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Best conditions in Tahoe?

post #1 of 17
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So I'm heading there Feb 5, can't cancel or anything. I'm thinking of sticking with Heavenly and Kirkwood. My research tells me that heavenly has the best snowmaking and Kirkwood the best terrain. Opinions?
post #2 of 17
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No opinions, ok.
post #3 of 17
Many current conversations on this subject here. Heavenly does have the most snow blowers. The conditions are still not good. Many bare spots and light coverage. Haven't been to kirkwood yet but from other reports here seems the groomers are best at all resorts. It has been cold and the snow will be hard. Beautiful views tho!!! Have a great time!!!! Enjoy!!!

see this report http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=49880
post #4 of 17
so far this season I have ridden at Alpine Meadows twice. Once before Christmas and it sucked. Turned my Karmas into rock skis.

Skied there in early January and it was much better. Even got to tear up a few runs on the backside Sherwood Bowl in what can only be described as late Spring conditions in January!

I have skied Heavenly twice, as well. Both times in early Jan. Conditions on the Nevada side were sucky. Long groomers like Olympic were great, everything else was filled with chunks of wood and rocks.

I have skied Sugar Bowl twice, as well. Both at the end of December. They had the best conditions of all three of the resorts at/around that time, but again it was strictly staying on the groomers and just ripping tight turns.

I just got back from Copper/Loveland/Telluride and it was the same thing. Stick to the groomers and you'll keep your edges free of nicks and the bases free of scrapes and shots. Venture "off-piste" at yhour own descretion.

I'm headed up to Tahoe this weekend, but am not expecting much other than a few hours on the groomers and then getting my skis tuned up.
post #5 of 17
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Oh well, guess I'll just have to make the best of it. Sux spending a couple of grand to ski groomers. I can do that here...for a lot less.
post #6 of 17
wow, a couple grand?

i have never paid more'n $500ish-700ish for 3-5 full days of riding in another state. that's a mighty expensive jaunt to Cali!

depending on where you're staying, at least you can get in some gambling and maybe do the Smokin' Aces self-guided tour (if in South Lake Tahoe).

post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
wow, a couple grand?

i have never paid more'n $500ish-700ish for 3-5 full days of riding in another state. that's a mighty expensive jaunt to Cali!

depending on where you're staying, at least you can get in some gambling and maybe do the Smokin' Aces self-guided tour (if in South Lake Tahoe).

Well airfare for the 2 of us is about $1200.00, my timeshare takes car of the hotel, lift tickets for 5 days, food, and screwing around money and I'll prolly blow at least 2 grand. But at least i got a nice place to stay instead of the closet I stayed at skiing Squaw.
post #8 of 17
gunbarrel at heavenly, where they've been blowing snow guns since forever.
post #9 of 17
Send me a PM. I'll meet you at Kirkwood if I'm free. (still working for a living you know?). All the groomers are skiing well, and I wouldn't pass up Sierra for a weekday. They have some pretty good talent on the Cats.
post #10 of 17
I was just at Alpine Medows last saturday and the conditions were quite bad. I am actually a beginner skier, although I picked it up very easily, to me it was all man made stuff.

Heading up to Tahoe there was barely any snow on Donner Pass and at Blue Canyon, which is VERY SAD.

I am hoping we get some more snow soon, because I'm heading back to AM on Feb 17/18th.

I tried an intermediate mountain my 1st day of skiing and did pretty well so I might try some more this time around.
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post
Send me a PM. I'll meet you at Kirkwood if I'm free. (still working for a living you know?). All the groomers are skiing well, and I wouldn't pass up Sierra for a weekday. They have some pretty good talent on the Cats.
You got it. I figure we will ski one day at Kirk and the next at Heavenly to see which is better. Got a book of 2 for one's for Kirkwood so at least the cost is down. Might hit Squaw as well.
post #12 of 17

Tahoe

We too are headed to Tahoe Feb 5-11 with 4 nights in S.lake and 2 nights at the Squaw lodge. I hope they get a little snow next week.
Does anyone know if the Costco store still has the Kirkwood 2 pack and/or if the Reno Albertsons still have a deal on Heavenly tickets?

Hope for Snow
post #13 of 17
Both the Albersons and Costco deals are still good. It snowed a bit today.
post #14 of 17
Good to hear about the snow! She what Heavenly reports in the morning.
post #15 of 17
go here for the latest not greatest forcast for the Lake Tahoe region
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/total_foreca...lon=-119.93889
post #16 of 17
$1200 airfair for 2 to where?
in today's age (especially since you must have bought them in advance, since you're going to tahoe), you should be able to fly to sf bay area from nyc for 300 tops. and less if you do it in advance.
post #17 of 17
I was at Heavenly this past Sat and Alpine Meadows on Sun.

It’s what I have dubbed Winter Spring conditions. What this means is that the groomers and what off-piste is open is hardpack and borderline icy in the morning. Depending on the weather, it usually gets softened up by around 1ish, making for crisp Spring like conditions on most runs.

I found the groomers at both Heavenly and Alpine were decent. They were hard, borderline icy, but enough people had carved off the top layers of “marble” and kicked some soft windblown side effects to the curb of the runs. If you stuck to the edges you got faux fresh.

Not great conditions by a long shot, but decent enough for 4 hours of hard riding by yourself.

Also the crowds are thin by normal standards. That said, Heavenly is still a bit crowded mostly because so much of the mountain is closed so the few people that are there are all crammed on the same runs.
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