lake.  If it dumping, stay at Heavenly and enjoy the trees.  None of the typical Heavenly skiers (hung over casino-goer types) would be on the hill, so you should have a good time (provided you didn't over-celebrate the Bday the night before).

 

Kirkwood may be easier to get to and should be a lot of fun.  With 6 people you may be better off renting a SUV instead of relying on a shuttle. .  

Thanks to you, Sinecure & Philpug for the info!

 

What is the Emerald Bay route?

 

We should be OK with the crowds - we're going the weekend after MLK, so I would think that would be smaller crowds than a Holiday weekend.  Although, I'm sure I'll be one of the "typical" Heavenly skiers you reference.  It'll be hard keeping it low-key that first night in town...

 


 

 

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Emerald Bay is the South West corner of Lake Tahoe.  The road around the lake is closed there most of the winter, meaning you have to go the long way around to get between Heavenly and Squaw.

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Don't they still run that boat shuttle thing from South Lake? If only for the novelty of it, I'd think that could be a fun way to get to Squaw for the day. It can't be much slower than riding in a shuttle. Someone here must know more about that?

I don't know if they are still doing it, but if they are it is very time-competitive with a bus.  When we stayed at South Lake Tahoe a few years ago I saw advertisements for it, and thought it sounded like a good idea.

 

We took a shuttle (bus) from S.L.T. to Kirkwood, and it worked out pretty well.  Cheap, and they pick up a several spots.  The only problem is they don't adjust the pickup time for the weather, so the more you want to get there the later they arrive.  (We got there about 1/2 hour after the lifts opened, if I remember correctly)

 

If you take a shuttle, make sure you know where and when they pick up.  I saw someone standing on one side of the Embassy Suites as the Squaw bus pulled up in front, and then left.  Later I overheard him asking about the Squaw Busfrown.gif.
 

 

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