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post #1 of 10
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I'm going to Lake Tahoe with some friends next month, and we've got a pretty random assortment of proficiency levels.

One of the girls was looking at the Go Tahoe North packages (http://www.gotahoenorth.com/cool-deals) , and found this deal... "Girlfriend Getaway at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort
Relax, refresh and revitalize this winter with the Girlfriend Getaway at Northstar Resort. The package includes a full 3 days of skiing or snowboarding instruction at a Northstar Resort Women’s Clinic, lodging, ski or snowboard equipment and lift tickets for all 3 days. A yoga class, lunch vouchers and a voucher for a 60-minute massage are also included. Lift tickets and equipment can be exchanged for a day of snowshoeing or cross-country skiing at the Northstar Resort Cross-Country, Snowshoe and Telemark Center...."

Since it includes the Clinic and everything, we thought it would be good for the beginners, but since this will be my first time to the area, and I'd really like some advice on whether or not this would be a good deal/location/idea for us! Any comments at all would be appreciated!

Thanks so much in advance!
post #2 of 10

Don't get stuck at Northstar

I don't know anything about the clinic, but if this is your first trip to North Tahoe and you have people with different proficiency level, you owe it to yourself not to get stuck at Northstar for all three days. In fact, of the three big resorts in the area- Northstar, Squaw Valley, and Alpine Meadows- Northstar arguably offers the least exciting skiing. Although I have my biases, I am not going to argue either way, but I suggest that you try at least a couple of resorts. If you have a car, getting to either of the mountains is not an issue, unless it is dumping (and then any one of the mountains is going to be great). So, don't get stuck at one resort with a package deal, but try to explore the area.

Random tidbits:

For beginner skiers, I personally like Squaw Valley- their beginners area is high up at the mountain, so you get to see all the views, while at most other resorts you are stuck at the base.

Northstar has a reputation of being good for beginners, which means that there will be a lot of them... Squaw is considered the expert playground, but there is still enough blue runs there. It is the truly great resort in the area, you owe it to yourself and your friends to go to Squaw at least once. (Warning: if the weather is bad, go to Northstar, high winds often close Squaw).

Rentals right at the resort would likely be the crappiest and the most expensive, you save by renting in town (Tahoe City and Truckee have more than a few outlets).

December skiing in Tahoe is a crapshoot weatherwise, last year the first decent skiing day was in January. Seems that this year should be better. Traditionally big storms come in around the holiday period.

If you get lodging in Tahoe City area you are close to all three resorts (and Alpine and Squaw run ski shuttles). This is where I would stay if it was my first visit.

Good luck, North Tahoe is a great place.

Alex

P.S. Check also the Granlibakken Resort- they used to offer a decent deal on lodging with hot breakfast and a convertible lift ticket good at any N. Tahoe resort. It even may be a better deal for your crew overall.



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Originally Posted by SkiBunny82 View Post
I'm going to Lake Tahoe with some friends next month, and we've got a pretty random assortment of proficiency levels.

One of the girls was looking at the Go Tahoe North packages (http://www.gotahoenorth.com/cool-deals) , and found this deal... "Girlfriend Getaway at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort
Relax, refresh and revitalize this winter with the Girlfriend Getaway at Northstar Resort. The package includes a full 3 days of skiing or snowboarding instruction at a Northstar Resort Women’s Clinic, lodging, ski or snowboard equipment and lift tickets for all 3 days. A yoga class, lunch vouchers and a voucher for a 60-minute massage are also included. Lift tickets and equipment can be exchanged for a day of snowshoeing or cross-country skiing at the Northstar Resort Cross-Country, Snowshoe and Telemark Center...."

Since it includes the Clinic and everything, we thought it would be good for the beginners, but since this will be my first time to the area, and I'd really like some advice on whether or not this would be a good deal/location/idea for us! Any comments at all would be appreciated!

Thanks so much in advance!
post #3 of 10
just have to say, I love Alpine Meadows, would highly recommend it.
post #4 of 10
I absolutely love Alpine Meadows, You should definitely ski at least one day there
post #5 of 10
If you plan on hitting Tahoe, Squaw is a must hit. Greens at mid mountain (over 8000 feet), a very easy blue run to the base, great lessons if you wish, superb views...

just go to squaw lol
post #6 of 10
If you hit N. Tahoe, and want a reasonably priced 4BR/3.5 BA house in Tahoe City, my friends opened theirs up this year: http://www.enjoytahoe.com/rentals/se...&rental_id=901

Variety is Tahoe's spice of life...
post #7 of 10
The Northstar deal is probably a decent one for you guys. Judging by the fact that you come from a place with a max vertical of a few hundred feet, I doubt that any of your posse is looking for extreme skiing. And you won't find anything extreme at N*. Its a self-contained resort with a village, food, skating, drinking and lodging at the base, plus plenty of terrain for a variety of skill levels up to (but not really including) expert.

Snow conditions at Northstar in December could be iffy, but that's true of all of Tahoe in December.

The Granlibakken suggestion is also a good one. They offer packages that include lift tickets at most of the local resorts (notably including Squaw and Alpine which are close by), they're close to Tahoe City - you can walk if you are feeling energetic or just want to avoid a DUI, and you'll have your choice of resorts instead of just one.

I love Alpine and ski/ride there all the time. But I suspect my skiing criteria are somewhat different from yours.
post #8 of 10
Another vote for Granlibakken. Having the shuttles to the various North Lake resorts easily available makes it easy for your group to ski together or apart and reconvene later.

I don't know the Northstar clinics, but I'd double check that they're appropriate for beginners.
post #9 of 10
well - the dates shown for the offer (late january - march) are prime, so there should be good snow then. I think you would be fine there as beginners. There is lots of beginner and intermedio terrain at northstar.

On the northlake, there are other places to stay like tahoe city, truckee, and/or granlibakken, but all are some distance (8-10 miles, farther for granlibakken) from the resorts (of squaw or alpine, granlibakken is somewhat closer to homewood - if memory serves), and without getting into the particulars, I'm not at all convinced you'd get much more at any of these than at northstar at your level. I also don't know what your take is on waiting for buses, or riding on them - especially if you're thinking is more focused on a quality experience and relaxation, than on either getting the "best deal", or the most varied skiing possible in the shortest time.

Which is not to say that Northstar is perfect; to be sure - it has relatively unremarkable, easy skiing, has few ungroomed runs, and a clumsy parking/shuttle system (for commuters). Yet while that may constitute issues for me and others, it won't be a problem for you if you are a beginner and staying at the resort.

So it looks like the package you selected is fair enough with the amenities. There are lots of these packages offered by all of the resorts. With 3 days of skiing and your desire to take instruction, and get the hang of the sport - I would advise you to simplify, pick one, and enjoy yourselves.

Please post a review when you get back and let us know how it worked out.
post #10 of 10
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granlibakken is somewhat closer to homewood - if memory serves
Yep -- also to the back side of Alpine. Technically, Granlibakken is in the southern part of Tahoe City.
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