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Homewood Ski Area...info please?

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
For those of you in the know...what is your opinion of Homewood as a ski destination for 5-6 nites? Is it enough to keep you happy for five days of skiing? Good intermediate/advanced terrain? Is it suited for all levels?
If not, what are the closest ski areas to it? Drive time?? And is Truckee the closest town? Thanks so much!
post #2 of 17
Homewood is a great place to go in bad weather. It also has spectacular views and antiquated lifts. The closest town is Tahoe City (5 miles). Between Tahoe City and Homewood is another, tiny, ski area - Grandlibakken - less than 5 miles from Homewood. Just through Tahoe City are Alpine Meadows (8 miles) and Squaw Valley (10 miles). Going the other way through TC is Northstar (12 miles), Diamond Peak (15 miles) and Mount Rose (20 miles). Truckee is maybe 15 miles from Homewood. All distances are very approximate.

Anyway back to Homewood. It has varied terrain and most of it isn't seen from the highway. There's great tree skiing, and some cruisers. Powder stashes stay for a more extended period of time than the more high-profile areas. I doubt if it would satisfy for a full week's skiing but sure is worth a day trip and there are plenty of other accessible bigger mountains close by, even using public transportation (Tahoe Area Rapid Transit - TART).

ps. Plenty of snow still there, I was there today, but it's closed
post #3 of 17
If you are an advanced skier, Homewood will bore you in 5 days. There are many ski resorts in the Tahoe areas, namely about 13. You should visit them all, if you have the time. The weakness of Homewood is that it does not have lodging on site or even in walking distance, therefore, it is difficult to become a destination resort.
post #4 of 17
As has been said already, Homewood is a great place to go on windy days... Pretty much the entire mountain is intermediate terrain. There's only one advanced area (which requires hiking) in addition to one advanced groomer. There are beginner runs as well, but its difficult for beginners to get back to the base lodge without taking the lift down.

It's a great place to find powder a few days after a storm when all the other resorts are tracked out. (Very few skiers venture off-trail)

The views are incredible--best in Tahoe, IMHO.

The lifts are SSSLLLLLLOOOOOOOOWWWWWW.

The tickets are CHEAP.

The people are very friendly.

The food is great & cheap, too.

No crowds, ever.

If anyone in your group likes the park, they have one of the best, and there's nobody using it.

You will be bored after 2 days, though.

Great thing about Tahoe is so many resorts within driving distance, you can hit a different one each day. Which resort to go to really depends on skiing ability & type of skiing you like to do.

On the north shore, the best place for a group of beginners & intermediates (with free lessons, too) is Northstar. Sheltered, too, so also good during storms. Advanced/expert? Alpine or Squaw--both great mountains, but totally different clientele. I prefer Alpine for that reason.

If you're up for a drive hit Kirkwood on the south shore for steeps and powder, Heavenly on the south shore for long groomers, fast lifts, and views, Mt Rose on the north shore for the chutes.
post #5 of 17

Homewood

Kidsski2, All the above are correct KWBC hit it best. A couple other notes on Homewood (I taught there for 2 years). Pluses: It is never crowded even on Christmas Vacation. I you plan your trip during holiday periods or weekend, save Homewood for those periods as it is hte least crowded resort in Tahoe. You can ski Homewood for 2 days without being bored, some pretty good intermediate and advanced off piste tree skiing if you get good/or/powder conditions. If any of you family is a real beginner or never ever,Homewood has a good beginner (short Platter) on the bottom but if they go up the mt. there is no beginner way down. Homewood has a great kids program at the 2nd lodge (old Tahoe Ski Bowl side).

The prior posters and esp. KWBC hit it right for Tahoe, Tahoe City most central point to stay at North Shore and enough close ski areas to keep you busy for 2 weeks. You don't have to stay at a publicized joint. Get on gthe internet and look for homes etc. in the area, they are more reasonable etc.

If you can be a little more specific about when, kids abilities etc., what you want etc., some of usmaybe could help you more.
post #6 of 17
Homewood is one of those "best kept secrets". Low key, cheap and friendly. Good, but not great skiing. But worth a visit. Last season midweek tickets were $28.

If you want a nice and pleasant ski day, visit Homewood.
post #7 of 17
The Quail Face runs are GREAT! But the hike to get in and out there is not funny.
post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 
No kids in the group. All adults. I found a house that is ski in/out (thru the trees?) at Homewood. An hours drive from Reno? It looked promising. It is nice to know that there are close resorts to Homewood in case we get bored. All intermediate/advanced skiers. I will poll the group, but this is likely to be an '08 trip as we have our sights set on Jackson in '07 with a short trip somewhere else? Thanks for the tips! Anything else we need to know?
post #9 of 17
Drive time from Reno airport to Homewood is probably just over an hour. Usually. In winter roads close, and traffic jams can be horrific to Squaw and Alpine on weekend/holiday mornings. But this is California. If the roads are open they're generally clear and you'd be taking Interstate 80 and Highway 89 all the way. Except for the last few hundred yards. I can't visualize where there would be ski in/ski out houses at Homewood. Ski in through the trees perhaps.
post #10 of 17
When I lived in the Tahoe area (even when I lived in Sacramento), Homewood was one of my favorite areas due to the view, no crowds, awesome staff, cheap tickets (can't remember, but friday or thursday was only like $25.), and easy hiking to some excellent terrain.

With all that being said, I wouldn't ski there multiple days w/all the other truly awesome resorts w/in easy driving, except sometimes to Southshore via 89 is prone to avalanche shutdown during winter (I was reminded of this fact when I was there this January), but you just drive over to Squaw or Alpine in that case.

If you've got cheap digs, then by all means stay there as a base of operations, just don't spend all your time at Homewood, especially if it's your first time skiing the Tahoe area.
post #11 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by TruckeeLocal
Drive time from Reno airport to Homewood is probably just over an hour. Usually. In winter roads close, and traffic jams can be horrific to Squaw and Alpine on weekend/holiday mornings. But this is California. If the roads are open they're generally clear and you'd be taking Interstate 80 and Highway 89 all the way. Except for the last few hundred yards. I can't visualize where there would be ski in/ski out houses at Homewood. Ski in through the trees perhaps.
He's probably referring to one of the cabins across the street on the shore...Not really "ski in/ski out", but walkable.
post #12 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by jackwan1
The Quail Face runs are GREAT! But the hike to get in and out there is not funny.
Yes, the hike out is absolutely awful. A backcountry fishing club, unfortunately has rights to the lake at the bottom of Quail Face.
I doubt they would ever allow a lift there.

Even a portable rope tow, PLLEEEEEEZZE, anything, even if had to
be removed every summer would work wonders.
post #13 of 17

Softspot

I will always have a soft spot for homewood because we had a ski lease that was walkable to the back lodge. Given that, I would not spend excessive time here. The tickets are more expensive than Alpine on the weekends and holidays. The lifts are honestly stupidly slow.

There is great tree skiing before you get to Quails Face. I had some of the best runs of the season skiing the tree on a pow day. If its windy at Squaw and Alpine, Homewood is $$$. Quails face is sweet but the hike in and especially out is brutal. I dont mind hiking to get to the top of a run, the anticipation is great. Hiking out is another story, especially a long hike out. The terrain is sweet though, steep pitches with deeeeeeep powder.

I would give Homewood a shot for a day or two max. Definitly go there if it is windy everywhere else, no question.
post #14 of 17

Might be too late

I hate to link to a TGR thread, but Homewood might be on the chopping block in favor of real estate.

http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=54424
post #15 of 17
Glad I skiied it, albeit only 1 rainy day this past December. Nice layout, humble to the core. Liked it more than Heavenly!
post #16 of 17

In the news

Here's the local news story ... http://sierrasun.com/article/20060531/NEWS/60530008
post #17 of 17

Homewood

I've been trying to make my rounds around Tahoe, and visit every major resort at least once, and so far Homewood was the biggest suprise out of all the places i had visited. It had the best views of the lake, only $20 for a midweek lift ticket, and while the rest of tahoe was in a white out, we had awesome views and great snow. It is the best deal in tahoe. I think everyone should experience Heavenly once just for the view, but the mountain is kind of Blah! Squaw and Kirkwood have some great terrain for you to explore in the extra days you will be there.
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