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Tahoe or Utah (non skier activities)

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Which area would provide the most fun for a non sier spouse??
I am sure this has been tossed around a bunch but, hey, I'm a newbie!!
Thanks for the replies.
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Which area would provide the most fun for a non sier spouse??
I am sure this has been tossed around a bunch but, hey, I'm a newbie!!
Thanks for the replies.
Tahoe is a relatively small area compared to Utah! I live near and ski at Tahoe and have skied in Utah. Standard questions to you would be, what does your non-skiing spouse like to do while you are on the slopes? Will your spouse have transportation? Will you be staying on the slopes? All that being considered should get you an idea of where you would like to be. Oh, and do you want to be at North Tahoe or South Tahoe or possibly west Tahoe? Good skiing on three sides of the lake. Where in Utah do you want to be?

Mark
post #3 of 9
Depends on what the non-skier spouse likes to do. Spas? Drinking? Gambling? Listening to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir?

Here's an SF Chronicle article on non-skier activities in Tahoe from last season.

But if you give us a better idea of what your spouse likes (other than you), I'm sure folks will be all too happy to chime in.
post #4 of 9
My non-skiing spouse had a much better time in Tahoe.
(And we don't even gamble -- not opposed to it, just dont enjoy it.)

But I think the difference probably was more to do with where we stayed and the logistics than the difference between areas.

I'm tempted to hijackthis thread into "How do you make sure non-skiers have an enjoyable vacation so you can ski again next year?" In fact, I think I'll try to do that.

1) take a day off from skiing in the middle and do something with them. I have never been able to take my own advice on this, but I am weak.

2) do not make them a taxi driver. In Utah we stayed in condos near Park City/Canyons/Deer Valley out by the freeway (Kimball Junction). It was only a 5 to 10 minute drive, but it was a big mistake. We ski with another family, and between us there is a large range of ability, stamina, and interest. So people kept wanting to bail at different times, and my wife wound up making three or four or more 5 to 10 minute each way round trips, which killed any chance to do what she wanted to do. In contrast, in Tahoe (and other years back east) we stayed either ski-in/out or walking distance from the lifts. Much nicer.

3) insist on going out at night. This one is not (mostly) my fault. It was really the other couple that we couldnt drag out of the condo. (THe kids are old enough to stay by themselves with a pizza while the adults explore).

Geez, now that I read all this I'm feeling guilty.
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies.
She would be happy shopping (of course), I'm thinking a sleigh ride, maybe a snowcat ride up the hill for views, possibly a novice snowmobile trek, lodge with a nice fireplace to read by, museums, art galleries and good food. How is Heavenly (South Tahoe) for this?? How is Squaw for this?? Or Park City, Utah??
MKEvenson..........Could you comment on this with local knowledge, please?? Also, Squaw really intrigues me. How are the snow conditions early March?? Any comments on Heavenly, Squaw, logistics of getting around Tahoe and the apre's ski would be great.
Thanks a bunch. FYI, we live in Maine.
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Originally Posted by Sugaree View Post
Thanks for the replies.
She would be happy shopping (of course), I'm thinking a sleigh ride, maybe a snowcat ride up the hill for views, possibly a novice snowmobile trek, lodge with a nice fireplace to read by, museums, art galleries and good food. How is Heavenly (South Tahoe) for this?? How is Squaw for this?? Or Park City, Utah??
MKEvenson..........Could you comment on this with local knowledge, please?? Also, Squaw really intrigues me. How are the snow conditions early March?? Any comments on Heavenly, Squaw, logistics of getting around Tahoe and the apre's ski would be great.
Thanks a bunch. FYI, we live in Maine.
Sugaree, I believe that there is a sleigh ride just before Kingsbury grade adjacent to the slopes but not actually on steep ground. Not familiar with snow cat rides. Shopping is plentiful in South shore, as well as dining, movies, gambling,spas, snowmobiling. There are numerous acomodations that provide fireplaces. There are free busses to Heavenly,and Sierra from south shore. Last year you could take a paddlewheel across the lake to Squaw. You can almost always drive to the northern slopes on the east side of the lake, it takes some time tho! In my experience March is usually a very good month for snow in the entire Tahoe area, perhaps why ESA Tahoe will be in March. Squaw has local rooms to let and a village at the foot of the slopes with shopping and food. Truckee has room availability and is close to Sugar Bowl, Alpine and Squaw. About the only resort out by itself is Kirkwood, but there are nice accomodations there as well as some shopping and eateries. If you decide on south shore Tahoe, let us know and perhaps we can say hi.

Mark
post #7 of 9
If I were taking a non skiing spouse I would pick Tahoe over Utah. I would stay at South Tahoe. If you want to ski Squaw or Alpine one or two days you take the boat over. There is MUCH more to do in South Tahoe than North even if they don't gamble. You're spouse might feel isolated on the North shore.

As far as sleigh rides you can find those at any resort.
post #8 of 9
The places we've been as a 2-family ski vacation are (in chronological order)

Sugarbush
Tremblant
Sunday River
Heavenly
Park City

My wifes favorite was Tremblant (walkable village, French influence) followed by Heavenly (walkable town, stuff to see around the lake, paddleboat trip).

I was surprised she didn't like Park City better, but the surrounding area is pretty urban. Park City itself is cute, but it is mostly high end (ridiculously expensive luxury shops) and low end (T-shirts) with little middle ground. It is also on a fairly substantial grade, which makes strolling around less fun.

At Tahoe we stayed in the Embassy Suites (not a casino) about a block from the Heavenly gondola. There is a nice variety of stores, restaurants, bars along the street there with wide, level sidewalks. (We made one effort to enjoy the casinos, but gave up after 1/2 hour and $50.) It's a short drive to the lake. The non-mountain countryside around Tahoe is generally prettier than in Utah (subjective, I know).

I'm currently trying to organize the Feb 07 trip, and one of the options I'm thinking of pushing is another part of Tahoe, probably Squaw. (Breckenridge is also on my short list).

So I am interested in what there is at Squaw. How substantial is the village there? It looks interesting from what I've seen on-line. Also, does anyone know how much ski in/out or walk-to-lift lodging there is at Squaw? The one quote we got was so expensive it was funny ($10,000 for a week) which probably just means we asked the wrong agent, but might mean there is a severe shortage of convenient lodging.
post #9 of 9
MattL -
Your post came in while I was writing mine. Sounds like Squaw might not be a good fit. Hmmm...
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