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Tahoe over X-Mas

post #1 of 10
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What's the Tahoe ski areas like lately and what would be a good one to ski (family intermediate-advanced skiers). I'm pondering if it's worth bothering to take the skis along (airplane flight) for a day of skiing there while we visit relatives. We've skied at Heavenly over Christmas three years ago and it was quite underwhelming.  Not everything was open and the slopes were icy.  No effort was put into the grooming of the slopes.

 

1) Is skiing better there now (especially considering the high prices that the ski resorts charge)?

2) Which resort would you recommend right now?
3) Are the ticket prices more than these at the mountain?

4) Can I get these online prices the day before?

5) Is there a better place to buy lift tickets?

 

Resort Adult/Child Family
Kirkwood $86/$61 $286
Heavenly $99/$62 $322
Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows $95/55 $300
Mt. Rose $89/$47 $232 special
North Star $104/$65 $338
Sierra at Tahoe $93/$33 $252
for reference:    
Serfaus Fiss Ladis (Austria) $58/$35 $186
Seven Oaks Rec (Iowa) $34/25 $118

 

PS: For ski vacations I'd just go to Austria for nicer ski resorts, beautiful mountains, cheaper tickets and better food. ;)

post #2 of 10
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Having it written out in detail and slept over it made it clear that we'll skip skiing and spend time with relatives on this trip.

 

Sorry for the noise. Mods, feel free to delete the thread.

post #3 of 10

If you can go to austria for the same price or cheaper, go to austria.

 

Tahoe is at 44% of average snowpack.  It has been under average for past 3years.    We are crossing our fingers to hope just for an "average" season let alone an a big season.

I think it's unfair to say they put no effort into grooming, especially if you're pointing at Heavenly.  In my experience, they put the most effort into grooming in the area (since they don't get as much snow).  But it's hard to groom 6inches of 2week old manmade snow on rock and gravel versus the natural snow on top of grass that you get in austria.

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Originally Posted by raytseng View Post
 

If you can go to austria for the same price or cheaper, go to austria.

 

Tahoe is at 44% of average snowpack.  It has been under average for past 3years.    We are crossing our fingers to hope just for an "average" season let alone an a big season.

I think it's unfair to say they put no effort into grooming, especially if you're pointing at Heavenly.  In my experience, they put the most effort into grooming in the area (since they don't get as much snow).  But it's hard to groom 6inches of 2week old manmade snow on rock and gravel versus the natural snow on top of grass that you get in austria.


Nope, I was comparing it with the dinky ski resort in Iowa (Seven Oaks) and what they have achieved with man made snow.  Now compare the prices between them and explain why it's unfair?

post #5 of 10

Sure makes sense for you to not go out if you have a better option. But not sure about the fair/unfair part.  Nobody's requiring that you must do it.  

It's like saying why does a beer cost $9 at a restaurant, that's not fair, when I can get it at my local dive bar for $3, or at safeway for $1.

 

It's what it is and is the market price and business strategy for the area  (there's a season pass price war going on).  There are ways to have a cheaper long term ski experiences, but if you are just on a short trip with day passes, that's the market price (for tahoe).  

If you have other options to get more value for your same $, whole heartedly encourage you to go for the other option.  You aren't getting max value at Tahoe this season over xmas for sure.  But you can still have fun and going out and may beat sitting at home if that's your other option.

 

 I'm sure all the tahoe locals would also love to scream "this is unfair" too for the past 3 years, when other areas get way more natural snow, or even enough days with below freezing temps to make snow, and cost way less.  
But it is what it is.


Edited by raytseng - 12/18/14 at 4:40pm
post #6 of 10

if you want to get a more affordable ticket at a small (beginner's) tahoe resort, that actually has been hit by decent amount snow:

http://www.rideboreal.com/winter/rates/lift-tickets

post #7 of 10

dont forget to update us on the weather conditions

post #8 of 10
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dont forget to update us on the weather conditions


??? I took my bike instead.  Great weather for rides. 

BTW, in the background are the mountains you're inquiring about. They look white.

post #9 of 10
As far as I know Austria has as season this year that's so far worse than what we have in Tahoe. This winter is decent compared to what we had in the few last years. If you wants grooming galore, go to Northstar, if you want natural snow off piste skiing ( something that may be in short supply in Iowa, I suspect) go to Squaw or Sugar Bowl.
But I'm glad you got some biking in.

Btw, there IS snow on the mountains up high. Tahoe skiing is fun if you know where to go. I'm sorry you missed on it.
post #10 of 10
Hey,

I know this reply is a little late, but had some pretty great skiing at Kirkwood a couple of weeks back. Was staying at Heavenly for 10 days which had only a few runs open then decided to skip over to Kirkwood for the last day. Really regretted not going earlier! Plenty of off-piste powder and loads of space for everyone. Some pretty challenging runs as well.
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