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Tahoe or Mammoth

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Hi,

I am going to be in Vegas for a couple of weeks in January for a work conference. While most are complaining that it is winter, I couldn't be happier about it as I can have a quick ski before heading home to Aus. I was thinking of renting a car and driving from Vegas to Mammoth or Tahoe for a few days. I have searched through these forums and both areas get good reviews, so the decision is really about which will be easiest, as I will be driving on my own.

Thanks for your help
post #2 of 17
Mammouth Is much closer and as a side note you can drive through Death Valley on the way (A nice day trip)!
On the flip side you could fly to Reno real cheap and easy. Probably faster and cheaper to get to Tahoe? But both are a good \easy getaways from Vegas.
Also There is an OK? Ski area near Vegas (Mt. Charleston)
post #3 of 17
I am going to South Tahoe this year. How far a drive is Mammoth? Can I make it a day trip if possible?
post #4 of 17
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Originally Posted by Ullr
I am going to South Tahoe this year. How far a drive is Mammoth? Can I make it a day trip if possible?
It's 200 easy miles from Tahoe to Mammoth. 395 all the way with great scenary.

It's also an easy flight from Vegas to SLC. Something for the OP to consider.
post #5 of 17
My vote would be for mammoth. IMO mammoth is better than any tahoe area resorts. Mammoth is pretty ferakin awesome
post #6 of 17
I'd vote Mammoth purely for snow quality and terain. If your really into skiing and nothing else matters, go to Mammoth. Otherwise theres lots to do in Tahoe in addition to skiing.
post #7 of 17
It is only 200 miles or so from Vegas to Brianhead Utah. Check out www.brianhead.com. Much smaller that Mammoth or Heavenly but has higher base alt. and can be really good with no crowds.
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by steelman
It is only 200 miles or so from Vegas to Brianhead Utah. Check out www.brianhead.com. Much smaller that Mammoth or Heavenly but has higher base alt. and can be really good with no crowds.
Good point, Sometimes they have the good conditions when others do-not, But it is a long boring drive for a smaller area? I have never been there but have heard mixed reviews
post #9 of 17
See where the snow is best and make up your mind when you arrive. After several days in Vegas the bright lights of Reno or Tahoe are probably not going to be such an attraction. Drive to Mammoth, or fly to Reno/Tahoe (and yes, if all else fails you can even fly to SLC).
post #10 of 17
I would say Mammoth if you are driving from Las Vegas. Tahoe has great skiing, but I'm partial to Mammoth (size matters). As another said the drive across Death Valley is awesome and there are at least two different routes.
post #11 of 17
Tahoe to Mammoth is about 2-1/2 hours depending on road conditions if you leave from South Lake; from North side I'd say at least 3 hours drive


Flight to Reno from Vegas 45 minutes and prettycheap; Reno to various mountains between 25 and 1 hour drive on average, excluding Kirkwood
post #12 of 17
Brianhead is flat, unless you are willing to do some climbing, then you get maybe 300 ft of decent skiing.

If you are heading up to Bhead you should just drive the extra 3.5 hours to SLC to get some great skiing
post #13 of 17
Thread Starter 
Hi Guys,

Thanks for some good feedback... sounds like it could be Mammoth... I know Utah is not far away, but I managed to have a week there earlier this year... on my hardpack tour of Canada and the US, hence I'm keen to try something different. Seems to be to wait to see where the snow is best. By booking so late don't things like accom and travel costs such as flights get more expensive over there? I know if I do that at home its going to cost me a fortune... remember one of my dollars buys less than 75c over there at the moment and no doubt will be worse next year. Any thoughts on the cheapest way to get from Vegas to Mammoth and from Mammoth back to LA? While renting a car is an option, I am open to buses etc.
post #14 of 17
check the Mammoth Mountain Web site forum for links and tips. There is some very helpful peaple there and ground transportation is a common topic.
post #15 of 17

One more site on Mammoth!

www.mammoth-snowman.com

post #16 of 17

I am reviving this post although my situation is a little bit different.  Our original plan was go use the Interval International timeshare for Tahoe Marriott Timberlodge this Feb to ski Heavenly and Kirkwood (we are intermediate to advance ability except for the wives who are beginners and will be in lessons). I was wondering if we don't get the timeshare if we should look at mammoth (I have to see if Interval has units over there).  We are flying into reno and will have a full size SUV.

 

What do you think?

post #17 of 17

If you already have flights booked to Reno, then Mammoth is a longer (but not impossible) drive.  Given your abilities, I would opt for Tahoe- besides good skiing, there is a beautiful lake and more to do at night.  If the timeshare falls through, rooms can be reasonably priced during the week but a bit higher on the weekends.  The Heavenly beginner area is a bit limited, but the wives will probably appreciate it if you stay near the Stateline gondola as it goes almost right there.   

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