Hi everyone. I'm about to pull the early trigger for a season pass, but I need some help.
I started off my first Tahoe season this year at Northstar/Sierra. It was nice, but I can't say it was completely exciting. As with any day on the mountain, I had a good time and counted my blessings each day that I was able to do it.
In the midst of milking every drop of value from my Double Whammy pass, I never got the chance to try out other Tahoe resorts.
I checked out Squaw Valley last weekend, and it seemed like the variety of challenges was exactly what I was looking for. It also didn't seem like the drive would be much worse than Northstar in a storm. (Don't have a Subie. )
Three complicating factors:
1. Squaw is ~40% more expensive than Kirkwood or Heavenly. Although this is a minimal issue, it is something I want to keep in mind.
2. I'm a prodigal-son mountain biker. I laid off riding last year, but I'm getting back into it again this year. It'd be nice to have some lift-served light FR as a lazy option. Kirkwood offers an add-on summer pass, but it seems to be located relatively in the middle of nowhere. Is there good AM/light-FR riding (not necessarily lift-served) near Kirkwood?
3. Sidecountry. I want to venture into it. Been slowly collecting the necessary stuff (equipment, safety equipment) and skills, and figure will be ready by the end of next season. (Backcountry might be another year or two away). But Squaw has that closed-boundary policy.
Which would you pull the trigger on?
Great thanks for any help and/or insight that is offered.