|Originally posted by quadride:
Tahoe seems to have plenty of bright lights, but, if you are looking for a ski town atmosphere where is the place to be?? Truckee??
Hopefully we'll get some replies. For me, I like Tahoe a lot
, but one of the things it lacks is the atmosphere of: Telluride (totally rocks) Aspen, Breckenridge, Crested Butte, Sun Valley, Durango, Park City, etc., and on the Right Coast, Stowe, Bethel, Jackson, Ludlow, Stratton, Killington, Sugarloaf, Waitsfield...in other words, it lacks a center. Maybe it's why we still do trips to these areas, because, otherwise, the skiing in Tahoe is awesome.
It amazes me that it has taken so long for Heavenly and Squaw to build what they are building now...a base village, but it's really some attempt at a center (but there are
environmental concerns for Tahoe, and these are well taken).
But still...where is the center of action? And hey, c'mon, not the casinos. Don't get me wrong, I like that, but my question is with quadride. Where do the skiers go? (and don't say Vail!!!)
The only thing I can say is that on the north shore we hit the good microbrewery up there, and on the south shore there is a really good pub across from the new Heavenly gondola. They know
how to pour Guinness. In Tahoe city there is a bar with good bands. But no center of action that I can see. Truckee is a neat town, have eaten there a lot, but not sure of what's there as a ski town atmosphere.
One of the things I see is that there are many places. It you look at Northstar, there is the base village there with a good bar...it's nice. Then there is Squaw/Alpine/Tahoe City. Squaw will have more to do when the base village is complete. Alpine is just Alpine...a fabulous place to ski, with a good on mountain bar, great people, but then it's to Tahoe City. Things seem to be decentralized compared to other resorts.
One thing is fer sure about Tahoe, as quadride asks, it's not clear where to go. But the skiing is sure kick-ass.
I dunno. You could ask, "How can you get 15,000 acres of in-bounds skiing in an area (in the US...Europe is way different), surrounding an incredible lake at 6000 feet, and still have one ski town?". And that doesn't even include Kirkwood, Sierra-at-Tahoe and Mt. Rose, let alone the other areas like Sugarbowl.