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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
anyone got ski fever yet? just got it myself with the first mag issue coming in. anyway my friends revolted and demanded a tahoe trip this year instead of the usual utah/whistler trip i always plan.

so i need to find good values of where to stay near heavenly. its just the 4 of us and we would each like a bed lol. looking to spend about 40-80 bucks a night a person on lodging if its real nice. would like to be close to the casino's but not in the casino. decent breakfast provided annnnnnnnnd hot tub.

anyway tahoe is not my area of expertise so please gimme some suggestions on whats a really bang for my buck
post #2 of 18
We used to "rent" a house near Heavenly from Aunt Sahra for $50 per night and it was so big that holds about 12.: After she sold her house we've been stay in the North exclusively, mostly in those Reno casino/hotels. S. Tahoe is so expensive even Motel 6 costs around $100(weekends) now. The small motels and there are many of them, around Heavenly are also charging big money on weekends. Stay away from S. Tahoe and try Reno/Carson City and you get better value. We had cheap rooms at Best Western/Carson City before. There are three Motel 6's in Reno they are in the 40~50's.... But we normally upgrade a little bit and stay in Speakeasy, Reno for few times. Some times I get FREE rooms in those Casinos on Sunday nights, because I gamble there few times.:

For large hotels Hilton, now is Grand Sierra, gives better value. Atlantis have some "motel rooms" next to the Towers also is good value. Peppermill is my favorate, but they have increased their price recently, anyway, as long as you do not stay in their Towers, its not too bad. First time visitors you may want to try Eldorado, Silver Legacy or Circus Circus in down town, you can visit all three without leaving the roof.
post #3 of 18
With constuction of the new convention center on Tahoe blvd. across from the heavenly gondola, many of the old ma and pa motels have been torn down. check this site: http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&um...e-results&cd=1
or google. The cheaper rooms probably are limited to 2 beds unless you get a suite or adjoining rooms. You can frequently get into the Motel 6 at so shore for 80-100 per night per 2 beds. Not within walking distance of the Gondola however.
post #4 of 18
Thread Starter 

good stuff so far

thanks for the advice so far. alittle bit more about what our plans are.

we are planning to rent a car so although we dont need walking distance to the gondola i would want to be within about a 10 min drive. i cant really get them to budge on going north of the lake as they want to gamble. any difference on staying on the cali or nevada side? i plan on making the visit kwood one day heard it can be nice there. hopefully theres some good snow this year last year our out west trip in mid jan was meager.

lastly if i hear reno RENO RENO! the biggiest little city in the world i will kill myself

so yeah i would rather stay closer to the mountain so we can focus on skiing but still take a cab to the casinos.
post #5 of 18
While I'm a south shore skier(kookweird passholder) for a trip out to tahoe I think north lake would be a much better choice. look for place in Tahoe City,Kings Beach or Incline. The resort choices are great Squaw,Alpine. Northstar is a great place for the less " dedicated " skier. Mt. Rose is an underrated gem of a locals mountain. Plenty of gambling but more of a funky "old Tahoe" variety. If you don't want Reno you Don't want SLT.
post #6 of 18
try Baltimore hotel/casino, lowest room rate hotel in N. Tahoe. Not bad of a hotel and casino, their beffet is cheap also.
post #7 of 18

Tahoe

If you want to Ski, go north shore. Kirkwood is great but 45 min from SLT and thats on a dry road. North shore has much better skiing: Squaw, Alpine, sugar Bowl, Nothstar and Diamond Peak, Homewood. Theres plenty of gambling; Hyatt Regency at Incline very lst class, Biltmore Hotel and Casino N shore, Crystal bay club, Cal Neva. Get on the net and inquire on Cabins for rent, especially by private people and you can get a pretty good deal. Awesome breakfastl Squeeze Inn in Truckee, lots of great restaurants all different prices. North shore also 45 min to Reno if your group want to go in for evening.

Best snow in tahoe-usually Kirkwood and Sugar Bowl.
Best food Diamond Peak
Best view: Diamond Peak and Homewood
Best Expert Terrain: Squaw, Kirkwood, Alpine, Sugar Bowl,Mt Rose
Least crowds: Homewood
Most crowded on weekends: Northstar Squaw
Best party town-glitz: South Shore
Best bars skiers: Tahoe City and Truckee

All just my opinion based on my likes and dislikes only.
post #8 of 18
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Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho View Post
If you want to Ski, go north shore. Kirkwood is great but 45 min from SLT and thats on a dry road. North shore has much better skiing: Squaw, Alpine, sugar Bowl, Nothstar and Diamond Peak, Homewood. Theres plenty of gambling; Hyatt Regency at Incline very lst class, Biltmore Hotel and Casino N shore, Crystal bay club, Cal Neva. Get on the net and inquire on Cabins for rent, especially by private people and you can get a pretty good deal. Awesome breakfastl Squeeze Inn in Truckee, lots of great restaurants all different prices. North shore also 45 min to Reno if your group want to go in for evening.

Best snow in tahoe-usually Kirkwood and Sugar Bowl.
Best food Diamond Peak
Best view: Diamond Peak and Homewood
Best Expert Terrain: Squaw, Kirkwood, Alpine, Sugar Bowl,Mt Rose
Least crowds: Homewood
Most crowded on weekends: Northstar Squaw
Best party town-glitz: South Shore
Best bars skiers: Tahoe City and Truckee

All just my opinion based on my likes and dislikes only.
that's a decent summary. I'd add rose to 'best snow'. Not quite as much, but it's high so it get's a lot, and it's further east, so it's dryer. Being higher helps with the dryer snow bit. It's hard to beat the slide side of rose on a pow day.

Also, I know we're talkin' lift riding here, but it's kinda funny that most of the good skiing is north shore (I agree), when most of the good mountains are down south in desolation wilderness. Lots of good backcountry all around the lake, but the best backcountry is really south lake. Carson pass and desolation and all.

Good backcountry off the back of sugar bowl. Decent slackcountry off alpine meadows. Lotta bang for the buck frontcountry/backcountry off the summit of mt rose highway.

Still, the really good mountains are SLT, the good ski resorts are north lake/Truckee.

Oh, and Idaho Pete mentioned squeeze in, in Truckee for bfast. The old post office cafe in carnelian bay kills it. Best chicken fried steak ever, coming from a boy that grew up in missour-a and kansas.

T's burritos in Incline is awesome too. Rotisserie chicken and smoked tri-tip tacos and burritos. Fits in well with a trip to rose.
post #9 of 18
Thread Starter 
my friends are being fags cause "the view is so supposed to be so awesome from heavenly" so thats where they want to camp it. im pushing for squaw but then again i have dictated the last 5 trips so imma let them have a crack at it. so basically whats close to heavenly thats a decent hotel but also an awesome value.

p.s. how can i shake being a ski trip control freak?
post #10 of 18
locals do not go to Heavenly, suckers do, cause it sucks big time. The view is good, but did you hear from Pete?
post #11 of 18
Bingers, I am glad you posted this.

I'm going to Tahoe the week of 2/23-3/1. We are staying at a buddies timeshare ($100 a week ) in ST.

It sounds like the best skiing is in NT? Hmm... I had no idea.

Not to hi-jack, but these questions may help you too Bingers:

How long of a drive from ST to NT resorts?

Are shuttles provided from ST to NT and back?

Finally - is this worth it? Is it difficult to get around w/ and w/o a car?

The Ski Lake Tahoe Six-Pack offers 6 days of skiing or riding at 7 fantastic resorts, all for only $249. Even better, the lift tickets are flexible, allowing you to go choose one of two resorts with each ticket. Lift tickets are also transferable, so you can share them with a friend. For more information, please visit our frequently asked questions page.

The Lake Tahoe Six-Pack includes:
  • 1 ticket valid at either Heavenly, Kirkwood or Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe
  • 1 ticket valid at either Heavenly or Sierra-at-Tahoe®
  • 1 ticket valid at either Kirkwood or Sierra-at-Tahoe®
  • 1 ticket valid at either Alpine Meadows or Northstar-at-Tahoe™
  • 1 ticket valid at either Squaw Valley USA, Northstar-at-Tahoe™ or Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe
  • 1 ticket valid at either Squaw Valley USA or Alpine Meadows
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by DrtyWkndr View Post
Bingers, I am glad you posted this.

I'm going to Tahoe the week of 2/23-3/1. We are staying at a buddies timeshare ($100 a week ) in ST.

It sounds like the best skiing is in NT? Hmm... I had no idea.

Not to hi-jack, but these questions may help you too Bingers:

How long of a drive from ST to NT resorts?

Are shuttles provided from ST to NT and back?

Finally - is this worth it? Is it difficult to get around w/ and w/o a car?

The Ski Lake Tahoe Six-Pack offers 6 days of skiing or riding at 7 fantastic resorts, all for only $249. Even better, the lift tickets are flexible, allowing you to go choose one of two resorts with each ticket. Lift tickets are also transferable, so you can share them with a friend. For more information, please visit our frequently asked questions page.

The Lake Tahoe Six-Pack includes:
  • 1 ticket valid at either Heavenly, Kirkwood or Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe
  • 1 ticket valid at either Heavenly or Sierra-at-Tahoe®
  • 1 ticket valid at either Kirkwood or Sierra-at-Tahoe®
  • 1 ticket valid at either Alpine Meadows or Northstar-at-Tahoe™
  • 1 ticket valid at either Squaw Valley USA, Northstar-at-Tahoe™ or Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe
  • 1 ticket valid at either Squaw Valley USA or Alpine Meadows
These questions have been answered 100
s times.


"How long of a drive from ST to NT resorts?"

It depends whether the highway is open or not. If Emrald Bay is closed for AV control, it may take as much as 2 to 3 hours circle around the lake from NV side and that sucks. In Feb. The highway may very well be closed.

"Are shuttles provided from ST to NT and back?"

Yes and no, you can take the "Tahoe Queen" deluxe cruise for XXX amount of money, that includes transfers and lifts at Squaw..... or none....

"is this worth it? Is it difficult to get around w/ and w/o a car?"

locals do not do this kind of stuff, unless some one already bought a $1.5 million home in ST.. Like my friend Mike.

BTW, investing in Tahoe really gets good returns, Mr. Mike paid 50% down and the rental income, after all the expenses, could only cover 50% of the Mortgage.....go figure... Nevertheles, you have full view of the lake from the living room, dining room.....


The six packs are not designed for tourists with only 6 days to ski, they are design for locals...
post #13 of 18
The views from Homewood are = to or better than Heavenly IMHO.
post #14 of 18
I was all ready to help point you towards the answers to your questions, notwithstanding that they'd been answered a ton of times, until:

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Originally Posted by Bingers View Post
my friends are being fags
So now you can do the research yourself.


And what jackwan1 said.
post #15 of 18
Thread Starter 
thanks for all the great stuff guys

if anyone has any names or links to good valued hotels near heavenly/kwood lemme know please.



give you a taste of what im up against.

every morning of the ski trip im the first one up i turn on all the lights in the hotel room jump in the shower while turning on the tv at full volume and hiding the remote...if im lucky they are ready an hour after im ready.....

~the ski nazi
post #16 of 18
sounds like your gambling trip has a skiing problem...With the crew you've described, sounds like you'll have more fun if you loosen up, see some shows/gamble, and get some "hookers & blow"...
post #17 of 18
Skiing and Gambling??

Sounds like a contradiction of terms??

Skiing

Gambling

JMO.
post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by Bingers View Post
every morning of the ski trip...if im lucky they are ready an hour after im ready.....
Reduce your stress level - go with the flow. Plan to meet them at lunch (after a full morning of skiing for you).

If you are on the Heavenly shuttle route or within walking distance of the gondola, you can all start separately. And the bus to Squaw leaves from the Embassy Suites there (or at least it used to)... probably a shuttle to the boat across the lake, too. So 2 days @ Heavenly, one @ Squaw, and the a couple of days of rousting them out of bed and all travelling together. ... Easy.

Similar arrangements may work elsewhere, but that's all I have personal knowledge about.

Once caveat -- the usual urban plan for meeting -- get close, then phone -- didn't work too well. The only place I could get coverage at the mid mtn lift we were supposed to meet at (forget the name, and don't feel like looking it up) was up in the air on the middle third of the chair ride.
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