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Beginning/Intermediate group @ lower priced ski resort [in Tahoe]

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

Hi,

So I just went up to Northstar this past weekend and it was AMAZING. Since it will be a good season this year,  I'm putting another group together to head back in a few weeks. I would consider myself an intermediate skier while my friends are a bit more on the beginner side. I'd like to find an awesome place that we can go to. 

 

What I'm looking for:
- Cheap lift tickets: between the $50-70 range
- Good variety: decent amount of blues and greens with variation in terrain

 

Bonus:
- Fun atmosphere: I don't need anything snooty like free champagne or s'mores @ 2 (northstar...) but a good vibe would be appreciated. Also not a place with TOO many families / children because I have a fear of plowing into them. 

 

So far I've looked into Borreal, Tahoe Donner, Donner Ski Ranch, Diamond Peak, and Homewood. Any standouts between those, or any other suggestions? 

 

Thanks,

Sylvie

post #2 of 6

for beginners, boreal is just about where every kid from the bay area started...

If folks need lessons, the take3 lesson program can't be beat for price.

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

Hmmm, do you think it mostly has kids there then? And also - wouldn't you say it has enough for intermediate level? 

 

Thanks!

post #4 of 6
Homewood seems to fit all of your qualifications..
post #5 of 6

Soda Springs is another small, cheap suggestion, right around the Donner area. Diamond Peak, NE of the lake, is a bit out of the way from the other areas you mentioned. Boreal can be a toss-up, depending on what exactly you're looking for. Half of the front side of the mountain is terrain parks, so you often get lots and lots of park rats speeding down the groomers, since the designated beginner areas aren't separated too well from the terrain parks. If your buddies can ski more intermediate-ish runs, then you should be fine avoiding the terrain areas.

post #6 of 6
Donner Ski Ranch is a good place too. I usuallg take my kids or beginners skiers there the first couple times. Price is cheap and parking is right outside of the lifts.
If you're heading South, Sierra Tahoe is another one. You can get lift tickets cheaper via Liftopia.com
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