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post #31 of 33
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^^^^^That's good info, I'll be doing that more this winter as it's probably about the same as the cost of fuel from South Lake for me.

I've used the Heavenly to Kirkwood shuttle, and it is easy and cheap.  One downside is that it leaves the same time every day, so on a powder day the longer drive time comes out of your ski day instead of your sleeping time.

 

For the OP's question  -- what about the smaller places like China Peak or Donner Ski Ranch?  I dont know exactly where they are, but it seems they might be less crowdwd at Xmas.  Anybody know?

post #32 of 33

Something that slipped my mind was the SnowBomb option. 

There is a thread here with details about attending SnowBomb, which is probably not in the cards for the OP, but @snowbombjim  may have some ideas on inexpensive options for this family to learn someplace closer to Sacramento. 

 

http://epicski.onthesnow.com/t/121620/new-snowbomb-ski-snowboard-festival-now-at-at-t-park

 

On the other hand, Tahoe at Christmas is gorgeous and the family shouldn't miss it if at all possible. 

post #33 of 33
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I've used the Heavenly to Kirkwood shuttle, and it is easy and cheap.  One downside is that it leaves the same time every day, so on a powder day the longer drive time comes out of your ski day instead of your sleeping time.

 

For the OP's question  -- what about the smaller places like China Peak or Donner Ski Ranch?  I dont know exactly where they are, but it seems they might be less crowdwd at Xmas.  Anybody know?


Donner Ski Ranch is right next to Sugar Bowl and is a good option if it has snowed enough. I don't believe they have much if any snow making capability. As far as I know, Soda Springs (which is also right next to Sugar Bowl) is also lacking in snow making.

 

So, if it has snowed enough by Christmas, there are four good options for beginners at the top of Donner Pass -- Boreal, Sugar Bowl, Soda Springs and Donner Ski Ranch. If it hasn't snowed much, then you better stick with the resorts that put effort into snow making.

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