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Hello All,

 

I am planning a ski trip in March with my daughter.  We both ski but her husband doesn't and has no interest in trying but we still want him to come along.  (He is a great cook!)  However, he loves Casinos and is actually pretty good at poker.  So I thought I would look for a resort where we can have our cake and eat it too.

 

Which brings me to my questions?  Which ski area offers the best of both worlds?  I know of Reno where we would have to commute to ski (Squaw, Alpine Meadow, Northstar, Mt Rose).  I think Heavenly has casinos on the Nevada side.  But are there other options I am missing.

 

I would appreciate any feedback from others who also faced this situation.  Which resort filled your ski/gambling needs the best?

 

Thanks,

 

Rick G

post #2 of 13

It's been quite a few years but I stayed at the base of Heavenly which is 5 minutes from the casinos in Lake Tahoe.  They were just building a lift in the center of town (that tells you how long it's been) so it's probably even more convenient.

 

We had some crappy travel weather so we just stayed at Heavenly but really wanted to get to Northstar and Squaw.

post #3 of 13

Rick G,

 

Heavenly is the resort you want since most casinos are within walking distance of  the gondola.  Your son-in-law can find the usual poker games and daily tournaments.  The limits are generally lower when compared to Las Vegas and the poker rooms range from good to crappy, with none of them being really nice.  You can go online and book rooms right in the casinos or nearby if you want your son-in-law to drive or walk to them.  You can always stay in Reno, but this way you avoid commuting to and from ski areas.
 


Edited by quant2325 - 11/12/12 at 1:49pm
post #4 of 13

Heavenly/Tahoe seems like the best answer, but there are others. Taos Mountain Casino is about half an hour from the resort, and Santa Fe also has a casino. The gambling town of Blackhawk, CO is less than an hour from some resorts. You could always hit Ski Las Vegas, but I  think that would tip the scale way too far in favor of gambling over skiing. Snoqualmie Casino is down the highway from the Snoqualmie resorts. I'm sure there are probably others.

 

On a related note, there's been talk of two casinos in northern CO, one of which would be outside the Hayden (Steamboat) airport and one on the UT border. http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_21866264/two-proposed-casinos-northwest-colorado-promise-economic-spark

 

Heavenly seems like a no-brainer for you, but it was a fun topic cool.gif

post #5 of 13

Ski Apache in southern NM actually has an on slope lodge with slot machines and a bar in it. 

post #6 of 13

seems like Heavenly is the only logical choice here.

post #7 of 13
There's a casino bus from Summit County (A Basin, Keystone, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain) to the Blackhawk/Central City multiple-casino development in Colorado.
post #8 of 13

I see you list NE Ohio as your location.

 

It's no Heavenly, of course, but for a *much* smaller-scale trip there's Holiday Valley in New York. Seneca Allegany Casino is just 15 minutes away.

 

Disclaimer: I can't comment on the casino as a place to stay or gamble because I've never been to it. But I have heard people recommend it a few times as a place to stay when going to HV.
 

post #9 of 13

Deadwood, South Dakota is about 10 minutes from Terry Peak; SD's premier ski area.  Did a couple days there 2 years ago.  Deadwood is a cool little tourist trap, you keep expecting to see Wild Bill Hickok come walking down the street.  

 

Go to Heavenly Valley.  

post #10 of 13

Heavenly is far and away the most obvious choice.  When people say walking distance between the casinos and the gondola, they're making it sound further away than it is.  They're pretty much right next to each other and share the same parking lots.

post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by Michael Matola View Post

I see you list NE Ohio as your location.

 

It's no Heavenly, of course, but for a *much* smaller-scale trip there's Holiday Valley in New York. Seneca Allegany Casino is just 15 minutes away.

 

Disclaimer: I can't comment on the casino as a place to stay or gamble because I've never been to it. But I have heard people recommend it a few times as a place to stay when going to HV.
 

 

I ski Holiday Valley all the time.  Drive right past the casino on the way.  But I am looking for a western trip but that could be a possiblitly if we have to pair down our trip for expense reasons. 

 

Thanks,

 

Rick G

post #12 of 13

As many have said, Heavenly is the way to go.  Have skied there on 3 of the last 5 years and they have some decent casinos on the Nevada side and you can't go wrong with the terrain at Heavenly.  The locals complain about it, but coming from the East Coast, I'd take it any day of the week.  You could do a drive too and hit up Kirkwood (my favorite place to ski on the west coast) or any of the other Tahoe resorts.

post #13 of 13
Heavenly/South Lake Tahoe/Stateline, NV is indeed the best choice. There is also casino gambling close to the North Lake Tahoe area...Incline Village , NV.

If you want to go east...Mont Tremblant near Montreal has a casino at its base! Supposed to be very nice.
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