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23yo, cant rent a car how do i ski lake tahoe?

post #1 of 22
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i want to plan a trip to lake tahoe.

should i fly into san fran, or reno? how do i get to heavenly? ideas for car rentals? cheap hotels? im looking for the cheapest expenses, and skiing the most i can.
post #2 of 22
I think it would be easier to fly to Reno. From there you should be able to get a shuttle to South Lake Tahoe. You should be able to stay in South Lake Tahoe not far from Heavenly for a reasonable rate. Look at snowbomb.com for lodging. There are no doubt a lot of other epic members who know more and can make great suggestions.

Timing of your stay will drive the rates. Preseason rates are very low (for a reason). Holiday rates are highest.

Good Luck! Hope you have a great time!!!
post #3 of 22
im confused...why cant you rent a car?
post #4 of 22
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Originally Posted by Xtremity View Post
im confused...why cant you rent a car?
cause he is 23 if you staying at a nice hotel rent though them and then you find a loop hole to renting a car. Or lie make fake IDs whatever it takes but dont let silly rules dictate your adult life.
post #5 of 22
You can bus from Reno to Southshore. Heavenly is walkable, Sierra at Tahoe has a free shuttle, bout 45 min drive, Kirkwood may have shuttle or you can hitch a ride after you meet some folks in Tahoe. There is usually a ferry across the lake to Squaw I believe.

Best room deals may be on the lake side of Tahoe blvd. Check google ie Tahoe motels. Ususally in the $100/night range for the ma and pa places depending on dates and how many people. Food is inexpensive at the smaller places around town.

check these out:http://www.snowbomb.com/

http://www.skitahoe.com/lake-tahoe-skiing
post #6 of 22
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cause he is 23 if you staying at a nice hotel rent though them and then you find a loop hole to renting a car. Or lie make fake IDs whatever it takes but dont let silly rules dictate your adult life.
Well, if he lies and gets in a wreck ( even if its not his fault ), they will definitely affect his adult life.
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post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
cause he is 23 if you staying at a nice hotel rent though them and then you find a loop hole to renting a car. Or lie make fake IDs whatever it takes but dont let silly rules dictate your adult life.
Bushwacker, this is NOT sound advice!

I have a great idea..............PM me and I'll give you BWPA's phone number. He'll be happy to join you for some fun and skiing!
post #9 of 22
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Bushwacker, this is NOT sound advice!

I have a great idea..............PM me and I'll give you BWPA's phone number. He'll be happy to join you for some fun and skiing!
better advice is to come to utah where 25 is not the age to rent a car at most places due to the young population. or you could come here and ski with a nut job.

FYI me and my little sister have successfully rented a car with our parents time shares, in florida. IF you cna rent a car though the place your are staying its a very nice loophole.
post #10 of 22
I never had that problem - you really need to ask if you can pay a small fee up front to waive that age restriction. I think I used to pay $25 and they'd waive it.
post #11 of 22
If you are on a budget stay in Reno at one of the casinos and take their bus up each day. It's usually included in the packages. It's a bit of a ride but they usually leave early enough to make it a full day. Just take your coffee and breakfast to go and eat on the way. Definitely fly into Reno.
post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
better advice is to come to utah where 25 is not the age to rent a car at most place due to a the young population. or you could come here and ski with a nut job.

FYI me and my little sister have successfully rented a car with our parents time shares, in florida. IF you cna rent a car though the place your are staying its a very nice loophole.
I'll give you that! Some vacation packages and/or lodging includes a loophole for car rental that gets around the age requirement.
post #13 of 22
Okay, here's some REAL advice from a local.

1. There are several ski buses in/around San Francisco

http://www.nacski.com/

http://www.bayareaskibus.com/


2. There are a number of ride-share oriented groups based in the SF Bay Area.

The most pre-eminant of these is Snow Pals.

People are always posting ride-shares here.

http://www.snowpals.org/


3. Northstar (and other resorts) often list ride sharing and public transportation options on their website (after all, it's to their benefit to get you to the hill to spend $$ on lessons, lift tickets, and food)

http://www.northstarattahoe.com/info...huttles.asp#sf

4. I am willing to bet that just about every local ski shop has a message board (Lombardis, REI, Mountain West, Cali Ski Company, Any Mountain). Check with them to see if they offer a ride share message board (more often than not this will be a physical board located at the shop where people tack up notes). Though they might have online forums, as well.

5. Most of the colleges and junior colleges also have message boards (again, usually a physical board located in the studen union). Check there, as well. They might also have online forums, too.

6. You can always post here on Epic and over at TGR and on various ski resort message boards in the "Hooking Up" section and fish for a ride.


MY BAD...the OP was very brief with his/her info. The subject header led me to believe that they were a 23 year old based in SF...upon further inspection it sounds like this is an out-of-towner, right?

Basic info that would help with advice to be dispensed would be:

1. Are you visiting from out of town?
2. Where are you coming from?
3. Are you planning a week long stay or is this just a weekend/day trip?
4. Are you visiting for the first time?
5. Are you just concerned about skiing or do you want some sight-seeing, as well (this would affect whether to suggest Reno, SFO, Oakland or Sacto as a point of entry).

All of this info is helpful in giving you the best advice...I read your post quickly and assumed you were a San Francisco based skier who can't rent a car, thus my advice was tailored to the weekend warrior looking to get up to the mountains.

If you are coming from out-of-state and looking to spend a week or more in Tahoe, then the options are vastly different.

You would probably want to fly into Reno and then take a bus from there to SLT (which is closest and will offer the greatest number of lodging choices). You will be able to ski Heavenly and Sierra at Tahoe without the need of a car. If you want to hit Incline, Mt. Rose, or Kirkwood then you'll have to arrange transportation.

It really boils down to where you are coming from, how long you'll be staying, and a few other parameters.

Another site to check:

http://www.slidingonthecheap.com/
post #14 of 22
Are you a college student or recent grad? Your college or alumni association might have arrangements with car rental agencies so you can rent a car under 25.
post #15 of 22
I have rented cars for my kids, and even rented one for my daughter from SFO for drop-off in Sacramento. It wasn't expensive from Dollar, and it saved us quite a long trip. Parents can still help, or just accept the slightly higher rate for renting.
post #16 of 22
I think 25 yrs of age is not the rule for all car companies. Back in college (4 yrs ago), my roommate and I flew into Reno for Spring Break to ski Tahoe and rented an SUV without a problem. I would call around. Perhaps we got lucky since I booked it online.
post #17 of 22
Folks, the rule has changed. I do remember the time under 25 can rent a car at the big 3-4 national chain. Then a few years back, they start charging extra for the under 25. But the last couple times I rented, I noticed Hertz and Avis has turn away the under 25 crowd entirely. There's a glaring big notice on their website (and if you call them on the phone) that they don't rent to under 25's.

There maybe individual outlets that still allows under 25 driver though.

Of the options mentioned, I think the two that would work out the best are either stay in Reno and take the ski bus each day, or bus to SLT and just ski Heavenly. There's also a bus that leaves from the casino to go to Squaw, and maybe others too. The distance is kind of big, so busing each and every day can get tiresome.

So, you do have options. You just have to compare prices...
Don't remember the cost though.
post #18 of 22
If you want to keep costs down you also might want to consider skiing somewhere other than Heavenly. They have the most expensive lift tickets in the area at $78 a day (a tad cheaper if multi day). You can get a package for a room at one of the Reno casinos, lift ticket to Mt Rose, breakfast and bus to and from the airport and resort starting at about $79 per day. You can get a similar package to Alpine, Sierra and Northstar for a little more.
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by scmentz View Post
i want to plan a trip to lake tahoe.

should i fly into san fran, or reno? how do i get to heavenly? ideas for car rentals? cheap hotels? im looking for the cheapest expenses, and skiing the most i can.
Enterprise rents to 21 and up, but there is a 15 dollar per day charge. You typically don't get a choice of cars either. I just did it myself for the last few days while my car was in the shop. That really wouldn't fit your definition of cheap though. Either way, good luck.
post #20 of 22
I think Rent-a-Wreck will rent under 25, too. And "Bargain Buggies", but I don't remember if that's a national or regional chain, and actually, I don't know if they're even in business, either. When I was under 25, I worked part-time for a company that had an age waiver with Avis, so I was able to (legally) get around it...


aaron
post #21 of 22
When I went to Tahoe last year, I was able to get a cheap motel room at $36/night (should have spent a few more dollars), got a 3 day lift ticket to Heavenly for something like $39/day (through Expedia when I booked my room), took a free shuttle to Squaw, a shuttle to Sierra at Tahoe (also free I think), and a shuttle to Kirkwood (I think it was $5). There was a shop across the street from Heavenly selling off some tickets for $16/day! Unfortunately, I'd already skied 3 days there, and wanted to see the other slopes.

So make sure you check Expedia and Travelocity.
post #22 of 22
Take a risk......got to the airport with all of your stuff.

Hang out and watch people a while...locate a cool looking 30-50 age couple (or a group of guys) you know are going skiing. Approach and simply ask.....

"I thought I could rent a car but I cannot...would you be so kind as to give me a lift...." Be nice, offer to carry EVERYTHING. Give or at least offer gas money...buy the lunch or snak on the way...

You may get an offer of a ride back.
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