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Newbie looking for guidance in Tahoe for self and gf to learn to ski

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hi, my GF and I would like to learn to ski.  I live in the San Francisco East Bay so I'm assuming Tahoe is the place to go.  I don't want to make this too complicated, but just wanted good guidance on a reasonably close resort we could spend a day or two and take some beginner lessons and dip our toes into the snow world.  We are thinking to head out on Superbowl Sunday because the roads will be low traffic I think if we time it right, and then come back on Tuesday afternoon, so we have one and a half ski days.  Thinking that Monday and Tuesday will be slower so we can have more time on the slopes.  Does that make sense? 

Should I just show up and get a package with skis and lessons, or should I hunt something down online?  What are peoples' experiences?  What are good price points to expect?  

We're in reasonably good physical shape but I'm sure we'll be hilariously awful at this, which will be part of the fun.  

Apologies if this is a FAQ -- I didn't see it listed in the FAQ I looked at.  

Thanks!  

 

-- Rich 

post #2 of 12
Try boreal's 123 program
Pretty cost effective and comes with gear
At the end of it you get a season pass and can add on unlimited rentals
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

Nice, that looks good.  Appreciate the fast response.  Do you agree that the crowds on a Monday are much lighter than on a Sunday? When are the peak days for skiers?  I'm assuming it's the weekend, like for Yosemite hikes.  

post #4 of 12
Any non holiday weekday will be slower
EXCEPT during ski skate week after Presidents' Day
Look to go up when no snow is in the forecast also
It's better for beginners to not learn in powder conditions not having to deal with weather related issues such as being wet
post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by wealthychef View Post
 

Hi, my GF and I would like to learn to ski.  I live in the San Francisco East Bay so I'm assuming Tahoe is the place to go.  I don't want to make this too complicated, but just wanted good guidance on a reasonably close resort we could spend a day or two and take some beginner lessons and dip our toes into the snow world.  We are thinking to head out on Superbowl Sunday because the roads will be low traffic I think if we time it right, and then come back on Tuesday afternoon, so we have one and a half ski days.  Thinking that Monday and Tuesday will be slower so we can have more time on the slopes.  Does that make sense? 

Should I just show up and get a package with skis and lessons, or should I hunt something down online?  What are peoples' experiences?  What are good price points to expect?  

We're in reasonably good physical shape but I'm sure we'll be hilariously awful at this, which will be part of the fun.  

Apologies if this is a FAQ -- I didn't see it listed in the FAQ I looked at.  

Thanks!  

 

-- Rich 


Welcome to EpicSki!  Can't help with specific resort suggestions, but have you might find the Beginner Tips thread useful.

 

http://www.epicski.com/a/tips-for-beginning-skiers

 

A package deal with lift ticket, rentals, and lessons is usually a good deal.  January is Learn-To-Ski month so there are some special deals available.  In the northeast and southeast, some places have deals that involved multiple lessons and at the end of the process the beginner gets a new pair of skis.

 

How you are set for cold weather clothing?  Warm gloves and good ski socks make for a better ski day.

post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 

thanks for the welcome and the link to the newbie FAQ.  I did look at that and saw some good ideas there.  I actually have been to snowboard a couple times, so I'm not totally new to snow sports, but my GF is from Thailand so i will be sure to warn her about things like clothing etc.  I mainly wanted to know about resorts and schedules I guess and any words of wisdom.  Thanks for your ideas, they are excellent.  

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Originally Posted by wealthychef View Post
 

thanks for the welcome and the link to the newbie FAQ.  I did look at that and saw some good ideas there.  I actually have been to snowboard a couple times, so I'm not totally new to snow sports, but my GF is from Thailand so i will be sure to warn her about things like clothing etc.  I mainly wanted to know about resorts and schedules I guess and any words of wisdom.  Thanks for your ideas, they are excellent.  


Ah, good to know.

 

Paging @jgiddyup .  He has done very well turning his wife from Asia into an avid skier in the last 5-10 years.  I remember he did a trip report for Tahoe a while back.

 

If you are willing to do beginner lessons together, go for it the first time or two.  After that, follow her lead if she would rather do a lesson separately.  Even if it's an extra group lesson in the afternoon when you two have done a group lesson in the morning.  Some adult beginners prefer group settings, others learn best with a private lesson.  All depends on their personality and learning style.

post #8 of 12
Try mount rose. A great beginner package program and you can get hotel deals in reno
post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 

Great, thanks for the helpful advice!  Much appreciated.  

post #10 of 12
on the value end, for 2 beginners Diamond Peak is really great. Beginner lift tickets are only $34 a day. You are only allowed on the beginner trails but that is probably where you would have been anyway.

You can rent your ski package from sportsbasement before you go for 2-5 days rental, that saves $ and also a lot of time at the resort to measure/rent/etc etc. you are basically ready to go as if you had your equipment.

if you are also doing group lessons every day tho, boreal's 123 program really can't be beat value wise.
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by wealthychef View Post

Hi, my GF and I would like to learn to ski.  I live in the San Francisco East Bay so I'm assuming Tahoe is the place to go.  I don't want to make this too complicated, but just wanted good guidance on a reasonably close resort we could spend a day or two and take some beginner lessons and dip our toes into the snow world.  We are thinking to head out on Superbowl Sunday because the roads will be low traffic I think if we time it right, and then come back on Tuesday afternoon, so we have one and a half ski days.  Thinking that Monday and Tuesday will be slower so we can have more time on the slopes.  Does that make sense? 
Should I just show up and get a package with skis and lessons, or should I hunt something down online?  What are peoples' experiences?  What are good price points to expect?  
We're in reasonably good physical shape but I'm sure we'll be hilariously awful at this, which will be part of the fun.  
Apologies if this is a FAQ -- I didn't see it listed in the FAQ I looked at.  
Thanks!  

-- Rich 
Try out Sierra at Tahoe's learn to ride package- best price if bought on line = $49 includes lesson and lift ticket. Friendly and fun employees and atmosphere. Great mountain, instructors and closer to bay area.Go to sierraattahoe.com you won't be disappointed.
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 

thanks, we were already planning now to go to Sierra at Tahoe, but will look at Diamond.  The thing Sierra has is convenience for sure. Here in fact is our plan for a chill Sun-Mon-Tue: 

 

Leave by 11am
Check into Heavenly Valley Lodge on Sunday afternoon at 3pm.  
Lesson 1 Monday morning at Sierra at Tahoe for $49, then a leisurely afternoon with sightseeing etc.  
Lesson 2 Tuesday morning at Heavenly for $175 each with lift pass and equipment since it's 5 min from our hotel
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