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Feb/Mar Min 2 weeks South Lake Tahoe need local tips and accomodation ideas

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I have a Tahoe Value Season Pass (Heavenly, Kirwood and Northstar).

Wife and I travelling but only I will ski.

Skied Heavenly, Kirkwood many years ago so don't remember much. Skied Sugar Bowl, Homewood and Mount Rose more recently.

Does anyone know of a forum that is more specific to Sth Lake Tahoe area(similar to the Mammoth Mountain one)?

We will have a car.

I think we will stay for 2 weeks initially at Tahoe then maybe come back later. We will be in US and Baja California for about 3 mths in total but want to do SF to LA via Hwy 1 again and then Vegas and back to SF. We stay with friends in SF as a base but we will be away mostly.

Looking for ideas on where to stay in or near Tahoe (moderate price range). Ideally a place that would suit a skier.

Should I just use airbnb, vrbo type sites to try and find something?

Would love to hear from a local or frequent traveller re parking etc.

Kirkwood - Imagine it will be best to stay in Sth Lake Tahoe and do day trips to Kirkwood as I don't know of much out that way.

post #2 of 13

Welcome to EpicSki!  Are you coming from Australia?  Sounds like a fun winter trip.  When do you arrive in the U.S.?

 

The EpicSki resort pages for the ski areas in California would be a good place to look.  Each one includes a section with related threads.  Or can search using Google with something like "Kirkwood: epicski".  The EpicSki Search has been improved recently, but still can be frustrating.

 

Have fun!

post #3 of 13
If staying in south lake Tahoe, I have picked up some good deals off eBay, for the timeshare at Mariott at Timbercove. It's beautiful, right in the heart of downtown and has a lift from building to Heavinly. Four years ago, I paid about $750 for 7 days. Being close to the date helped.

If you go to north shore, I picked up a night at resort at Squaw Creek, for $80 + resort fee. It's a wonderful hotel right in squaw with a lift at the door. You may not find that cheap but worth a look. I found it on Hotwire. It won't say where it is but it come up as quality of Sheraton or Hilton at the resort. There are only two like that. The Ritz or Squaw Creek. Nothing else I can think of is at a resort on North Shore. I didn't see squaw on your list. If you haven't been there you should. I now connects ith Alpine Meadows; another great resort.
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If you're looking for cheap econo type stuff there's lots of places off of ski run blvd. I'm not sure how high maitenence you guys are so that info would help. Do a google search and plan on doing some calling. From most of south lake driving is optional, which is good as she can use the car during the day and you can shuttle over to the mtn. Also if drinking use the shuttles, its a witch unt here, im afraid to drive sober sometimes lol.

 

I'll try to get some names of those places in te next couple days, honestly i never pay attention.

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Originally Posted by marznc View Post

Welcome to EpicSki!  Are you coming from Australia?  Sounds like a fun winter trip.  When do you arrive in the U.S.?

 

The EpicSki resort pages for the ski areas in California would be a good place to look.  Each one includes a section with related threads.  Or can search using Google with something like "Kirkwood: epicski".  The EpicSki Search has been improved recently, but still can be frustrating.

 

Have fun!

 

Yes we are coming from Australia (Feb, Mar, Apr). Have to cover other areas of CA, Vegas and Southern Baja in that time) so probably ski in Feb then go away and maybe come back after doing Baja or something like that.

 

We will probably arrive in San Fran in early Feb and spend some time with friends in Benecia before heading to Tahoe - we love Tahoe :).

 

At this stage all I have booked is my season pass :). This will be my longest ski trip ever and I want to make the most of it from a skiing perspective. I bought all new equipent on my last trip 2 years ago and have only used them 1 day since then here in Australia.

 

We are used to being flexible with regards to accomodation in the US, many times I just book on the same day using say Hotels.com toll free number using Skype on wifi from the motel or hotel we are in, especially when we are touring. Then we just get in the car and drive to that town or city (which was part of our itinerary anyway).

 

Last trip we got  2 nights at a Casino in Reno for $70 with some other goodies included, only 3 star probably but we don't care as long as the lodging is clean. Reno room was very large and near the top floor so great views (no wifi included) - the first time that I have been asked if I wanted high or low when I checked in - I had no idea what they were asking me :)

 

We have been to the US many times and we have always been happy to use Motel 6 etc supplemented by nicer places along the way (more possible now with the internet of course, snagged a nice new place on the edge of Napa for around $80 with wifi a few years ago).

 

My wife would not be driving in Tahoe but so long as we are close to town that's fine as I can drop her off, use taxi or bus depending on the place.

 

I like doing lots of research on food options, places to buy produce, cafes and restaurants.

 

Hope that gives some more idea of what we would find acceptable.

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Originally Posted by snoseek View Post

If you're looking for cheap econo type stuff there's lots of places off of ski run blvd. I'm not sure how high maitenence you guys are so that info would help. Do a google search and plan on doing some calling. From most of south lake driving is optional, which is good as she can use the car during the day and you can shuttle over to the mtn. Also if drinking use the shuttles, its a witch unt here, im afraid to drive sober sometimes lol.

 

I'll try to get some names of those places in te next couple days, honestly i never pay attention.

 

Thanks for that. It would good to have some names for sure.

 

Happy to call places as we can call on Skype for 2 cents per min from Oz.

 

Thanks for the heads up on the drinking too. We like a wine but tend to have one glass only if we are out and driving afterwards. Then imbibe when we get to the room :)

 

What is the legal limit alchohol/blood limit in CA?

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Thanks I have never considered eBay for accomodation. So people put their timeshare allocation on ebay do they and you pay them to use it?

 

Although I do know about hotwire and priceline I must admit I have not quite wrapped my head around priceline amd hotwire yet :)

post #8 of 13
For heavenly (south lake Tahoe) I can recommend Montgomery Inn. They have WiFi and continental breakfast for around $80 night. It is about three short blocks across the street from the village gondola. The st Christopher motel is near ski run blvd on hwy 50 and is pretty cozy for the money. The Lodge at Lake Tahoe is a timeshare, but will rent weekly and sometimes nightly to non-members if they have vacancies. They have full kitchens in each unit if you want to prepare meals. Its located on Pioneer Trail about four blocks from state line/heavenly village.
You are correct about Kirkwood, there are almost no options for lodging other than condos or cabins.
For Northstar you could try the truckee hotel. From what I've heard, it can be quite an interesting experience (shared bath/shower facilities) but is likely the cheapest lodging option close to the resort.
post #9 of 13

Oz,

 

Check out expedia or orbitz as they'll show you that there are quite a few very inexpensive hotels within walking distance of the casino's/restaurants etc... in South Lake Tahoe. This is true especially Sun-Thu nights, but Fri/Sat can cost significantly more.  The wife and I are booked at the Alpine Inn for a good portion of our Tahoe visit and the price/location are definitely good.  Wether the Inn itself is any good or not we've yet to find out, but online reviews seem positive.

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Originally Posted by jgiddyup View Post

Oz,

 

Check out expedia or orbitz as they'll show you that there are quite a few very inexpensive hotels within walking distance of the casino's/restaurants etc... in South Lake Tahoe. This is true especially Sun-Thu nights, but Fri/Sat can cost significantly more.  The wife and I are booked at the Alpine Inn for a good portion of our Tahoe visit and the price/location are definitely good.  Wether the Inn itself is any good or not we've yet to find out, but online reviews seem positive.

 

That looks like a good location. Many years ago I think we stayed near that area when we had to move out of a motel on Hwy 50 as the room was not free later in the week.

 

Did you go directly to them or via one of the search sites such as the above?

post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by ozskiguy View Post

 

That looks like a good location. Many years ago I think we stayed near that area when we had to move out of a motel on Hwy 50 as the room was not free later in the week.

 

Did you go directly to them or via one of the search sites such as the above?


I called the hotel direct because the wife wanted one of the rooms with a jacuzzi tub and that isn't one of the selectable options on the travel sites

post #12 of 13

A few options to consider:

 

1.  airbnb may provide some flexible options, if you are OK with the approach (www.airbnb.com)

2.  Vacation Rental By Owner... This is a website that provides traditional vacation rentals directly with the property owner.  They have a specific section for Lake Tahoe (http://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/usa/california/lake-tahoe-ca)  

3.  If you are looking for a more traditional approach, consider a newly launched property The Basecamp.  It is a brand new property, convenient in South Lake, and has very reasonable rates and a good vibe (www.basecamphotels.com)

post #13 of 13

There is lodging on mountain at Kirkwood you have to reserve early or its gone. Northstar you can stay in kings beach or crystal bay maybe crystal bay casino and take the shuttle to the resort. heavenly has plenty of cheap options....

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