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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Hello All -
I expect to head to Lake Tahoe on Mar 5th - approx. Mar 15. There
will be agroup of 4 of us. We are mainly east coast skiers. 3 are
black and double black junkies, 1 is a blue/black cruiser. We seem
certain that we all want to do Squaw for 5-7 days. Any ideas on
what other resorts are appropriate for 3-5 days? We have heard
mixed reviews on Heavenly... Any input will be greatly appreciated.
Health and happiness to you all. Keep skiing!
post #2 of 17
Alpine right next door is a nice resort whilst you are at Sqaw. If you head to South Lake then Heavenly has some nice terrain especialy on the Nevada side. My favourite is Kikwood which has everything, steeps, trees, cruisers, and some great stuff on the backside, plus the drive from South Lake is stunning.
post #3 of 17
Tough call.

Squaw has so much terrain it's insane. You can ski there all season and not get bored if you can handle all the off piste stuff. The on piste is a bit limited for a mountain of that size....IMHO.
Kirkwood is great but much smaller but probably less crowed.

Heavenly has great view of the lake but Homewood and Diamond Peak supposedly have the BEST views. They are not at all crowded.

Alpine Meadows is about 10" drive from Squaw. It's gets crowded too esp on weekends so save it and Heavenly for weekdays.
post #4 of 17
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Originally Posted by panelman01
Hello All -
I expect to head to Lake Tahoe on Mar 5th - approx. Mar 15. There
will be agroup of 4 of us. We are mainly east coast skiers. 3 are
black and double black junkies, 1 is a blue/black cruiser. We seem
certain that we all want to do Squaw for 5-7 days. Any ideas on
what other resorts are appropriate for 3-5 days? We have heard
mixed reviews on Heavenly... Any input will be greatly appreciated.
Health and happiness to you all. Keep skiing!
Hey panel I will be out there for most of that same time. Thanks for the great post because I am writing down all of the opinions and will most likely do what the board thinks.
post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 

BlizBoy

Seems we will do Squaw for 4-5 days, and then South Lake for the remaining - hitting heavenly. May also squeeze in Kirkwood as a day trip. Hang on baby - this ain't Shawnee....
post #6 of 17
When we did Tahoe I was psyched for Squaw. Alpine suprised us though, we had a great time there....

Alfonse
post #7 of 17
I'd recommend the Nevada side of Heavenly and Kirkwood. IMHO, better to spend more time at Kirkwood and less at Heavenly. Have a great trip!
post #8 of 17
Heavenly and Squaw gets pretty crowded during the weekends, so ski there during the week and hit Kirkwood on the weekend. (Especially Saturday.)
I'd recommend 3~4 days at Squaw, a day at Alpine Meadows, a couple days at Heavenly, and a day or two at Kirkwood.
post #9 of 17
If you're done with your 4+ days at Squaw and want to go someplace LIKE Squaw, go to Kirkwood. Most of the lifts are slow, but you'll find boundless steep stuff and possibly some untracked especially if you're willing to hike just a little along the ridgelines. Sunrise on a good day is worth the drive alone. And in general I like Kirkwood because it's steep but is also a good antidote to the Squaw "we think the Olympics are still here" vibe.
If you want to go someplace UNLIKE Squaw, go to Heavenly. And actually even Northstar can sustain interest for a short day if you stick pretty much exclusively to the 2 backside chairs.
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by panelman01
Seems we will do Squaw for 4-5 days, and then South Lake for the remaining - hitting heavenly. May also squeeze in Kirkwood as a day trip. Hang on baby - this ain't Shawnee....
Haha oddly enough I haven't been to Shawnee (how is it?) but I have been to Utah 4 times! So I will be hanging on but loving every minute!
post #11 of 17
BTW, the sushi restaurant is Squaw village near the lifts is excellent!
post #12 of 17
I wouldn't discount going over to Sugar Bowl either. Especially if you hit it during or right after a storm.
post #13 of 17
Forget Heavenly.

Alpine is phat, and Kirkwood is worth the trip.

If it snows, the Slides at Mt. Rose would be worth a day as well.

Respect!
post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by Jim S
BTW, the sushi restaurant is Squaw village near the lifts is excellent!
Now THAT was spoken like a true Californian! May I suggest a hearty Zinfandel or Malbec to go with the steak? Sushi just doesn't stay with you after/during a hard day skiing.
post #15 of 17
They'll be 6-8 Central Oregon skiers at Tahoe the second week of March. Kirkwood,Heavenly and Alpine Meadows(free)are on the schedule.
post #16 of 17
Well its time for a meet on the mountain. Name the time and place. I have passes to Heavenly, Sierra and Kirkwood but for a large bear gathering, anything is in play.
post #17 of 17
Alpine, Kirkwood, Squaw, Sugar Bowl...even Rose for day of "The Chutes"...can't go wrong at any of them...mix it up....Squaw for 2 days is good...

Pay attention to lift reports if there's a storm with heavy winds....Rose can usually run the slide side and the chutes lifts during the storms while the other guys ALWAYS shut their upper mountain lifts down....the roads (especially the highways) in the area can be interesting when it's storming too!!!
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