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Squaw got it going on ! 4 days, 51 inches !

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
Have gotten 51" at 8200 feet since 3-19. Should be plenty of powder for easter weekend if everybody and their brother doesnt get there before you can !

http://www.squaw.com/winter/snowfall.html

and more to come:


Severe Weather Alert from the National Weather Service...GREATER LAKE TAHOE AREA- 414 AM PST TUE MAR 22 2005 ... WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM PST THIS EVENING... SNOW AND WIND GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THIS EVENING. WIND GUSTS OVER RIDGES WILL BE AS HIGH AS 100 MPH. SNOW LEVELS NEAR 6500 FEET WILL DROP TO ALL VALLEY FLOORS BY LATE MORNING. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 12 TO 18 INCHES WILL OCCUR AT LAKE LEVEL WITH 2 TO 3 FEET ABOVE 7000 FEET.

UPDATED:
6 DAYS, 79 INCHES ! : HOLY COW ! :
Can you say gaper road rage on I-80 to Tahoe on friday ? I thought so.
post #2 of 23

WooHoo! We're headin' up

gotta love spring skiing in freshies!
post #3 of 23
Now, if they'd just turn the wind off so we could get up to all that fresh snow
post #4 of 23
Hey Dino- where do you usually stay? Any recomendations on somewhere decent yet affordable? I was thinking Peppertree or Tahoe City Inn, although they are STILL $130!

I was just running the numbers and this is going to hurt. For my wife and I it'll be about $430 for 3 days lodging + tax, ~200 for lifts and parking, ~125 for gas, $60 for demos, and ~200 for food and miscelenaous expenses. That is about 250 per person per ski day! Any ideas on how to cheapen it up some?

Regardless, even at $1000, I miss skiing too much to not go. I'll definitely be there this weekend!
post #5 of 23
on my way, save a little.
post #6 of 23
For lodging/ticket deals:

http://www.slidingonthecheap.com/

-Karl
post #7 of 23
que? What do you mean by that, ryan?

There were some decent lift ticket deals there, but I already have some decent deals for me at Squaw (though not for my wife). The real killer is the lodging!
post #8 of 23

Lodging & other costs - a little help from friends

Carve - I know what you mean. BTW: I don't particularly care for the snowplow out back of Pepperwood in any case. If you stay down around King's Beach there are a couple of less expensive joints that are OK to crash at. I've stayed at the Franciscan or the Crown in years past & found them OK, and much cheaper. Cal-Neva & the Biltmore are a little more. Check out www.tripadvisor.com & read the reviews on places.

Our trick is that we don't always have to pay for lodging because we have several sets of friends with places in Incline or Agate Bay, or we go up in larger groups & get condos/homes. Also, sometimes we drive up Saturday morning to save 1 night's lodging or stay Thursday or Sunday night.

For instance, for 6 days in skiing in February we paid for 3 nights: one weekend at Incline with friends (free) ; one weekend at River Ranch ($115 on Thurs. night, $145 Sat.); and drove up on Saturday from Marin & stayed only Sat night. ($145). On a clear morning it takes about 3 hours from Marin to Truckee.

This weekend we're staying at River Ranch again (BTW: free continental breakfast by the river is nice). Next weekend my wife is out of town, so I may stay in Reno (which is cheap) & ski Mt. Rose or shuttle back/forth from my cousin's place in Folsom & hit Sugar Bowl. Or, maybe our friends will hit Incline again and since I'm solo, I can crash on their sofa....

Skis? I usually buy last years model for about $400 with bindings, ski it a season or two, and flip it in good condition to friends for about $250. That's pretty cheap per day.

Tickets? Snowbomb card gets me one free and discounts. Or I get them from REI. Or, friends have corporates.

Services? Snowbomb = free waxes, reduced demo costs (one or two free days, if I'm curious), free tune.

Gas? Subaru - 4 cylinder AWD wagon.

Food? Uh, we tend to splurge here, but bring our own wine & pay corkage.

so it goes....
post #9 of 23
wow

i'm SO jealous.
post #10 of 23
Yeah...I guess my problem is I just live too damn far away. Ever see the movie "Sideways"? That is roughly where I live. It is about 460 miles / 8 hours to get to Tahoe, so that makes for extra nights lodging, difficulty meeting friends up there, more gas, and infrequent enough trips to justify getting a frequent-skiier card (is that what "snowbomb" is?). Man...I need to live somewhere with a more "local" ski area!

Right now I can get free tickets at Squaw though, since I'm in the military. It doesn't apply to Saturdays though.

Hey...if anybody here wants to get together for a little Tahoe Barking Bear party to share lodging costs (condo?) midweek sometime I'd always be up for that! Does that ever happen here?

I'll have to check out that River Ranch place. It looks kind of spendy though. So the Peppertree has a bunch of noise in the morning, eh? What about the Tahoe city inn?

Hopefully I'll find some skis I like so I can look for an end-of-season deal. Definitely the way to go (I broke my old skis a couple of months ago).
post #11 of 23
Storm totals for Sugarbowl so as of 5:00 March 23rd.

Elevation 6,883' 24 hrs=6 inches storm total 48 inches base depth 10.5 feet
Elevation 8,383' 24 hrs=10 inches storm total 62 inches Base depth 12.5 feet
post #12 of 23

Carve - Try looking here

Hey, River Ranch is cool with us, but you're right; it isn't cheap. Here, if you hit the links & look at the most popular hotels in each city, and read the reviews, you'll find some level of comfort with descriptions/prices before you book a place. Good luck.

[Funny, I hope the links turn out; they look different on the preview than in the text I'm typing. If they don't, just input Kings Beach, Tahoe City, Crystal Bay, and Tahoe Vista into a search on tripadvisor.com]

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g...Vacations.html

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g...Vacations.html

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g4...da-Hotels.html

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g...Vacations.html

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g...Vacations.html
post #13 of 23
Damn! It is supposed to rain on Sunday
post #14 of 23

May not be so bad

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/data/forecas...7&city=Truckee

Looks OK to me! (he said, just like Jack from Sideways)

If you're concerned, hit Mt. Rose; it has a higher elevation.
post #15 of 23
Thread Starter 
UPDATING SQUAW'S NEW STORM TOTAL:

6 DAYS, 79 INCHES ! : HOLY COW ! :

Can you say gaper road rage on I-80 to Tahoe on friday ? I thought so.
post #16 of 23
Damn! That is probably more than Mt. Hood has had all year!

Hopefully they won't force me to buy chains this weekend! (already have 4wd with M/S tires)
post #17 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by carve
Hopefully they won't force me to buy chains this weekend! (already have 4wd with M/S tires)
You'll be fine, the roads will be clear this weekend. One thing good about Caltrain is they plow fast. Maybe they know that California people can't drive in the snow (nor rain) :

If you have 4wd and M/S tires you are pretty much can go through all the check points.

Have fun. I'll be up there tomorrow morning .. woohoo


....
post #18 of 23
Hey...I just called the demo shop at Squaw, and they don't carry Metron B-5's. Anybody know anywhere near Squaw/Tahoe City where I could try out a pair?
post #19 of 23

Dunno, but try Dave's

Dave's has a good selection
post #20 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by carve
Hey...I just called the demo shop at Squaw, and they don't carry Metron B-5's. Anybody know anywhere near Squaw/Tahoe City where I could try out a pair?
Did you call Granite Chief at Squaw or in Truckee? Also there is a shop on the way to Sugar Bowl called Java Sports (I think?) and I know that he carries Atomic.
Should be great skiing!
post #21 of 23
No worries about chains with 4WD. I have a Subaru Forester, don't have chains, never have been asked at the checkpoints, they always just wave me through.
post #22 of 23
carve, I just stayed at the Cal-Neva, where a midweek pkg is $79 per person, double occupancy, including ski tix to alpine, etc. [$15 extra for Squaw], w free shuttles to most areas [Squaw's shuttle needs a 24 hr advance rez]. Weekends are more, but still a good deal. Brew pub next door, & across the st. at the Tahoe Biltmore, prime rib dinner for $7.50.... And for more upscale fare, behind the Biltmore, try the Soule Connection. I had excellent fresh halibut--

Re: chains: Nevada's laws are more lax. 4WD is chain exempt. Enjoy!

www.calnevaresort.com

If it's windy, try Homewood; tix only $25 & you can take TART, the local bus & save $5 on ski tx.
post #23 of 23
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over 100" in 11 days ! 8200' at 352 on 3-19, 353 on 3-30 !

http://www.squaw.com/winter/snowfall.html
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