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I am thinking of staying for 7 nights at the Northstar at Tahoe Resort in January or February. How easy is it to get to Squaw Valley, Heavenly, and Kirkwood from this location in the mornings. I definitely would want to hit up Squaw and Heavenly but not sure if it is worth the drive from this location. Please provide information on if staying at Northstar and driving to Squaw and Heavenly makes sense.
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Squaw is less than half an hour.  The others are longer.  Google maps is your friend.  Keep in mind that on a powder day there will be serious traffic so you'll need to leave early to beat the crowds.

post #3 of 10

If you are staying at Northstar AND have a car then it takes about 20-30 min to get to Squaw/Alpine thru Truckee (don't go thru Kings Beach since you'll might face chain control over the Brokeway summit).

 

Heavenly is way longer drive - you will have most likely to drive around the lake clockwise. It takes about an hour from NS.

 

Add another 45min for Kirkwood.

 

Enjoy!
 

post #4 of 10

Just ski the north shore resorts. IMHO: There is no reason to drive that far just to ski those two resorts?

post #5 of 10

Sucker for the marketing, eh?  I've been thinking that Northstar has been pouring on the charm in the marketing department this past year.  I've found myself wanting to go there and then have to ask why after not really wanting to go there at any point in the last 5 years.  I think it's the marketing.... and that ridiculously plush Hotel Ritz.

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I concur with JayT, cfr and SHREDHEAD.  Also, I would verify exactly where you're staying.  There are a number of confusingly named properties at Northstar and they are not all of the same quality.

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Originally Posted by sbenge27 View Post

I am thinking of staying for 7 nights at the Northstar at Tahoe Resort in January or February. How easy is it to get to Squaw Valley, Heavenly, and Kirkwood from this location in the mornings. I definitely would want to hit up Squaw and Heavenly but not sure if it is worth the drive from this location. Please provide information on if staying at Northstar and driving to Squaw and Heavenly makes sense.

Are you going alone or with a group?  Staying at Northstar near the lifts is great for families with kids, or groups with a range of abilities.  Has the advantage of lower chance of lift closing during a major storm.

 

Where else have you skied in the Rockies?

 

Given the number of places to choose from around north Tahoe, I can't think of a reason to drive to Heavenly until you just want to see the view from the south side.  Can also get very nice views from Homewood.  Homewood can be a good place to go on a weekend.  But need to get there early to get into the parking lot.  Meaning 30-45 min before the lifts start up.

post #8 of 10

Yup, if you are staying at Northstar, stay on the north side of the lake. You can ski Northstar, Squaw, Alpine Meadows, Sugarbowl Homewood and even Mt. Rose. No need to go all the way to Heavenly or Kirkwood, yo will have plenty of great skiing w/in 30 min. As far as timing of the trip, the later the better. January historically is the driest month in Tahoe, March the snowiest and February, anything goes. 

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Is there any way to get between Heavenly and Kirkwood without renting a car?  Specifically, are there any shuttles that run between them?

 

If not, what's that ride like?  Will I need four wheel drive with snow tires or chains to get over any passes or anything like that?

 

Thanks

post #10 of 10

There are shuttles that run between the casinos/lodging on the south shore and both resorts so no car is needed.

 

Depending on your lodging the shuttle will pick you up right downstairs.

 

We stayed at Lakeland Village and had no need to use the car the whole time we were there.

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