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Reno to Lk. Tahoe transportation?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
If I can get a good vacation deal to stay at Reno's Sands Regency Hotel Casino for 3 days, what would be the cheapest 3-day roundtrip transportation service to Lk. Tahoe -- Heavenly? I see, I can take the SouthTahoeExpress buses, from their airport, for $40 per round trip = $120 for the 3 days. No; I am looking for something a lot less.

Online, I'm getting better prices for air+hotel to Reno, than air+hotel to Lake Tahoe. So, that's why I'm trying to figure that out.

Any ideas?

Thanks.
post #2 of 16
Google Reno Sands Shuttle Squaw.

There are shuttles that leave every day to squaw, and alpine.

From the hotel.
post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thanks

Jed, yes: thanks.

That really helps and maybe it is changing my plans. With the cheap shuttle to Squa(30miles away), ($10 roundtrip) I'll go to Squa instead and will save about $100-150 in skiing there for 3 days ($43/day with student ID), rather than $40 roundtrip to Heavenly (40miles away) ($192 3-day ski lift).

Yet, I still might try to make it to Heavenly on a Thursday for the Day+Night skiing, to try out.

Why such a drastic difference in the shuttle fee to Squa and Heavenly? From Heavenly's website -- they don't offer anything else to Reno, but the $40 roundtrip. I am new to ski resort understanding; is Heavenly the equivalent to expensive celebrity overcrowded resorts? ..I've only skied twice in the US: in Massachusetts and N. Carolina, but was interested in the big name resorts.
post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 
Are Squaw Valley and Heavenly the top Lk. Tahoe resorts? If I am going to ski on these two in 3 days (Tue-Thur), m'I going to miss not trying the rest: Northstar, Alpine Meadows, Mt. Rose, Kirkwood and Sierra?

*Thursday -- Heavenly -- day+night skiing for the same day ticket pricing.
post #5 of 16
Check out the deals at the Cal-Neva resort in Tahoe, hotel + ski tix at several areas, with free bus from the hotel. You can gamble a bit, and cash in on cheap casino buffets too-- We skied both Squaw & Alpine, both enjoyable. We rented a car to get to Tahoe from Reno.
post #6 of 16
well, the consensus here would probably be squaw,kirkwood and alpine as the top 3 skiers mountains and squaw, kirkwood and heavenly as the top 3 to ski in terms on publicity,size,well known, etc.

if i were you, as it seems you want to ski a lot of mounatins; but not spend a lot; i would take the bus from the airport to south lake tahoe and stay there. you can get rooms $75 or under that are okay - roomsintahoe.com and a walk to anything you need/groceries or want to go to/casinos.
then, take the $5 bus to kirkwood one day and the bus to squaw $10 the next and walk over to heavenly. the bus info is on their sites. only catch is you gotta catch the bus out around 8am.
post #7 of 16

Reno=Tahoe

Hi James, Alternatives to Reno. NORTH TAHOE. Check out the Tahoe Biltmore Hotel and Casino on line. This hotel casino in across from Cal Neva. They have daily Cheap shuttles to Northstar, Alpine, Squaw, Diamond Peak and Mt. Rose. You can eat really cheap at the Biltmore, i.e., steak dinner 5.99, all you can eat sphagetti 3.99, breakfast for 1.99 for hotel guests. Also good restaurants in walking distance best Soule Domain right behind Biltomore, old poney express relay station really great food. Ski squaw lst day, then decide if you want to ski Alpine and 3rd day you have a option of going back to either of them or trying another. One secret, if theres fresh powder I would recommend Diamond Peak as there will be open runs and then tree skiing until afternoon whereas Squaw will be chopped up by 0930. If high winds ski northstar or homewood. Any other questions etc. let me know. Have a good visit.
post #8 of 16
I also like the Biltmore. They are getting more popular and more expensive these days. The other downside to the Biltmore on a three day BUGET trip, transportation is expensive and not very convenient. You burn pretty much a day getting back down to Reno.

For a cheap 3 or even two day trip you are right on track. Stay in Reno and take shuttles to Mt.Rose or Squaw Valley. Next option is a bit more expensive but has a nice mountain feel. Take South Tahoe Express to South Lake and Ski the South lake Resorts (Heavenly, Kirkwood)

Only upgrade I might suggest? See if you can get into the Silver Legacy on one of there stay and ski packages!! Silver Legacy is MUCH NICER than the Sands. (But Sands is ok)
post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 

I should lay down plans for a new trip then

I guess I'll have to be re-editing the trip again. I've spent too many hours online researching, but it should be worth it at the end.

I had already looked into staying at the cheap inns at S.Lake Tahoe by Heavenly. But the whole package still came up more expensive, even though the Heavenly online offer was stay free night/ski free day for the 4th one, Mon-Thur. $440 lodge/ski/shuttle + $265 air = $705.

So, I found out that sleeping in Reno is cheaper. And up till now, the best deal I have is:
1. air+hotel 4 nights, Mon-Fri, Orlando -- Reno for $340 from Priceline, with the stay at Peppermill (it adds up to about $35-40 per night).
2. Go to Squaw, daily for the 3 days for $10/day = $30 round trip shuttle from the hotel.
3. Squaw lift tickets $43/day =$129, with student ID.
Total: $499

Then, maybe if I am not too cheap, I'd leave the 3rd skiing day -- Thursday -- for Heavenly instead, and get the $40 round trip SouthTahoeExpress from the airport to Heavenly and buy a day ticket for $70 that will give me day+night skiing there. So, minus the last day at Squaw, this trip comes to $556.

Although, yes, I might want 3 resorts instead. Probably the famous names are crowded, but regardless I want to experience them and they probably have longer runs. I have the Lk. Tahoe adv. book in front of me, and 5.5miles longest run at Heavenly is what sparked me initially to go only there.

In general, my interest is carving on clean, long, uncrowded mid level terrains, (not powder). I like the terrains that usually go across the steep slopes and through the edges of the resort, making them longer that way. If the 5.5 mile at Heavenly is one of these -- I'd really like it. In the US, I've skied at Butternut, Mass. and SkiBeach, N.Carol. (both w. bad icy slopes and not enough snow). And surely anything there at Lk. Tahoe will be much better as far as snow and length of slopes.

Thanks.
post #10 of 16
The Peppermill is also a very nice place to stay. Also very close to the Air Port.
post #11 of 16

Tahoe Biltmore

I stayed at the Tahoe Biltmore this past March and the place was a fantastic deal for the under $40 a night that I paid. It was easily the best cheap hotel that I have ever stayed at and I would have felt it was worth even double that price. Its location is great being literally right on the Cal-Nev line. Try there!
post #12 of 16

Tahoe Compared to Skiing in the East

If you have only experienced Beech and Butternut, you will find more skiing in one resort in Tahoe then you have ever seen in North Carolina or Mass. You would not go wrong to spend an entire three day trip skiing at one resort like Squaw, Alpine, Northstar or any of the other large resorts.
post #13 of 16
well, that seems okay. if youve only skied the east, 3 days at squaw will be amazing by comparison.
i'd still go with staying in tahoe over reno to get the full lake tahoe/mountain experience. reno + tahoe are completely different. i stayed at reno once and that was enough for me to pay a little extra for the scenery in tahoe, but i'm not much of a casino person either and you can get rooms at $32 per night at roomsintahoe.com, but thats just an opinion.
post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by skicougar
well, the consensus here would probably be squaw,kirkwood and alpine as the top 3 skiers mountains and squaw, kirkwood and heavenly as the top 3 to ski in terms on publicity,size,well known, etc.

if i were you, as it seems you want to ski a lot of mountains; but not spend a lot; i would take the bus from the airport to south lake tahoe and stay there. you can get rooms $75 or under that are okay - roomsintahoe.com and a walk to anything you need/groceries or want to go to/casinos.
then, take the $5 bus to kirkwood one day and the bus to squaw $10 the next and walk over to heavenly. the bus info is on their sites. only catch is you gotta catch the bus out around 8am.
Skicougar, it seems good, but came up more expensive than the $499, or the $563.
$280 air
$40 roundtrip shuttle Reno -- S. Lk. Tahoe
$31.50X4 nights, at one of the inns from roomsintahoe.com = $126
$70 Heavenly 1st day
$5 shuttle roundtrip to Kirkwood
$62 day skiing at Kirkwood
$10 shuttle roundtrip to Squaw
$43 student ID day skiing at Squaw
TOTAL: $636

And it's even $638 if I stayed at Tahoe and ski 3 days only at Heavenly: $192 -- ski lift for 3 days! The Thursday night Heavenly is worth because the ticket covers the evening session too 4-5 till 9 pm.

I'll think. I don't know yet.
post #15 of 16
ok, well i see the price difference. money is not a big issue for me; so maybe i cant step into your shoes on this.
my point is that i know i cant make it to tahoe every weekend, so it is worth it to me to spend the extra money to see tahoe and not reno and to ski the mountains in tahoe that are the most popular. youll most likely have the chance to come back again, but i didnt want you to miss out as tahoe and reno are apples and oranges to me.
post #16 of 16

Staying in Tahoe

Also, if you have or are a PSIA instructor. Last year my card worked for good discounts at Squaw, Diamond Peak, Northstar and Sugar Bowl. If you are intent on Heavenly ok but stay away from Holidays and weekends. As you discribed the runs you like. Squaw lst, Alpine 2nd, Northstar and Sugar Bowl on Northshore.
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