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post #1 of 22
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I might have the opportunity to tie in some skiing at Tahoe with a business trip in early February.  Rather than make the drive in a rental car from San Francisco, I was thinking I would meet my wife in Reno and stay at one of the resort hotels there and get daily shuttles up to one of the ski areas. Does anyone have some advice on how well that works (based on personal experience) or have any other suggestions?  The deals for lodging are awful good. I really don't want to bother with a rental car, so slopeside is the other option I have considered. 

Are there any places to stay nearer to the ski areas that would have shuttles and would have easily accessable good dining?

 

Thanks for any and all advice.

post #2 of 22

FWIW - Even though it is possibly doable (not sure which hotels in Reno will shuttle to Tahoe and to which resorts, in any case it will be probably North Tahoe) it is a major PITA. Given no storms and no chain control it is about 30-45min drive from Reno to Truckee and another 10-20min to the resorts from there. This is if you drive a car by yourself. Shuttle, if it exists, will take even longer. Add to this a possibility of storm and chain control and you are sitting 2 hours in the traffic one way.

 

If you don't want a rental car, get a shuttle from RNO to either Northstar or Squaw and rent a unit in either village. Then take the shuttle back to RNO. You will save yourself a lot of time, hassle and frustration. In exchange for some money, of coarse, as the lodging at Northstar or Squaw will be way more expensive than in Reno.
 

Think snow!

 

cfr

post #3 of 22

I live in San Francisco and stay in Reno at the Grand Sierra Resort, and ski at Mt Rose

which is great little ski resort 30 minutes away. Mt Rose has a shuttle that will pick you up at some of the major hotels in Reno. They charge you one fee that includes the lift ticket and the shuttle. Mt Rose has two high speed chairs on the front side and backside. They have some steep groomer runs. They also have a double diamond area called the chutes, which is serviced by another chair. 

 

Steve

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Originally Posted by SunValleySteve View Post

I live in San Francisco and stay in Reno at the Grand Sierra Resort, and ski at Mt Rose

which is great little ski resort 30 minutes away. Mt Rose has a shuttle that will pick you up at some of the major hotels in Reno. They charge you one fee that includes the lift ticket and the shuttle. Mt Rose has two high speed chairs on the front side and backside. They have some steep groomer runs. They also have a double diamond area called the chutes, which is serviced by another chair. 

 

Steve


Completely forgot about Mt. Rose ;-)

post #5 of 22
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Originally Posted by NJskier164 View Post

I might have the opportunity to tie in some skiing at Tahoe with a business trip in early February.  Rather than make the drive in a rental car from San Francisco, I was thinking I would meet my wife in Reno and stay at one of the resort hotels there and get daily shuttles up to one of the ski areas. Does anyone have some advice on how well that works (based on personal experience) or have any other suggestions?  The deals for lodging are awful good. I really don't want to bother with a rental car, so slopeside is the other option I have considered. 

Are there any places to stay nearer to the ski areas that would have shuttles and would have easily accessable good dining?

 

Thanks for any and all advice.

Does she ski?  Where have you skied before?

post #6 of 22

Staying in Reno makes a good base of operations for skiing Tahoe.  I would price line a small car for short money vs taking a shuttle to the resorts.  If you have heavy snow then take the shuttle to Mt Rose or North Star.  The Grand Sierra Resort has some good deals on rooms.  REI used to have some discount lift tickets to some of the resorts and the GSR sells tickets for a few dollars of as well. 

post #7 of 22
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OK, it sounds like the pros and cons I expected.  In answer to the questions, yes my wife skis, but not at the level I do (strictly blue groomers). I mostly have skied in the east, but have been to about a dozen resorts out west, including Squaw. My favorite of the ones I have been to is Powder Mtn. in Utah

 

I told my wife the one drawback of Reno is if we get lucky enough to have a nice dump of snow.  Getting to it would be a major PITA, if at all possible that day.  A rental car would probably be a worse option in that case, since I'm sure the highways would have chain requirements.

 

Sounds like a good idea to check out a cheap rental car, at least then you have time more under your control.

 

At least by staying at the mountain, we wouldn't be tempted to pay for the trip by trying to get lucky at the casinos  LOL

post #8 of 22

If you do stay in Reno, Mt. Rose is fun for intermediates.  As long as they don't mind riding a lift from the main base that looks like you are over the cliff that the experts like to ski.  Or they stay on the other side, which has the better place for eating lunch.  Very close to the airport so can ski half day on day of departure if you take a red-eye or evening flight.

post #9 of 22
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I told my wife the one drawback of Reno is if we get lucky enough to have a nice dump of snow.  Getting to it would be a major PITA, if at all possible that day.  A rental car would probably be a worse option in that case, since I'm sure the highways would have chain requirements.

 

Sounds like a good idea to check out a cheap rental car, at least then you have time more under your control.

 

At least by staying at the mountain, we wouldn't be tempted to pay for the trip by trying to get lucky at the casinos  LOL

If you rent 4WD, then no need for chains.  Driving from Reno is not nearly as bad as coming from CA.  But if slope side lodging is an option, then why not go for it?  Then you can stay out longer and your wife can go in whenever she likes.

post #10 of 22
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At least by staying at the mountain, we wouldn't be tempted to pay for the trip by trying to get lucky at the casinos  LOL

Unless of course if you stay at Harrah`s and walk over to the Heavenly gondola.

post #11 of 22

The nature of Tahoe skiing, multiple resorts, flexible decision making day to day all strongly suggest renting a car to make the most of it.  Rental car + Reno lodging should still be far less than slopeside lodging.  And why tie yourself to one area with so many of them to try?

post #12 of 22
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The nature of Tahoe skiing, multiple resorts, flexible decision making day to day all strongly suggest renting a car to make the most of it.  Rental car + Reno lodging should still be far less than slopeside lodging.  And why tie yourself to one area with so many of them to try?

Correct answer. Wrt chain control, while it is enforced pretty strictly in CA, it is very rare to see it checked in NV.

Oh, and anyone who thinks mt rose is an intermediate resort has not spent much time there... biggrin.gif

You will also find there are a variety of ticket special deals at Rose
post #13 of 22
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Correct answer. Wrt chain control, while it is enforced pretty strictly in CA, it is very rare to see it checked in NV.
Oh, and anyone who thinks mt rose is an intermediate resort has not spent much time there... biggrin.gif
You will also find there are a variety of ticket special deals at Rose

Didn't say Mt. Rose was only for intermediates, just that an intermediate can have a lot of fun there.  That includes watching more adventurous types drop in right underneath the lift.

post #14 of 22
Thread Starter 

OK, I just booked flights so this is going to happen.  I am thinking Tahoe City would be a good base of operations.  My wife definitely wants to ski Squaw at least one day, preferably the first day so she has the legs to enjoy it.  So, does anyone have first-hand experience withany lodging there?

post #15 of 22

You might want to consider Northstar as well - it has tons of blue groomers (that get groomed really really well) which your wife might find enjoyable (and it's close enough from Tahoe City).  Plus it has some backside options that you might like as well.  Maybe do that as a "warm-up" before hitting Squaw.

post #16 of 22
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Actually considering Northstar as a "cool down" on Monday, then head to Reno for an early flight home the next day.  There are some North shore lodgings that look interesting, 6 or 7 miles from Northstar and 15 from Squaw (acording to their websites).

 

So, anyone with specific info on lodging they can share?  If there is something that's nice, reasonably priced, and has lake veiws, that would make everyone happy (if you get my drift...)

post #17 of 22
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So I think I will be booking at the Hyatt Regency in Incline Village, and renting an inexpensive SUV.  If the weather is nice we'll head over to Squaw and possibly Heavenly (my wife wants to ski there) and if there's snow coming down just stick with Northstar.  Anyone have any suggestions as far as getting intothe resorts, i.e. parking, etc? I'm the type that gets up early so they can be one of the first in the parking lot, so that's not a problem

post #18 of 22
Good choice. Leaves you well positioned for both north and south. And the lone eagle at the Hyatt is a great place to watch the sun go down, sitting round the fire pit. Heavenly gives you the best views, if you go there use the nevada base (stagecoach iirc) for easy parking and access. North Star is always a bit of a pita for me parking wise, one of the reasons I avoid it but there are some ways round it.
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by NJskier164 View Post

So I think I will be booking at the Hyatt Regency in Incline Village, and renting an inexpensive SUV.  If the weather is nice we'll head over to Squaw and possibly Heavenly (my wife wants to ski there) and if there's snow coming down just stick with Northstar.  Anyone have any suggestions as far as getting intothe resorts, i.e. parking, etc? I'm the type that gets up early so they can be one of the first in the parking lot, so that's not a problem

 

Yes we do. 

post #20 of 22
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Yes we do. 

Do tell...like what?

 

We'll be sure to stop by and say hello.

post #21 of 22
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Hmmm... that reminds me...I would love to demo a couple of skis while I'm out there.  Do you guys have a list of what's available?  I would be particularly interested in Bushwackers

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Hmmm... that reminds me...I would love to demo a couple of skis while I'm out there.  Do you guys have a list of what's available?  I would be particularly interested in Bushwackers

you are better off calling the specific shops you are interested in to get demo ski information.  

As good as the internet is for things, this isn't one of them.  Often, you see or think you reserved something either online, but when you show up they don't have what you want. 

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