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Where's the best Tahoe skiing option for 16-17th weekend?

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
Hi,

I'll be in the Bay Area for business next week and have the option to take the weekend and ski out at Tahoe. I've never been there at this time of year and don't know what I would expect.

Can anybody enlighten me on what the current conditions are like, and is there any place that might be the best option at this time of year? Squaw is my favorite so far, I like the steep and deep. But at this time of year I'll take what I can get, and I was thinking that one of the places with higher elevation might have a better base (Sugar Bowl?, Alpine Meadows?)

If any locals can enlighten me on what to expect, and where to go, I'd be most appreciative!
THANKS
Bill D
post #2 of 23
Things may change over the next week, but I'm not posting any forecasts to jinx it. Right now, all skiing is on machine made snow, and Heavenly has the most. Stay tuned for further details.
post #3 of 23
We have plenty of steep.

But no so much on the deep.

All the resorts are in pretty much the same lousy state right now. Nothing would be open but for the grace of snowmaking. And most Tahoe resorts limit snowmaking to the lower elevations.

The good news is that we appear to have three storms incoming -- Friday night, Sunday morning, and Tuesday. It's not clear how much they're going to dump on us, but there will probably be at least a foot or a foot and a half.

The bad news is, that still probably won't be enough to open much.

Your best bet is probably to wait a bit if you can. That's likely to be the last cheap weekend, and deals will abound. Search the board for Tahoe lodging suggestions; they've been posted before. And check the ski area websites for good packages that include lift tickets. I think that Squaw Valley Lodge and the Resort at Squaw Creek are both running early-season deals right now (join the SVL's Granite Chief Club free for deals). Granlibakken, just south of Tahoe City, usually has good deals too.

And check Skibonk.
post #4 of 23
Thread Starter 
Yeah I understand that the conditions don't look too pretty. I can't change the dates that I'm coming out, and I'd definitely like to ski. I've always stuck around North Tahoe, and never been to Heavenly, so maybe I'd check it out. Still, I'll probably try to grab a cheap-o hotel room someplace and get some turns on the best of my options.

This trip was going to happen in February, and it was going to allow for two full ski weekends at Squaw. Instead, that biz trip moved to Hawaii (crocodile tears, wah wah) which everybody is thrilled about - except me. Being stuck on an Island in the middle of the Pacific and missing two prime West ski weekends is just killing me. Killing me.


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Originally Posted by alpinedad View Post
We have plenty of steep.

But no so much on the deep.

All the resorts are in pretty much the same lousy state right now. Nothing would be open but for the grace of snowmaking. And most Tahoe resorts limit snowmaking to the lower elevations.

The good news is that we appear to have three storms incoming -- Friday night, Sunday morning, and Tuesday. It's not clear how much they're going to dump on us, but there will probably be at least a foot or a foot and a half.

The bad news is, that still probably won't be enough to open much.

Your best bet is probably to wait a bit if you can. That's likely to be the last cheap weekend, and deals will abound. Search the board for Tahoe lodging suggestions; they've been posted before. And check the ski area websites for good packages that include lift tickets. I think that Squaw Valley Lodge and the Resort at Squaw Creek are both running early-season deals right now (join the SVL's Granite Chief Club free for deals). Granlibakken, just south of Tahoe City, usually has good deals too.

And check Skibonk.
post #5 of 23
the best place to see near tahoe on the 15/16th weekend - might be to Salt Lake City.
post #6 of 23
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Come Ride The Most Open Terrain in Tahoe!

WATCH A VIDEO FROM 11/28/06

PLEASE NOTE:
There are some areas which have thin coverage.
Please stay on the open trails and observe all posted closures.

Winter is underway and Heavenly is open with five runs with solid coverage and conditions courtesy of the largest snowmaking system in the West.


Yeah, come ride all 5 runs!

So, so sad.....
post #7 of 23
Heavenly's snowmaking will likely result in the most open terrain at Tahoe by then. But be prepared for a very eastern ski experience.

I second the suggestion to arrange a stopover in SLC (or Denver) instead.
post #8 of 23
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Originally Posted by Billd View Post
Yeah I understand that the conditions don't look too pretty. I can't change the dates that I'm coming out, and I'd definitely like to ski. I've always stuck around North Tahoe, and never been to Heavenly, so maybe I'd check it out. Still, I'll probably try to grab a cheap-o hotel room someplace and get some turns on the best of my options.
With Heavenly, just keep in mind that US50 can be a worst drive(more traffic and only 2-lanes in spots) than i80. Also, getting out of South Lake on Sun afternoon can be pretty bad.

If it is sunny, Heavenly has truly amazing views of the lake. The views alone would make it worthwhile.

If you can wait to book a hotel until Wed (or be able to cancel a resv on wed), I would recommend waiting to see what happens this weekend/early next week. The 1st storm might stay north or North Lake may get more than South Lake.


Also, I would recommend taking a look at Kirkwood. Rt88 is a pretty cool drive. If the forecast is for good weather the 16th & 17th, Kirkwood might be a good option.
post #9 of 23
Keep in mind, too, that I believe only the gondola is operating to take you from the lakeside up to the skiable parts of Heavenly.

Since there is no on-street parking within at least a 2 mile perimeter of Heavenly's "village" this means that you will either have to pony up $20 for the parking garage or hope that you have a parking space wherever you stay and that they offer shuttle service to the gondola (I have heard that you can park at the old school California lodge where the tram is located and that there is a shuttle that leaves the parking lot on the hour to take you to the gondola, but you'd want to check on that).
post #10 of 23
Park free behind Harvey's or Horizon and walk a couple blocks to the gondola.

Normally Kirkwood is the smart call when Tahoe conditions are subpar. But they have minimal natural snow now either, and much less snowmaking than Heavenly. Also what little snow there has been has gone more north than south, which is likely for the small storm expected this weekend also.
post #11 of 23

Heavenly

I spent the last three mornings skiing the few runs Heavenly has open. Surprisingly decent snow for manmade, but only really worth it for the morning (fewer people and significantly better snow). Supposedly they're opening a few more runs on the California side today/this weekend, but I'm not sure whether there will be access via the California lodge. The gondola isn't very convenient (although many lodging options provide some kind of shuttle--one recommendation: Lakeland Village), but its a beautiful ride if you've never been there. I'd stay on the South Shore and ski a day at Heavenly and a day at Kirkwood (if it actually snows a decent amount this weekend).

One more piece of advice: don't worry about waiting to book lodging--South Lake Tahoe is overbuilt. You can even wait until you get up there, and drive along Lake Tahoe Blvd (50) and Pioneer Trail until you find something you like...
post #12 of 23
Well we have a two week vacation booked and fly out from England next Thursday.

Not missed the snow for the last 5 years of visiting for Christmas so there should be a big storm arriving with us I hope

If not we may be driving to SLC!
post #13 of 23
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Originally Posted by Ta&Idaho View Post
I spent the last three mornings skiing the few runs Heavenly has open. Surprisingly decent snow for manmade, but only really worth it for the morning (fewer people and significantly better snow). Supposedly they're opening a few more runs on the California side today/this weekend, but I'm not sure whether there will be access via the California lodge. The gondola isn't very convenient (although many lodging options provide some kind of shuttle--one recommendation: Lakeland Village), but its a beautiful ride if you've never been there. I'd stay on the South Shore and ski a day at Heavenly and a day at Kirkwood (if it actually snows a decent amount this weekend).

One more piece of advice: don't worry about waiting to book lodging--South Lake Tahoe is overbuilt. You can even wait until you get up there, and drive along Lake Tahoe Blvd (50) and Pioneer Trail until you find something you like...
I spoke with the folks at Heavenly this am. The calif lodge is open with tram service to ski Calif side only. No connection to Nevada side. You can take a shuttle and ski from the gondola if you park at the Calif lodge.
post #14 of 23
Won't be a ton of terrain open next weekend...but things could start getting interesting

from the NWS...
"WITH ENSEMBLES IN THE FAR EXTENDED IN BETTER THAN USUAL AGREEMENT... I FEEL COMPELLED TO LOOK BEYOND THE FORECAST PERIOD TO NEXT WEEKEND. THERE IS EXCELLENT GFS ENSEMBLE AGREEMENT THAT THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST MOISTURE TAP WILL MOVE SOUTH INTO OUR REGION AS A COLD EASTERN PACIFIC TROUGH MOVES INLAND. WITH COLDER AIR FILTERING INTO THE CWFA WITH THE TROUGH MOVING SOUTH/INLAND...AT LEAST THE SIERRA MAY FINALLY BE IN FOR A GOOD DUMPING OF SNOW. STAY TUNED..."
post #15 of 23
it ain't swanky, but i always manage to find a room at Motel 6 in SLT. there might some cheaper, divy motels around, but they're rates are pretty firm all the time (i.e. they don't really gouge you on the weekends like some of the other places).

still, i have a heavenly pass and won't start hitting up the resort until they open up the Nevada side.

i also keep hearing that a lot of the casinos have started hiring parking attendants and if they see you drive up with ski gear they'll ticket/tow you car after you leave for the slopes (or if they're feeling nice they'll just ask you to leave).

as for KW, Tyrone Shoelaces mentioned that he went up last week. He said it was cool for about 2 hours then he got bored since they only had intermediate and greens open and not many at that.
post #16 of 23
If bloxy has not made deposits for lodging, I would advise against doing so. With 2 weeks available, it's perfectly reasonable to go somewhere else that has snow. If you were arriving this weekend I would tell you to go to Mt. Bachelor, which has had 120 inches of snow so far. Utah is below average at the moment, but since snow is predicted there next week (more credible than speculating about next weekend) it could be good by the time you arrive. The early Sierra drought is the most severe in 11 years. A couple of small storms like this weekend won't cut it. You need at least 5 feet of new snow.
post #17 of 23

We had 2 days of ski demos at Sugar Bowl Dec. 5&6. Man made snow on two Blue Groomers off Jerome Hill lift on Mt. Judah side. We had 8 guys from Helm of Sun Valley there. Had a blast on new skis,though conditions limited. At least we got first tracks of the year in.

post #18 of 23
Waiting with bated breath for an update report. From my internet it looks like our rain in the bay area is translating to S N O W in the Sierras? I too am planning on traveling to Tahoe this time next week. I purchased my Heavenly pass two nights ago -- having trouble containing myself ever since!
Let it Snow!
post #19 of 23
The best pick by far is currently Heavenly, followed by Kirkwood. Everything else is extremely limited. Expect improvement this week, but no one will be able to open large amounts of terrain on rougher rock-strewn ground like Kirkwood's upper mountain, much of Squaw Valley, Rose and Alpine Meadows.
post #20 of 23
The rain in the Bay has not been translating into Tahoe dumps.

SF Airport is almost at normal for new winter water year -- but the Sierras lag. Even this past weekend. Bay Area hills got 2"+ of rain. Did the Sierra get the corresponding 24"? No. Hopefully, this Mon/Tues deluge pans out....


Heavenly is perhaps the only decent game.

Watch Northstar too -- they are flat and have OK snowmaking.
post #21 of 23
A local just reported that the most recent snow has melted? I am planning on going up on Sunday b/c I have a free place to stay - ski next Monday and Tuesday.. Any predictions on what the conditions will be like? Tyia.
post #22 of 23
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A local just reported that the most recent snow has melted? I am planning on going up on Sunday b/c I have a free place to stay - ski next Monday and Tuesday.. Any predictions on what the conditions will be like? Tyia.
Prediction best left to the professionals...
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/total_foreca...id=rev&pil=afd

I would said that the Forecast Discussion is not great, but not bad.

Fortunately, you'll schedule will allow you to see how much snow happens on Friday and Sat.
This pinpoint link is around the area of Squaw and Alpine for 7600.
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/total_foreca...lon=-120.21625


We are heading up Friday for 2 weeks. Fingers crossed that the storm door will open this weekend and stay open.
post #23 of 23
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Originally Posted by chrisc View Post

Watch Northstar too -- they are flat and have OK snowmaking.
If the cold weather hits this weekend, Northstar will be able to get snow on a bunch of the blue cruisers.

Northstar might be a better call for Mon and Tues.
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