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I'm going with my ski buds to Tahoe in a couple of weeks...need some tips to help logistics run smoove-ly.
We'll be staying in South Lake Tahoe and need some pointers.
Ski Rentals: yeah, we're Flatlanders. Seems silly to buy skis and have them collect dust for most of the year. Any decent shops in South Lake Tahoe?
Dining: Breakfast spots? Dinner? We usually try to eat at a nice place at least once during our stay, the rest can be average fare.
Entertainment:We're not there to gamble, but we like the Apres Ski...any brewpubs?
We really like beer.
Beer: Did I mention we like beer?
Misc. pointers:...very big mountains with trees...I'm thinking a brain bucket might be apropos?
post #2 of 13
Spatenator, well your timing should be pretty good, with all the snow TAHOE just recieved. I have spent a couple of weeks skiing in TAHOE over the years. I can't answer all of your questions but I think I can help direct you. I am actually headed out to Tahoe Jan 26th for a week too - can't wait.

Anyway, Depending on where you are staying check with your hotel, timeshare etc. There are some really good discounts in Tahoe for getting rental equipment for a week. I stayed in a Time Share out their three years ago and they were offering some deeply discounted rates through the timeshare organization. I can't help you out with specific shops though.

There are a lot of nice resturants in Tahoe for every price range as well. There is a place on the 9 or 10th floor of Harrah's - a Steakhouse (can't remember the name) but a very nice place, good service and some sweet views of the lake at sunset from several stories above the trees. Prices were 20 - 40.00 dollars per entre. Alex's steakhouse is a cool Japanese hibache place which is fun with a lot of friends.

I don't know if they have any brewpubs in Tahoe or not, but there is an endless number of bars. The Heavenly village (@ the bottom of the gondola) have a number of bars with in walking distance. The California lodge a more traditional apres-ski bar at the bottom of Gun Barrel which can be pretty cool, but closes up shop around 5 or 6 after mountain employees leave.

Heavenly has some of the best tree skiing in the country, for all kinds of skiier levels. The trees are widley spaced in many areas. Just start out easy on a low angle slope the get the hang of it. Especially if you only ski a few days a year. It really has some amazing views too. Bring a camera on nice days to snap some pictures. I would also try to hit a few of the other resorts though also. Sqaw, Alpine on the Northshore are great places to ski.

Do a search for Tahoe on the main forum page you will find endless blogs about Tahoe and they may help you get a better feel for what you are looking for. Hope you have a great trip.:
post #3 of 13
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Tree skiing..yeah, I'm thinking helmet fer sure.
Thx, man.
post #4 of 13
We just got back from Tahoe, but stayed in Genoa, NV, instead of S. Lake Tahoe where it sounds like you are. Although the Red Hut had a REALLY good breakfast. It's located on the Tahoe side of Kingsbury Pass. I think it Rte. 757? Check the Powder House for rentals. They've got a location right across the street from the gondola base at Heavenly.
post #5 of 13
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Bump...any sources for discount lift tickets?
I read something about REI in Reno on another thread.
post #6 of 13

Snowbomb?

REI is good for discounts, as is Snowbomb at http://www.snowbomb.com/.
Have fun, rick
post #7 of 13
www.slidingonthecheap.com

And search, because your questions have been asked and answered umpteen times before.
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www.slidingonthecheap.com

And search, because your questions have been asked and answered umpteen times before.
What, there's a shortage of 1's and 0's on teh tubes?
Just lookin' fer updated info, friendo.
post #9 of 13
No, there's a shortage of time to put them up.

Sorry to interrupt your sense of entitlement, what with all you've contributed to this community and all.
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by Spatenator View Post
I'm going with my ski buds to Tahoe in a couple of weeks...need some tips to help logistics run smoove-ly.
We'll be staying in South Lake Tahoe and need some pointers.
Ski Rentals: yeah, we're Flatlanders. Seems silly to buy skis and have them collect dust for most of the year. Any decent shops in South Lake Tahoe?
Dining: Breakfast spots? Dinner? We usually try to eat at a nice place at least once during our stay, the rest can be average fare.
Entertainment:We're not there to gamble, but we like the Apres Ski...any brewpubs?
We really like beer.
Beer: Did I mention we like beer?
Misc. pointers:...very big mountains with trees...I'm thinking a brain bucket might be apropos?
1. best demo rentals are at heavenly CA base lodge itself - new sharp skis - also most expensive. otherwise, powderhouse. many other rental shops.
2. Dining -the burger lounge. breakfast? the place on 50 about 1/2 mile west of the"Y" (north side (same side as K-mart) - otherwise that bagel shop next to sprouts - rude brothers or something like that (on south lake tahoe blvd); Dinner - far too many choices - suggest somewhere on ski run blvd - stay away from the lake. Brewpubs - yes but I wouldn't classify the beer as anything special. I recommend the Divided Sky in Meyers - it has decent tap beer and live music and better food - freeskiers from kirkwood seem to hang out there.
3. big mountains with trees #1 is heavenly itself - most trees. Kirkwood also has large areas with slightly less trees with some traversing - farther away, fewer people. Don't hit any trees - they are very hard and unforgiving.
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No, there's a shortage of time to put them up.

Sorry to interrupt your sense of entitlement, what with all you've contributed to this community and all.
THIS is why I love skiing, and the Internets.
Snobbery abounds in both.
I'm sure your time is extraordinarily valuable, I'm just grateful you had time to stop by and admonish a "n00b".
Places close, new places open, blah blah blah.I don't want to make time to swing by a recommended dining spot only to see it's been closed for 2 years.
post #12 of 13

Try Orchid's Thai

Just east of the Y (50 & 89) on Lake Tahoe Blvd.
We've eaten there many times and really like it.
You Austin folks do eat more than BBQ, right? :-)
Just kidding - we lived in Austin for 15 years ourselves.
Hope this catches you before you leave.
Enjoy your Tahoe visit. Cheers, rickp
post #13 of 13

Great Resource for dining, lodging, etc.

check out this site, it has all kinds of information on dining, lodging, ski areas, entertainment and activities and more. http://www.gotahoenorth.com. I used it when I was planning my trip and it was a great help.
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