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Lodging, Reno or Lake Tahoe

post #1 of 6
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I've never been to Reno or Lake Tahoe before. Heading that way Jan 17th -24th.

We are planning to ski 3-4 different areas and don't want to drive more than 30 min each day from our bed base.

Should we stay in Reno and ski the northern ski areas for a few days? Then stay somewhere along the southern shore to ski south? We'll have a rental car and prefer not to ride buses with the masses.

Trying to stay below $150.00/night for lodging.

Any specifics recommendations for lodging?

Merry Christmas.
post #2 of 6
Only Mount Rose would be less than 30 minutes drive from Reno, although all resorts (except Kirkwood) are reasonably accessible from there. Ideally to ski North Shore you'd stay in NS ... Truckee, Tahoe City, Kings Beach. Conversely to ski South Shore (Heavenly, Sierra at Tahoe, and arguably Kirkwood) then South Shore is the place. Reno accomodations are cheapest then I don't know definitively but my guess is that South Shore comes in next. North Shore is silly expensive, but has got the best skiing.
post #3 of 6
Originally Posted by dtaski
Trying to stay below $150.00/night for lodging.
North Shore brain farts below:

Not sure where you plan to ski, but if you're thinking Squaw is on the list (and Alpine is close by, just the next road down), consider joining the Squaw Valley Lodge's Granite Chief club on their website (it's free) and stay at the base of KT-22 for $147/nt midweek plus tax. IMHO, I'd rather spend a few bucks extra to be able to roll out of bed onto the slopes, and to have good restaurants. Also, Squaw central reservations has decent lift/lodging packages at the Lodge and at Plumpjack (you may also be able to get a good deal directly from Plumpjack).

Alpine has some deals, and I've heard good things about the Stanford Alpine Chalet in particular. I've stayed at Granlibakken (just south of Tahoe City), which has very good room rates, with discount packages and shuttles to Squaw and Alpine and a killer breakfast buffet. The River Ranch Lodge is on 89 at the base of the Alpine access road (the next turn south from the Squaw access road), and they've got an $89pp midweek ski/stay deal with Alpine, including continental breakfast.
post #4 of 6
And this site http://www.slidingonthecheap.com/ sometimes highlights deals on lodging and stay/ski deals.
post #5 of 6
Definitly check out that site TruckeeLocal mentions. They often have deals at the Crystal Bay Casinos and that would put you within a half our drive of Squaw, Alpine, Northstar, Rose, Diamond Peak, and close to that to Homewood and Sugarbowl.

South Lake has tons of options right their near Heavenly, but both Kirkwood and Sierra will be a little bit of a drive.

As others mentioned, Reno is probably more then a half an hour to the resorts other then Mt Rose, but still it's an easy Interstate drive to Sugarbowl, Squaw, and Alpine.
post #6 of 6

Lodging Tahoe

DTASki, north Tahoe, best skiing. Stay at the Tahoe Biltmore Casino Hotel, see them at Google. $1.99 breakfast, 2 restaurant one very reasonable i.e., $7 steak dinner, lots of specials, one expersive. They have inside Hotel Rooms and outside Motel Rooms in back. Either ok when on a budget I like back lst floor and can park truck right nextto room. Hot tub, gambling all there. Other restaurants etc. close 3 other casino's. Ski shops shopping etc. in Incline village about 6 min away. Diamond Peak - 10min., Mt. Rose 20 min, Northstar 20 min, Homewood 35 min, Alpine 30 min, Squaw 35 min, Sugar Bowl 50 min, So shore Heavenly 55 min. You didn't state how man of you there were but if 4 or more you can get a privately owned cabin pretty reasonable and that keeps you out of restaurant for all meals anyway. If you end up at Biltmore, you can pick up lunch at Safeway (on the Lake at Hwy267) better than most of the expensive junk food on the mountain. Tips: Squaw food sucks at High Camp or Gold Coast or main area, Alpine food worse. Northstar food good on top of mountain sucks in Main lodge. Sugar Bowl pretty good. I skied Tahoe for over 25 yrs and ran races agt almost all the resorts so if you need more info or have more questions just ask away. If you know some of this stuff for your lst visit you will have a better time.
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