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Should I drive up to Tahoe?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Hi all,

Happy New Year!!!

We have a plan to drive up to Tahoe tomorrow morning to ski at Kirkwood then off to South Lake Tahoe in the evening. Plan to ski at Heavenly on Sunday and Monday.

I check the condition and it doesn't look that good. We can't cancel the 2 nights hotel but I also wonder if it's too dangerous to drive up or if it's worth wild to do so....

Can some locals share some lights please?
post #2 of 11
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Originally Posted by luvski
Hi all,

Happy New Year!!!

We have a plan to drive up to Tahoe tomorrow morning to ski at Kirkwood then off to South Lake Tahoe in the evening. Plan to ski at Heavenly on Sunday and Monday.

I check the condition and it doesn't look that good. We can't cancel the 2 nights hotel but I also wonder if it's too dangerous to drive up or if it's worth wild to do so....

Can some locals share some lights please?
Luvski, I am driving up tommorrow, I have 4wd and I suspect the roads will have chain controls at some point in time. The local weather seems to favor sat as a driving day with a colder front coming in on sun and snow expected sun and mon. The roads to Kirkwood are always subject to closure before hwy 50 and 80 so check out the road conditions. Which direction are you coming from? I am looking forward to good skiing espec Mon and hope for good on sun at least at the higher elevations. Drive carefully and be prepared but might as well go.
post #3 of 11
yep. the roads are decent to kirkwood, but subject to close because of snow. i might suggest going to heavenly and taking the kirkwood bus from tahoe to kirkwood sun. or mon. gotta think if bus wont be going if the roads are closed rather than lose a 1/2 day and get turned around yourself.
post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thank you for the replies and suggestions. I'm driving up from the Bay Area and that's why I figure I should stop at Kirkwood before driving up to Lake Tahoe.
post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by luvski
Thank you for the replies and suggestions. I'm driving up from the Bay Area and that's why I figure I should stop at Kirkwood before driving up to Lake Tahoe.
88 is open now, why not leave early? It is also raining below 8000ft but that should drop by sat afternoon to 6-7k. Sun still looks good with mon the best. Should be fresh snow for us. Yipeeeee!!!!!!!!!
post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 
hahaha... Good suggestion but where should we stay tonight? Everything will be expensive no? even a small motel.
post #7 of 11
If your not here already? You missed the bus.
Got 4WD?
Have experience dirving in Mountain winter conditions?
If you answer NO to either question stay where you are untill things settle down.
Tuesday looks like things might settle down
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by luvski
hahaha... Good suggestion but where should we stay tonight? Everything will be expensive no? even a small motel.
I have stayed here http://reservations.hotel-guides.us/...10194303O.html on my way to Kirkwood. About 45min drive in the am, as best I can remember. Right at the junction of 88. The town is kinda neat and worth a walk though.
post #9 of 11
Snow levels are high and rising until Saturday with very high winds in the forecast. There are currently chain controls on Hwy 88. US 50 is clear. If you can ski in wet weather, Sierra at Tahoe is more sheltered from winds, and will not likely be subject to chain controls. If wind closures occur, Sierra is the better choice.

For some reason this holiday has been a real oddball for crowds. My days at Sierra have been relatively uncrowded with good conditions, while Kirkwood has been very crowded; however both areas have turned away people who arrive late after parking has filled on peak days.
post #10 of 11
Drove up to squaw today. there were chain controls on donner summit until 9am. squaw was basically shut today due to high winds. they opened only kt22 and squaw one - with only 2 runs - saddle and mountain run.
most people waited around and left by 10am. it was raining heavily at the base. i heard winds up top were blowing at 100mph.

kt22 - coverage loooked very thin.

becos of its altitude - kirkwood will probably be in better shape.
post #11 of 11
pouring rain all day all the way to the top of the hill. you are gonna be in a traffic nightmare for crap snow conditions. I hope it gets cold and starts snowing but that seems to be wishful thinking.
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