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Where to Ski in Tahoe - Plan My Trip

post #1 of 15
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I just pulled the trigger to my first trip to Lake Tahoe. We'll be in Tahoe for four days of skiing the last weekend in Feb. We fly in Thurs. and fly out on Tuesday, so we'll be skiing Fri, Sat, Sun, & Monday. We like to ski bumps, trees, & steeps. (Hopefully, all covered with 12" of fresh

Where should we ski and on which day? (so we can beat the crowds)?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 15
Monday will be your quietest day followed by Friday, then Sunday, then Saturday.

Saturdays are a zoo so I'd suggest Squaw Valley which handles the crowds the best. And if you like it you can go back for a second day.
Other not to missed areas are Alpine Meadows, Mount Rose, and Sugar Bowl (not on a Sunday) on the North Shore. Depending on where you're staying you might want a day at Heavenly. Next layer down are places like Northstar, and Homewood on the North Shore and Sierra at Tahoe near the South Shore.
post #3 of 15
Where in Tahoe are you staying? If near Truckee or Reno then TruckeeLocal's advice is right on. South Lake is 60 - 90 minutes from Alpine and Squaw. I think Squaw is worth the drive - twice. On the south side Kirkwood is also great and usually has the most snow. As for Heavenly, park on the Nevada side where the terrain is much more interesting (Killebrew and Motts Canyon in particular.)
post #4 of 15
Ditto Squaw on Saturday. First lift smiles . As for Sun and Monday, well see if you can pull yourself away from Squaw first and if so Heavenly on Monday might be the call. My guess is you'll go backon Sunday. All in all though, if your not happy wherever you are you need a pulse check.
post #5 of 15
I'd just add that do not, under all costs, go to Northstar on a weekend (the exception being when it's seriously storming and all other summit lifts are closed). Probably one of the worst places in Tahoe to end up on a Sat or Sunday.

Alpine is also quite good for weekend days (Alpine bowl double chair never has a line and provides access to some good steeps and bumps), depending on what type of stuff you like to ski. I'd say visit Alpine, Squaw, Sugarbowl, and Heavenly (if you're up for a S Shore trip) on your 4 days. If I had 4 days that's about how I'd spend em...

good luck!
post #6 of 15
Quick question please. Is Northstar really really crowded during weekend? I'm going up there during President's day weekend and plan to ski at Northstar on Sat, Feb 18 since the cabin is just 5 miles from it. Should we change plan and go some place else?
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by luvski
Quick question please. Is Northstar really really crowded during weekend? I'm going up there during President's day weekend and plan to ski at Northstar on Sat, Feb 18 since the cabin is just 5 miles from it. Should we change plan and go some place else?
On the assumption you're not being a troll I'd have to say there is no worse place to ski (in Tahoe) on a holiday weekend. The 5 miles between your cabin and N* will be gridlocked traffic. Change your plans. Honest If you actually HAVE to ski there then go early and catch first lift. You'll score an hour of skiing before the crowds swamp the place.

If your cabin is in Truckee then you should think about something off-the-wall like Donner Ski Ranch. If you're in Kings Beach then Diamond Peak or Mount Rose are your options (you won't want to try and drive through Tahoe City).

ps. Warning - traffic lights on 267 at N* Drive are now activated.
post #8 of 15

It would help if we knew where you were staying

If you want to get through Tahoe City, do it before ~8am. After 8:15, there's a lot of traffic.
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by luvski
Quick question please. Is Northstar really really crowded during weekend? I'm going up there during President's day weekend and plan to ski at Northstar on Sat, Feb 18 since the cabin is just 5 miles from it. Should we change plan and go some place else?
The entire planet shows up over President's Weekend. I usually try to leave town, but this year I'm stuck. Wherever you ski, plan on getting up early, eating breakfast at the mountain, and being on the lift when it opens. The comments about N* are accurate. But expect lines pretty much everywhere. For God's sake don't try to rent skis at the resorts that morning - get them somewhere else ahead of time.
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
We're staying in Reno Thursday night and have no plans after that. We'll probably stay in Reno Monday night, because we fly out Tuesday am. We have a rentacar so getting around shouldn't be a problem.

So how's this for a tenatative schedule:

Friday - Squaw
Saturday - Alpine Meadows
Sunday - Heavenly
Monday - Mt. Rose or our favorite from above.
post #11 of 15
Although I am a Heavenly Fan - If I am staying in Reno - I would swap Heavenly for either sugarbowl or maybe even northstar - to save on the driving.
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
We're only staying in Reno the first night. We're willing to drive whever the best snow and terrain is.

Heck, a 40-60 mile drive is a standard daily commute for a lot of the people in the DC burbs.
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by SCWVA
We're only staying in Reno the first night. We're willing to drive whever the best snow and terrain is.

Heck, a 40-60 mile drive is a standard daily commute for a lot of the people in the DC burbs.
If driving is no object, then drive Friday to Kirkwood; for your skiing wants, SKIP Heavenly like the plague. Drive back and stay in North Shore for Squaw, Alpine and Sugarbowl. Or just Squaw.

Early and apres driving will save a lot of time (plan to arrive at Squaw prior to 8AM, ditto for all the others).

Enjoy!
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by SCWVA
We're only staying in Reno the first night. We're willing to drive whever the best snow and terrain is.

Heck, a 40-60 mile drive is a standard daily commute for a lot of the people in the DC burbs.
Driving in the mountains on a holiday weekend isn't like a commute And I'd firm up accommodations if I were you. Kirkwood is a great area but not very accessible nor does it have much in the way of accomodations or night-life. At least if won't be as crowded as most of the resorts in the Tahoe Basin which was the thrust of your original query.
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by SCWVA
Heck, a 40-60 mile drive is a standard daily commute for a lot of the people in the DC burbs.
Probably not with chains over mountain passes in the snow on 2 lane roads (like 89 to Squaw and Alpine.) Certainly not in the DC burbs where 12 millimeters of snow can cause a national security crisis.

Given your Reno accomodations, I'd stick with North Tahoe and Mt. Rose.
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