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LAKE TAHOE - Looking for 2 recommended ski areas area

post #1 of 5
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We are looking to plan a 4 day ski trip at Tahoe late March.  Plan to ski both Heavenly and Squaw at least one day each.  Looking for suggestions to two other ski areas for our other two open dates.  Any advice, or recommendations?
post #2 of 5
It depends on where you are staying and your ability levels and desired terrain types.  Without having much info Kirkwood and Sierra-At-Tahoe are your main options if you are based out of south lake tahoe. Alpine meadows & Sugarbowl if you are closer to Tahoe city/Truckee/etc.  Northstar if you enjoy crowds and lots of consistant mellow groomers. If you are staying in Reno or Incline village Mt. Rose is close too.   If it happens to be a raging storm and you are on the northwest shore Homewood will be running when Squaw/Alpine/etc are on wind hold and while it doesn't have a lot of challenging terrain it is protected from the wind and has great views of the lake.
post #3 of 5
It depends on what you are looking for and where you are staying.  If staying near Heavenly, Kirkwood would be a good option at that time of year.  Kirkwwod has quite a few saklow lifts, but some good terrain for all abilities. Closer to Squaw is Alpine Meadows which has a lot of good spring skiing (though it could still be winter then - you just never know).  It is similar to Squaw with a lot of bowls.  It would be best to hook up with people who know Squaw or Alpine and get them to show you around or rent an instructor.  Squaw also has free mountain tours.  At that time of year, they are not likely to be to busy.

Another option would good advanced to expert terrain is Sugar Bowl.  Northstar is an option if you want any or all of the following: long groomers; more of a resort experience (nice village); varied Apres ski activirties (like ice skating, music, etc.); fine dining (several places including the on-hill Ritz Carlton).  Northstar does not have the steeps of Squaw, Kirkwood, Alpine or Sugar Bowl, but it has some good bump runs.  Also it is a great area when it is storming and other mountains may not have complete operartion. Northstar is almost always completely open and has good tree skiing in powder or low visability. 
post #4 of 5
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Thanks for the replies.  I guess I should have added more info. We're all advanced skiers, can ski anything.  Will be staying in South Lake Tahoe, but willing to drive anywhere, we expect to do some driving.  We have been to Kirkwood, so would like to try something new.  We do have plans to ski Squaw, and Heavenly.  Looking for advanced terrain, but also bigger ski areas to experience a variety of terrain for our two remaining areas.  Thanks!
post #5 of 5
I think I would ski 2 days at Squaw and then either Sierra At Tahoe for the great tree skiing or Alpine Meadows for the bowls.  Of the 2, I prefer Sierra and it's closer to SLT.
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