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Advice for Reno / Tahoe quick trip

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Thread Starter 

I have a business trip in San Francisco and I'm planning on flying from Oakland to Reno after work on Thursday.  Stay at an airport hotel that night and take a bus to Homewood in the morning (I have a free ticket for that resort).  Then I'm less sure of my next move.  My return flight is late afternoon on Saturday.  So I'd like to ski at least another half day.  I could stay in Homewood Friday evening and ski a short day on Saturday before taking a shuttle back to Reno Airport.  Or is there a way to take a ski shuttle on Saturday morning to try another resort nearby (which is most accessible).  Should I consider taking a shuttle to a nearby resort to lodge on Friday rather than sleeping in Homewood (storing luggage is going to be a concern)? 

 

If anyone knows the area and has some advice, I'd appreciate the help!

 

Thanks.

post #2 of 14

Are you deadset on the shuttlebus? next week looks pretty dry so a rental car may be the best bet. the roads arent bad from reno to homewood. then you would have the freedom to hit up another resort on your schedule.

post #3 of 14

Do you plan to stay on the north side the whole time, if so i would hit up north star or go a little farther west and go to alpine meadows. I grew up skiing sierra at Tahoe on the south side its right off highway 50 about 20 min from meyers iirc. Its smaller than north star but it tends to be a bit less crowded(granted i haven't skied there in 3 years). Homewood is cool but i remember it being small. You really can't go wrong either way.

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Mt Rose is by far the closest to the airport.... maybe 30 minutes... @ N* it'll take that long just to get back to your car....
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Mt Rose is by far the closest to the airport.... maybe 30 minutes... @ N* it'll take that long just to get back to your car....

exactly!  There are also transfers to Rose from Reno so you could stay in Reno Friday as well and avoid any hassle with your luggage.

 

Unless you really feel you must use the free Homewood ticket, there are several better choices for your full day....  It does have some great views though

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Unless you really feel you must use the free Homewood ticket, there are several better choices for your full day....  It does have some great views though

 

with all due respect to Mr. ScotsSkier.... Homewood is skiing pretty sweet right now (disclaimer: I teach there.... but I speak the truth :)

 

and the views  are something to behold.....  give me a shoutout & perhaps I can arrange a "Best of Homewood" tour for you, but be forewarned... I'm the 3rd best skier on the mountain !!! ;)

 

Cheers !!!

post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the suggestions.  Mt. Rose on Saturday feels like a good plan!

 

Seems like getting toHomewood and back from Airport or downtown Reno might not be that easy.  Anyone know how this can be done cheaply without renting a car?
 

post #8 of 14

Kelly001,

 

There is at least one shuttle from Mt. Rose to some of the Reno casino/hotels, and others know more about these shuttles than i do.  But you live in Mass. right?  By definition you can drive on anything (I once lived in Boston and know a directional signal there is considered a sign of weakness).  A midsize car rental at the Reno airport only costs $16-$25 per day.  So long as it isn't puking several feet of snow, stick your skis in the car and drive, drive, drive.

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Originally Posted by LouD-Reno View Post

with all due respect to Mr. ScotsSkier.... Homewood is skiing pretty sweet right now (disclaimer: For homewood smile.gif

and the views  are something to behold.....  give me a shoutout & perhaps I can arrange a "Best of Homewood" tour for you, but be forewarned... I'm the 3rd best skier on the mountain !!! wink.gif

Cheers !!!

Fixed it for you biggrin.gif

Wrt renting a car. Reno can be pretty cheap, just need to watch your routing. In CA, they will enforce chain control at the passes. In NV, isn't normally controlled.
post #10 of 14
I would think a cheap rental car gives you more ski time to not fret about bus times. It also solves your luggage issue. I've booked really cheap through Hotwire. If money is an issue, Homewood can be fun. There isn't a better view in Tahoe. I'd agree Mt. Rose gets you close to airport, so you can ski the longest. You could even get a Reno hotel that will be a lot cheaper. Have fun.
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by kelly001 View Post

Thanks for the suggestions.  Mt. Rose on Saturday feels like a good plan!

 

Seems like getting toHomewood and back from Airport or downtown Reno might not be that easy.  Anyone know how this can be done cheaply without renting a car?
 

Cheapest is renting a car.

 

Otherwise, you have to balance the cost of the free lift ticket and the transport cost. From Reno, ski buses goes to most of the north shore mountains, usually includes discount lift tickets.

 

Also keep in mind the shuttle timing on Saturday. Don't know what time is your flight, ski buses typically return in afternoon, not mid-day. That may not give you enough time to make your flight out.

post #12 of 14

Sounds like a pricy 'free' ticket to me. Aren't last minute plane seats pricier? Aren't  flights from Oakland to Reno rerouted through Vegas and SLC? Could be a long flight - time is money - driving from Oakland to where-ever might br a better option, with a one way drop off at Reno Tahoe for your flight back to Masshole.

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 Aren't last minute plane seats pricier? Aren't  flights from Oakland to Reno rerouted through Vegas and SLC? 

Not necessary. Southwest flies from Oakland to Reno for a song (at least it used to be).  

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I've done the drive from Bay area to Tahoe, drop off in Reno.  In a word, it sucks.  I'm doing basically the same thing he's doing (but in early February), and booking the extra leg through Reno cost me about $50 more than just east to west coasts and back.  Thought about the shutlles, but even an SUV through hotwire is only about $56/day. I would rather have the flexibility.

 

Good comment about the shuttle bus times. That's too much stress for me to worry about getting to the arport on time.  You can;t cut things close like you could years ago.If you're not checked in at the airport at least 45 minutes before the flight, you may not get boarded.

 

If it were me, I would rent a car cheap, drive up to Tahoe City and get a cheap room for 2 nights, ski something like Alpine Meadows or Squaw on Friday (to get the most from the ticket you're paying for) and then Homewood Saturday morning and get out of there in enough time to safely get to the airport with plenty of time.

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