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Tahoe in March, condo options

post #1 of 23
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Looking west now from East, need a 3br condo on the northshore. We would prefer ski/in ski out but I know that will limit to one resort. We are open to Kirkwood, Alpine MEadows ect, please give me some choices.
post #2 of 23
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What about Heavenly? There is a bunch of slopeside there it seems.
post #3 of 23
If you are going North Shore (the best shore ) you are gonna be looking at skiing Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley, Northstar, Sugar Bowl, Mt. Rose, or one of the other smaller north shore resorts. Northstar and Squaw Valley each have ski in/out options.

Heavenly and Kirkwood are both south shore. Kirkwood is a ways away from the lake though.
post #4 of 23
Sugarbowl has lodging at the base I believe. But you are a bit of a drive from other north shore mountains. Squaw & Northstar each put you very close to other options for the day. Real close. Not sure I'd consider Heavenly accomodations as "ski in/ski out" or even slopeside, though access to the gondola is right there. Kirkwood has condos at the base. Again, a bit of a drive to other Tahoe resorts.

The nice thing about Squaw or Northstar, is they have much more to their "villages" than Solitude does(thinking about your diva trip) and each are a short jaunt to 2 towns. Truckee to the North, Tahoe city to the South. And other ski areas in between. Everything is very close on the North shore. Either way, you can have a "snow rematch", head into the snow bank with "the kid". I'm sure he'd be happy to throw some snowballs your way. He'd be smart if he recruited the queen of snowball fights for his side the next time.
post #5 of 23
Sorry Phil, I forgot about the Nevada side of Heavenly. Stagecoach lodge & Boulder lodge. Dunno what all is there, but that would make for ski in/ski out. And being March, (trying not to jinx ya) drive to North shore resorts maybe 45 mins ?
post #6 of 23
If you need ski-in, ski-out on the north shore, you are looking at Squaw or Northstar for the most part. Unless you sublet a condo from me or AlpineDad, in which case you can get that at Alpine (there are very few condos at Alpine on the hill). The skiing at Squaw is way better and more challenging than N*, but if you ski at Okemo, you'll probably find N* plenty challenging and familiar (groomed runs cut through trees vs. steeps and chutes and relatively few trees at Squaw and Alpine).

If you rent a car you open the options up a lot. Then you can ski where you want but don't have ski-home.

Heavenly has a gondola that goes down the the village on the Nevada side. That's an option, especially if you like to drink and gamble at night.

I'd say look at at the options at Squaw.
post #7 of 23
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The trip is a family trip with most of the skiers being solid 6-8 level and only my son and I looking for double black terrain. It is more for the rest of the family than me, I have a couple of other trips planned that I will get to ski that stuff.

I see Heavenly has much more in slopeside than the others, might focus there.
post #8 of 23
If 6-8 are your focus, I would again recomend Northstar. It has a very similar feel to Okemo, and if you and your son get board, a day trip to Squaw/Alpine is only 20 mins a away. Make sure to get in to Truckee on day/evening as well.
post #9 of 23
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If 6-8 are your focus, I would again recomend Northstar. It has a very similar feel to Okemo, and if you and your son get board, a day trip to Squaw/Alpine is only 20 mins a away. Make sure to get in to Truckee on day/evening as well.
Looking at Condo pricing, Northstar is 1.5-2x more than Heavenly. Worth it?
post #10 of 23
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Looking at Condo pricing, Northstar is 1.5-2x more than Heavenly. Worth it?
No.

But how long are you thinking about staying? I presume a week with weekends on either side?

Everyone laughs when I recommend this, but look seriously at Granlibakken. It's a little south of Tahoe City, has reasonably priced larger format condos (in classic 70s style), an awesome breakfast buffet is included, and there are shuttles directly from Granlibakken to Squaw, Alpine (both front and back sides), Northstar, Homewood, and I think even Sugarbowl. It will allow you maximum flexibility without the need to drive, and reasonable prices to boot. The only time I'd avoid it is during holiday weeks, when the drive through Tahoe City will be a nightmare.
post #11 of 23
In case I wasn't clear, assuming you're spending a while, the sweet thing about Granlibakken would be the flexibility.

Everything at Squaw and Alpine is on wind hold during a storm? Hit Homewood.

You and your son can't stand the idea of spending a third day at Flatstar?* The rest of your crew takes the shuttle there, and you hit Squaw or Alpine.

A foot of fresh fell overnight? The whole crew takes the shuttle to the back side of Alpine, lapping first tracks in the bowls -- intermediates ski right off Sherwood, others ski down or left. By the time the rest of the world makes it across High Traverse, you're taking a break to enjoy a latte at the Ice Bar.



* You'll probably pull your hair out if you have to ski a week at Northstar.
post #12 of 23
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No.

But how long are you thinking about staying? I presume a week with weekends on either side?

Everyone laughs when I recommend this, but look seriously at Granlibakken. It's a little south of Tahoe City, has reasonably priced larger format condos (in classic 70s style), an awesome breakfast buffet is included, and there are shuttles directly from Granlibakken to Squaw, Alpine (both front and back sides), Northstar, Homewood, and I think even Sugarbowl. It will allow you maximum flexibility without the need to drive, and reasonable prices to boot. The only time I'd avoid it is during holiday weeks, when the drive through Tahoe City will be a nightmare.
Usually an option, but some in our party prefer staying at or very close to the mountain. We stayed in Sandy one trip to Utah and we still here that it was like staying in the suburbs and never felt like a ski trip.
post #13 of 23
FWIW the Boulder and Stagecoach areas at Heavenly are really nice. All weather access to the mountain without worrying about wind holds, and I think the best skiing (North Bowl, Olympic, Motts) is accessed from there. If you are going to ski more than 5 days, check into a Heavenly season pass now.

As you know, you can reach most Tahoe area ski areas pretty easily from Heavenly, and find much more to do in South Lake, still retreating to a classic ski area ambiance. Given the goals of your trip, I don't see how you can go wrong. If we have good snow, Heavenly has plenty of challenge and even out of bounds now reached through gates. Anyway, hope to meet you and yours if you end up out here.
post #14 of 23
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FWIW the Boulder and Stagecoach areas at Heavenly are really nice. All weather access to the mountain without worrying about wind holds, and I think the best skiing (North Bowl, Olympic, Motts) is accessed from there. If you are going to ski more than 5 days, check into a Heavenly season pass now.

As you know, you can reach most Tahoe area ski areas pretty easily from Heavenly, and find much more to do in South Lake, still retreating to a classic ski area ambiance. Given the goals of your trip, I don't see how you can go wrong. If we have good snow, Heavenly has plenty of challenge and even out of bounds now reached through gates. Anyway, hope to meet you and yours if you end up out here.
I'll warn you when it gets near
post #15 of 23
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Usually an option, but some in our party prefer staying at or very close to the mountain. We stayed in Sandy one trip to Utah and we still here that it was like staying in the suburbs and never felt like a ski trip.
There's a big difference between staying in Sandy and staying in Tahoe City.

Look at Granlibakken's location on Google Maps, and click "terrain." Remember that Tahoe is a lake surrounded by moutains.
post #16 of 23
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There's a big difference between staying in Sandy and staying in Tahoe City.

Look at Granlibakken's location on Google Maps, and click "terrain." Remember that Tahoe is a lake surrounded by moutains.
Sorry, my bad. I assumed that it was away from the lake.
post #17 of 23
It's not actually on the lake, but it's a great location. A little too far to walk anywhere for dinner, unfortunately, but since we last stayed there (five or six years ago), they've added dinner at the restaurant. The kitchenettes are decent, as I recall, and of course, there's some spectacular dining, as well as some good reasonably priced options, only a short drive away in Tahoe City. (And in a pinch, you can get pizza delivered.)

Come to think of it, wasn't ESA Tahoe based out of Granlibakken a couple years back? Someone who went should chime in.
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Good point, Woodstock. Also be sure to check craigslist (sfbay, sacramento, and reno).
post #20 of 23
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Good point, Woodstock. Also be sure to check craigslist (sfbay, sacramento, and reno).
And to take the point even further, I just recollected that we rented a place with other family in January 2005 (we were there for that massive snow at the beginning of January that year) that is listed there: http://www.vrbo.com:80/46242. Nice large house in Incline Village, overlooking the lake with a beautiful view (obscured by snow for most of the time we were there, as I recall). Well worth the money and, with a large enough group, I wouldn't hesitate to stay there again.

Edit to add - And there were a few nekkid lady pictures/paintings in the game room/bar downstairs. Sweeeeeeet. (Nothing I think you'd be worried to have your family around.)

Edit one more time to add - If you're Catholic (and even if you're not - I'm a non-believer, myself), the new Catholic church in Incline Village absolutely rocks. Definitely worth checking out if you have any inclination to attend services.
post #21 of 23
This real estate company usually has some good rentals in/around Tahoe City: http://www.enjoytahoe.com/
post #22 of 23
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Will check them out, thanks
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Will check them out, thanks
No prob; you might want to call them with your needs because it will save time and they can help orient you around the Lake. Good luck.
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