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Lake Tahoe ski season

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Is Lake Tahoe worth doing a couple of months or full season in?
I'll be travelling through California in October and could stick around for Nov/ Dec.

What's the après ski like?

Also, are working visas easy to get for UK people doing ski seasons only? Any recommended sites to look at for info.?
post #2 of 14
Nov/Dec is very hit or miss, with mostly misses. Ski Areas do not open until late Nov and that is only if it has snowed or is cold enough to make snow (iffy).

It could easily be only man made snow through Dec. Or it could snow 20+ feet like it did in Dec 1992.
post #3 of 14
StormDay is correct. November and December is more often than not a miss, but you never know and hopefully we'll get off to a good start.
post #4 of 14
Agree that you are likely to see some bigger storms and better conditions if you can stay through March.

The good part about Tahoe is that there are lots of resorts to choose from, some with very good season pass prices ahead of time, but unfortunately, there are only a few resorts that are covered on the same season pass (Sugarwood is one I know about and Northstar/Sierra is another). This means that you might get a pass for 1 or 2 resorts and have to look for ticket deals to try the others.

Although there are some good sized mountains, individual resorts are smaller than the Euro mega resorts and with a few exceptions, are somewhat separarted from each other.

Previously there were a fair amount of Southern Hem people (think cute kiwis and hot Brazilians) working at the resorts, but I know that the HB1 visas are tight this year.

South Lake has casinos and a few nightclubs that can be decent. I havn't stayed at the Northshore much, but think it is a bit more laid back.
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
The après ski any good? I've heard it's quiet by 9 pm in most American resorts.
What about Japan or NZ? Not sure I can wait in California until December comes round
post #6 of 14
Look for Samurai's posts about Japan. Queenstown is fun but the NZ season typically ends around Oct (soon) and doesn't get going again until June or July.
post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 
yeah NZ in June would be good. I should have explained I was travelling around the world but just seem to be missing ski season in the Northern hemisphere places.

I hit Japan in mid November.
I could do Hakuba although am worried that there won't be some foreigners there. I speak no Japanese
post #8 of 14
Skiing in Tahoe generally doesn't get good until late December and gets really good in late Feb through April.

Apres ski in Tahoe is pretty good in some of the towns. Keep in mind that they enforce drink-driving rules pretty seriously and if you don't stay w/in walking distance of a town, you are hitch-hiking, walking, driving or hoping for a bus. If you plan to not have a car, consider Tahoe City or Kings Beach on the north shore.

As far as working w/out a visa: Technically its illegal. You won't be able to get a visa at this point so don't even bother trying. Just look for a job where they can pay you cash. That means waiting tables, tending bar or something along those lines in a smaller establishment. Unless you have a REALLY good friend who is a US Citizen and will let you pose as them for the purposes of work - they'll end up paying taxes on your earnings so it'd have to be a really good friend and if you were to actually get caught by la migra or the IRS I suspect there'd be hell to pay for them and you'd be put on some sort of persona-non-grata list for a few years.

If you really want to ski in Tahoe, find a detour on your trip and come through later in the season when we have lots of good snow and a few of the immigrant workers have gone home for the season.
post #9 of 14

Lake Tahoe

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Originally Posted by GordonFreeman View Post
Is Lake Tahoe worth doing a couple of months or full season in?
I'll be travelling through California in October and could stick around for Nov/ Dec.
We never know when we're going to get the "big" one. The 2004-05 season started October 15th and ended May 31st. Squaw, Alpine, and Mammoth (3 hours south) usually stay open through May, snow dependent. Other areas close at the end of April. November's iffy, December is usually okay at Squaw and Mammoth. It's definitely worth doing a full season.

Not sure about the work thing...cheers.
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post #11 of 14

New Zealand, awesome

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Originally Posted by GordonFreeman View Post
yeah NZ in June would be good. I should have explained I was travelling around the world but just seem to be missing ski season in the Northern hemisphere places.

I hit Japan in mid November.
I could do Hakuba although am worried that there won't be some foreigners there. I speak no Japanese
NZ is best July thru September and don't miss Mt. Hutt, the best skiing in the country without a heli. Queenstown is a great party town and the home of Icebreaker if you love wool.
The southern stars are great, too.
post #12 of 14
I disagree with Tahoe's season length. Try to hit it January-February. By March the snow can get too warm. A powder day in Heavenly's trees is some of the best tree skiing anywhere as the whole mountain is open to tree skiing with twisted pines 10-15 feet apart, everywhere. Don't like skiing above timberline, much.
post #13 of 14

there are 20,000,000 illegals in the

we are happy to have you work. just skip the anchor baby, welfare, and free health care please
post #14 of 14
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I disagree with Tahoe's season length. Try to hit it January-February. By March the snow can get too warm.
The snow can get too warm in January and February as well. March is usually are best month to ski...but then again typical is always not typical around here. As far as epic tree skiing, I think you can find fantastic glades from coast to coast.

It's suppose to snow this weekend...lows in the teens...let's all hope.
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