I'm bringing a group with various abilities (intermediate to advanced) to Squaw/Alpine and it will be our first trip to the area. I had a few specific questions about our trip, and am happy to hear any other advice from those familiar with these resorts. I've been wanted to plan a trip out there for years and have been waiting out the drought, I'm very happy to see the conditions have been looking up this season!
- We'll be skiing 4 days and I'm trying to plan out our approach. The simplest thought is to spend 2 days at Squaw, 2 days at Alpine. Is Alpine large enough for 2 days or should I plan on spending one day commuting to another nearby resort, or doing a third day at Squaw?
- We're skiing on a Sun - Wed and want to minimize crowds as much as possible. I'm assuming Squaw is more crowded than Alpine in general, and that of our days on the slopes Sun will be the most crowded. My initial thought would be to spend Sun at Alpine, Mon & Tues at Squaw, and Wed at whichever we liked better. Of course, powder or high winds resulting in lift holds would cause us to adjust on the fly. I'm almost positive we'll want to spend at least 2 full days at Squaw somehow.
- If we decide to spend 1 day away from Squaw/Alpine, which nearby resort do you suggest (under 1 hour drive)
- Do you have ski rental shop recommendations? It looks like Tahoe Dave's has the best prices. I do rent demos, so I typically prefer a shop at the base so I can easily swap skis if needed. Also, a shop that is located at the base of both Alpine and Squaw would be ideal for daily ski check and easy drop off at the end of our last day, regardless of which mountain we are at.
- Any suggested dining and/or Apres watering holes?
- Is 4WD needed for the drive from Reno? We'll likely be renting cars, trying to determine if I can get away with a large 2WD passenger van instead of 2 large 4WD SUVs.
- Are there any discounted lift tickets for sale in the area other than buying in advance direct from Squaw/Alpine? They offer a 4 pack that is pretty reasonably priced.
Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.