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Tahoe Primer? Looking for "if you can see it!, you can ski it" feel???

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I'm an East Coaster who's skied up and down the Rockies and am thinking of giving the Tahoe area a try in early March for a "Dad's Only" 3-4 days of skiing trip.

I really enjoy the open terrain feel of Alta and Snowbasin as a reference, and am looking for some "you-might-try" suggestions. The order of the day for these "extended weekend" trips is to not spend a lot of money (which is how I sell the War Department on giving me the furlough), and air from Philadelphia into Reno looks pretty reasonable.

Another variable in my research is non-resort pricing for accommodations without long drives in the morning (as I'd find with Sandy to Alta, or Eden to Snowbasin, for example).

it's been a long time since I read up on skiing the Tahoe area and could use a good primer to bring me up to speed.

Thanks in advance.

Aaron
Wilmington, DE
post #2 of 8

Lots of good ski possibilities, but a couple days each at Squaw and Alpine Meadows is one way to go:  http://epicski.onthesnow.com/a/squaw-valley-alpine-meadows-a-pictorial

 

This may be too downscale for the Dads, but it worked as a crash pad for my party last January:  http://www.tahoenorthshorelodge.com/

post #3 of 8

On the South Lake side of things Kirkwood is prefect.

post #4 of 8
Aaron-

The open terrain resorts at Tahoe are Squaw, Alpine on the north shore and kirkwood on the south shore. It's pretty hard to get cheap accommodations at either places without some driving. On the N shore Tahoe City and Truckee would be your best bet.
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Aaron-

The open terrain resorts at Tahoe are Squaw, Alpine on the north shore and kirkwood on the south shore. It's pretty hard to get cheap accommodations at either places without some driving. On the N shore Tahoe City and Truckee would be your best bet.

 

Thanks for the feedback, everyone.   What sort of drive would Tahoe City and Truckee be?  Google Maps seems to suggest about 13 minutes from Tahoe City?

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Thanks for the feedback, everyone.   What sort of drive would Tahoe City and Truckee be?  Google Maps seems to suggest about 13 minutes from Tahoe City?

 

 

It's pretty close.  If you go early, 13 minutes no problem.  Later or coming back at the end of the day it can be much longer. 

 

I think Jamesj nailed it.  Stay in TC at one of the old lodges.  The North Shore Lodge is ok, but it's a couple of miles out of town. Right in town is the Mother Nature Inn.

River Grill, Wolfdales and the Bridgetender all had decent food and lively bars.

 

Squaw and Alpine are must skis.  But you might also like Sugar Bowl and Mt. Rose is a nice hill on the way to the airport.

post #7 of 8

If you don't need the lake ambience Truckee would be the better bet for lodging in terms of traffic flow and definitely if you're thinking about Sugar Bowl.  I agree Squaw/Alpine is the best fit for your parameters (desired terrain, short trip, flight into Reno).

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Thanks -- function over form, travel/accommodations-wise!

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