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post #1 of 26
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Ok so my girlfriend and I are headed out to Lake Tahoe this Saturday for our spring break. We will be staying at the Tahoe Biltmore in North Lake Tahoe. We get in late saturday so our first day skiing will be Sunday. I am open to all suggestions except for Tuesday and Wednesday which are definite Squaw days due to the college discounts. Also if anyone could offer opinons and suggestions on everything from discount tickets to good places to eat and travel routes (we will have an suv) I would greatly appreciate it.

Sunday-Alpine Meadows
Monday-Homewood
Tuesday-Mt. Rose
Wednesday- Squaw
Thursday-Squaw
Friday-Kirkwood
Saturday-Heavenly


Thanks everyone!
post #2 of 26
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Originally Posted by Blizzboy283
Ok so my girlfriend and I are headed out to Lake Tahoe this Saturday for our spring break. We will be staying at the Tahoe Biltmore in North Lake Tahoe. We get in late saturday so our first day skiing will be Sunday. I am open to all suggestions except for Tuesday and Wednesday which are definite Squaw days due to the college discounts. Also if anyone could offer opinons and suggestions on everything from discount tickets to good places to eat and travel routes (we will have an suv) I would greatly appreciate it.

Sunday- Homewood
Monday-Diamond Peak
Tuesday- Squaw
Wednesday- Squaw
Thursday- Heavenly
Friday- Kirkwood
Saturday- Mt. Rose

Thanks everyone!
Its not an easy drive from Biltmore to Kirkwood, you may have to leave the hotel at 6:30am to get there ealy enough to call it a day. I would suggest to finish N. Tahoe first then move out of Biltmore and stay in S. Tahoe for Heavenly, Kirk and Sierra.
I would not want to waste my time with Diamond Peak if you are advanced skiers. Try Sugar Bowl its lot better, also Northstar is not too bad either. Mt. Rose has the new double diamond area open, have not tried it yet, but looking forward to.
post #3 of 26
Blizzboy, you might want to try the BC gates at Sierra. There is some unbelievable terrain in Huckelberry Canyon with minimal walking and a fair amount of traverse at the end. This area holds fresh powder for a week after a storm and is actually best several days after any significant snowfall. It is out of bounds, but gates are opened at the judgement of the patrol. Even then, partners, beacons, probes and shovels are recommended, but not required. I ski it when the avalanche risk is essentially negligible (its almost never non-existant). Sierra offers backcountry training and tours to learn about the best routes. If conditions are suitable and I can get away, would be glad to meet you. I am NOT an extreme skier but there are lots of exciting lines both in and out of bounds at Sierra that few visitors are aware of. You do have to know where the cliff bands are to ski this area within your ability. So, if you do it, be sure to have someone show you the ropes.

Read more about it backcountry tours here.

Discounts are available at REI and other locations to make the pass about $40/day.
post #4 of 26
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Originally Posted by jackwan1
Its not an easy drive from Biltmore to Kirkwood, you may have to leave the hotel at 6:30am to get there ealy enough to call it a day. I would suggest to finish N. Tahoe first then move out of Biltmore and stay in S. Tahoe for Heavenly, Kirk and Sierra.
I would not want to waste my time with Diamond Peak if you are advanced skiers. Try Sugar Bowl its lot better, also Northstar is not too bad either. Mt. Rose has the new double diamond area open, have not tried it yet, but looking forward to.
Yeah I realized that after I looked at a map after I posted this last night. I guess I will switch Diamond Peak to Sierra and then move Mt Rose to Monday. I'll then push back Kirkwood and Heavenly to Friday and Saturday and have a hotel room for friday night in south lake.

Thanks for the help!!!
post #5 of 26
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider
Blizzboy, you might want to try the BC gates at Sierra. There is some unbelievable terrain in Huckelberry Canyon with minimal walking and a fair amount of traverse at the end. This area holds fresh powder for a week after a storm and is actually best several days after any significant snowfall. It is out of bounds, but gates are opened at the judgement of the patrol. Even then, partners, beacons, probes and shovels are recommended, but not required. I ski it when the avalanche risk is essentially negligible (its almost never non-existant). Sierra offers backcountry training and tours to learn about the best routes. If conditions are suitable and I can get away, would be glad to meet you. I am NOT an extreme skier but there are lots of exciting lines both in and out of bounds at Sierra that few visitors are aware of. You do have to know where the cliff bands are to ski this area within your ability. So, if you do it, be sure to have someone show you the ropes.

Read more about it backcountry tours here.

Discounts are available at REI and other locations to make the pass about $40/day.
Thanks once again Cirque! I will take your advice and it would be great to meet a bear out in Tahoe. Let me know what days are good for you and we can work around that. The gf can handle a lot of terrain but she needs to take her time. She handled the double blacks at Snowbird so I'm assuming this will be okay for her then? I'm excited to try out my new Volant Machete FB's!

Thanks again and let me know what is good for you.
post #6 of 26
Skip Daimond Peak. Sierra is also a huge schlep from the Biltmore. As long or longer than Kirkwood. Try Alpine or Sugar Bowl.

Homewood is also kind of so-so. On a pow day it's really nice, but otherwise its not as good as Alpine or Sugar Bowl.

Also...Alpine Tix are 39.00 every day.
post #7 of 26
You might want to check out slidingonthecheap.com for all sorts of lift ticket deals. Homewood has a $10 coupon for Mon-Thur that makes it only $15 for a lift ticket. Also Kirkwood has a great student ticket price for full time students ($39 Saturday, $29 all other days) but you need to bring your transcript or some sort of certification from your school (check their website for details).
post #8 of 26
I have not skied any of them since 97 but in my experience you will be disappointed if you miss Alpine Meadows and Sugar Bowl. Great skiing, good ambience and lots of locals.


Cheers
post #9 of 26
One more thing, that is the worst case scenario. On a real POW day, the 89 is closed for AC work and it will take you around 3-4 hours driving from N. Tahoe to S. Tahoe through the other side. So if the S. Tahoe trip is on weekdays I would not committ myself with a S. Tahoe hotel. There is plenty of hotel rooms in S. Tahoe on a weekday and if you have to stay in N. Tahoe, there is no one breaking down Biltmore's door either. BTW, the buffet at Biltmore.... I don't like it, but it is cheap and filling.
post #10 of 26
yeah, i'd toss out homewood and diamond peak for 2 days at alpine meadows; unless the girlfirend likes pretty views; then keep homewood.
post #11 of 26
Rose has "Two-fer-Tuesday" (2 for 1) and Thursday is ladies day (I think $19 for the misses)..

My take on the resorts Kirkwood, Squaw, Alpine, Rose, Sugarbowl, Heavenly - in that order...never been to Sierra or Northstar but I hear their quite "intermediate".

Temps are supposed to warm big time starting this weekend....should be spring skiing at least until mid-week (though our weather forecasts like to change)!! Bring the sunscreen!!
post #12 of 26
Do Homewood for a day: the views are spectacular.

It's not a difficult mountain so save it for the end of the trip when your quads are begging for mercy. Or even half a day as it's about 15 minutes from Alpine Meadows and 25 minutes from Squaw.
post #13 of 26
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Based on the advice of others, I switched my schedule to this:

Sunday-Alpine Meadows
Monday-Homewood
Tuesday-Mt. Rose
Wednesday- Squaw
Thursday-Squaw
Friday-Kirkwood
Saturday-Heavenly

let me know what you think, thanks!
post #14 of 26
I live really close to Rose. It's a great local mountain. I love it. The Chutes are great. But if you aren't going to ski them, then I'd skip Rose if you are Tahoe visitor. It's out of the way from Tahoe City and South Lake and the views aren't any better than Squaw: amazing but not like Homewood or Heavenly's views. Again, my opinion.

You can get as steep but not as chute-like off KT-22 at Squaw either in the GS bowl or off the 'other' side @ Johnny Moseley's run.
post #15 of 26
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Originally Posted by Jim S
I live really close to Rose. It's a great local mountain. I love it. The Chutes are great. But if you aren't going to ski them, then I'd skip Rose if you are Tahoe visitor. It's out of the way from Tahoe City and South Lake and the views aren't any better than Squaw: amazing but not like Homewood or Heavenly's views. Again, my opinion.

You can get as steep but not as chute-like off KT-22 at Squaw either in the GS bowl or off the 'other' side @ Johnny Moseley's run.
Oh I definitely plan to ski the chutes at Rose, it's the reason I'm going there! I also picked tuesday since its 2-for-1 day.

Thanks!
post #16 of 26
Come on Jim S - don't be dissing the views at Rose...

The views of the Washoe Valley from Rose is INCREDIBLE (IMO way better than the views at Squaw)....where else do you get to look down 5,000 ft (yes 5,000 ft!) to a shimmering desert lake with brown and white striped mountains across the way!!!
post #17 of 26
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Originally Posted by Blizzboy283
Oh I definitely plan to ski the chutes at Rose, it's the reason I'm going there! I also picked tuesday since its 2-for-1 day.

Thanks!
Smart man. You've done your homework !

If you are going for the Chutes or Rose in general, I would encourage you to go to the East Bowl entrance (about 1/3 mi past the main entrance if you are coming from Incline/Lake Tahoe) and not the main Mt Rose entrance.

Park right in front of the lift. That way you can have a 10 second walk to the ticket office and then ski right to your car at the end of the day. Also, that lift opens at 8:30 while the peak Magnum lift opens at 9:00 at the main Rose entrance.

Of course, check local road conditions before you head anywhere in the morning. It would suck to drive to Rt 431 and find it closed.



Non sequitir food:
Sushi: if you like it, the sushi restaurant in Squaw Village, Mamasaki or whatever, has some of the best and most unique rolls I've ever had.

After skiing Mt Rose, if you head down 431 to Incline, make a Lt, then about 1 mi make a Rt on Country Club Blvd and drive down to the lake you can dine at the Lone Eagle: awesome views, very fine food, on a romantic sandy white pristine beach with fire pits and a long pier to stroll on.
post #18 of 26
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Originally Posted by X-EastCoaster
Come on Jim S - don't be dissing the views at Rose...

The views of the Washoe Valley from Rose is INCREDIBLE (IMO way better than the views at Squaw)....where else do you get to look down 5,000 ft (yes 5,000 ft!) to a shimmering desert lake with brown and white striped mountains across the way!!!
Good point. I recant my statements.

Also, if you look down from the East bowl and I look up from my land, I can see you cruising down!
post #19 of 26
Bring the sunscreen Blizz. Temps are progged to be near record levels next week while you are here, in the 50s - 60s on the mountain with clear sunny sky. Temperatures in excess of 70 F are forecast for the lake elevation by Wednesday. This will bring great spring conditions on the very deep base that exists, but forget powder for the week. Be sure to bring a shell type jacket that you can lose layers easily and ventilate.
post #20 of 26
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Originally Posted by Jim S
Smart man. You've done your homework !

If you are going for the Chutes or Rose in general, I would encourage you to go to the East Bowl entrance (about 1/3 mi past the main entrance if you are coming from Incline/Lake Tahoe) and not the main Mt Rose entrance.

Park right in front of the lift. That way you can have a 10 second walk to the ticket office and then ski right to your car at the end of the day. Also, that lift opens at 8:30 while the peak Magnum lift opens at 9:00 at the main Rose entrance.

Of course, check local road conditions before you head anywhere in the morning. It would suck to drive to Rt 431 and find it closed.



Non sequitir food:
Sushi: if you like it, the sushi restaurant in Squaw Village, Mamasaki or whatever, has some of the best and most unique rolls I've ever had.

After skiing Mt Rose, if you head down 431 to Incline, make a Lt, then about 1 mi make a Rt on Country Club Blvd and drive down to the lake you can dine at the Lone Eagle: awesome views, very fine food, on a romantic sandy white pristine beach with fire pits and a long pier to stroll on.
Thanks so much for your help JimS, I will heed your advice.


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Originally Posted by Cirquerider
Bring the sunscreen Blizz. Temps are progged to be near record levels next week while you are here, in the 50s - 60s on the mountain with clear sunny sky. Temperatures in excess of 70 F are forecast for the lake elevation by Wednesday. This will bring great spring conditions on the very deep base that exists, but forget powder for the week. Be sure to bring a shell type jacket that you can lose layers easily and ventilate.
Figures, just my luck to have insanely warm temps, ugh!

I just bought a brand new pair of Volant Machete FB's for this trip. It looks like I shouldn't even bring them.
post #21 of 26
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Originally Posted by Blizzboy283
Figures, just my luck to have insanely warm temps, ugh!

I just bought a brand new pair of Volant Machete FB's for this trip. It looks like I shouldn't even bring them.
I'd definitely bring 'em. The weather guru's are often wrong. In addition, I find "fat" skis are often the best choice for sloppy spring snow.

It it gets warm and the snowpack is deep (as it is at Tahoe now), powder technique sometimes works best.

We're headed down on the 18th, and I'm bringing my M:EX's.
post #22 of 26
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Originally Posted by Captain_Strato
I'd definitely bring 'em. The weather guru's are often wrong. In addition, I find "fat" skis are often the best choice for sloppy spring snow.

It it gets warm and the snowpack is deep (as it is at Tahoe now), powder technique sometimes works best.

We're headed down on the 18th, and I'm bringing my M:EX's.
Okay I'll take your word for it, and your right the weather guru's can be wrong (which I'm praying for )
post #23 of 26
Weather Guru: what a superb oxymoron.


Don't count on 'em at all, even 48 hours out from the predicted weather.
post #24 of 26
I think the weather will be great, but you should at least bring a supply of wax. You really don't want to pay of on-the-mountain wax roll-on. Today was beautiful with sunny skies and the snow held up very well. Still some fresh shots in the trees, molguls soft, and groomers fast. If Saturday at Heavenly is for sure, I will be glad to meet you there. AE will also be there. He is an instructor at Boston Mills Ohio and skis out here a lot. Easiest way to find him is at the opening bell at the tram. See the Tahoe meet on the hill thread to see a description.

Anyway, I will ski Heavenly next Saturday. Provide a description of yourself and I will try to find you.
post #25 of 26
I'd switch Heavenly and Kirkwood: Friday-Heavenly, Saturday-Kirkwood.

Heavenly can get really crowded on Saturdays. Kirkwood, being less accessible, tends to be less crowded.
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