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Easterner in Lake Tahoe

post #1 of 12
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I'm hoping to steal a couple of days out of a San Francisco business trip to ski in Lake Tahoe. What's the best place in the Tahoe area for a low intermediate skiier who's only skiied in the east and with the fewest snowboarders (no offense )? Nightlife not important. Thanks.
post #2 of 12
[quote=Sailor]I'm hoping to steal a couple of days out of a San Francisco business trip to ski in Lake Tahoe. What's the best place in the Tahoe area for a low intermediate skiier who's only skiied in the east and with the fewest snowboarders (no offense )? Nightlife not important. Thanks.[/quote

Boreal is a good mnt for your ability level, but, lotsa borders. There are no resorts that don't have borders. Homewood might be good and any day during the week should be ok, less on the mnt overall. SAT is good for your ability as well as Northstar and Squaw. Take your pick. Attach a rearview mirror on your helmet, see the boarders from the rear! Not any recent snow as of today and looks like no change for a while. Plenty of coverage just a bit firm.
Have fun.:
post #3 of 12
I'd say Donner will be good, I always take the intermediates to Donner, its accross street from Sugar Bowl and it is cheap, maybe $30/day and it has plenty for your skiing level. Donner is the second closest ski slope from I-80. Boreal is #1, but it is catered to Snowboarders.
post #4 of 12
Northstar is a very large resort with a focus on family. There is an abundance of intermediate and terrain. Heavenly also has this get-away ambiance and big mountain feel, with lots of accessible terrain. Snowboards will be present both places, but not overwhelming.
post #5 of 12
Diamond Peak and Homewood would probably be closest to what you're looking for. Both are uncrowded, reasonable sized, relatively cheap, and have great views of the lake. Donner Ski Ranch is also a good choice for beginners, but the mountain is too small to keep an intermediate interested and there's no view of the lake. All the big resorts like Heavenly, Northstar, Squaw, etc have plenty of beginner and intermediate terrain, but they're also a lot more crowded and you'll be paying more for terrain that you can't ski.

Diamond Peak



Homewood
post #6 of 12
northstar features eastern skiiing out west. probably not what you'r elooking for. squaw is my own favourite north american resort, and alpine meadows still has fewer 'boarders than the other north shore mountains.i highly recommend squaw or alpine meadows, as they have the vistas we never see back east, you see the lake well form them, etc.also, at squaw, you can take the tram up to high camp, and ski intermediate or beginner terrain all day long, waaaaaaaaaay up on the top of an open, rock-rimmed network of snowfields. it's paradise, and especially so for us easterners. being able to ski intermediate/lower intermediate runs all day from the top is great, and having the lakeview form that altitude while you're doing it should be the deal-breaker.alos, both are just outside tahoe city (ON the lake), which is a very , very comfortable, well-appointed little town with exfellent restaurants, shops, etc.squaw hands-down...and i've skied every tahoe resort
post #7 of 12
oh, yeah- if you go to incline, lemme know. the GM is a dear friend, I taught him how to 'board.if you go to squaw, lemme know- my cuz has been the parking director for decades, i'll ask him to give you advice on conditions. that cat skis.
post #8 of 12
fellow easterner - skied squaw and boreal (night skiing only) on a day trip after a business trip to san fran last year. don't bother with boreal, very little vert and lots of boarders (not that there's anything wrong with that).

you'll really appreciate going to squaw (or someplace like it) to get blown away by the western skiing experience. i'd second whoever said you can find plenty of intermediate terrain at squaw - just stay away from the scary looking stuff on KT-22 etc., and you'll be fine.

locals - why not sugar bowl?

have fun.
post #9 of 12
If you are driving, you may consider this:

get up at 4:00 am

drive to Sugarbowl
ski Sugarbowl for one day

drive and check into hotel

ski maybe Alpine or Squaw the next day

return to SF after second ski day.

The reason for doing this is that Sugarbowl and Squaw are next to major freeway and you have less chance of road closure and other unforseen problems. Also, Sugarbowl is closer to San Francisco than other resorts.
post #10 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by ts01
locals - why not sugar bowl?

No reason not to. Sugarl Bowl is just fine.
post #11 of 12
Btw, Sailor, thanks for the giggle over the username and thread title.
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all your help. Can't wait for the fun to begin.
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