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South Lake Tahoe recommendations (where to stay)

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Myself and a buddy are thinking first week in March.  We'd prefer to stay at or very close to the casinos and minimize driving to nightlife. 

For skiing, we're looking at Heavenly and Kirkwood and maybe shoot over to Squaw, roads permitting.  Heavenly has some decent packages but you're committed to Heavenly, lift ticket-wise.

Does anyone know of a place to stay that is neutral in regards to the ski areas?  Maybe giving us discount tickets regardless of where we want to ski that day?
post #2 of 16
We usually stay at a Marriot near the gondola. This last trip we stayed at Forest Suites Resort, right across the back street from the gondola. I liked the Marriot better, but my hubby says Forest Suites was significantly cheaper.
post #3 of 16
If you are skiing heavenly then stay at the Marriot Grand Residance.  There are many places on vbro or craigs list (sacramento or bay area) for a good price.
post #4 of 16
I used to stay at lakeland village when I visited south shore often.  It's not right at the gondy village but it's cheaper and they run private shuttles that will pick you up or drop you off wherever you want.
post #5 of 16
We just stayed a week at the Embassy Suites which is two blocks from the Gondola. It is pricey but you get a great breakfast and 2 hour open bar starting at 4:30. The pool and hotub are nice and Harrahs is right next door. Ryan's Express runs a bus to Kirkwood for $65... they picked us up at 7:40.
post #6 of 16
My wife and I stayed at Harvey's a couple of times.  Real good midweek ski and stay packages.  Shuttle to Heavenly and bus to other areas.  Walk downstairs to all the nightlife you want.  Actually made a little money there last time.
post #7 of 16
we stayed at this motel over xmas. 2 blocks from the gondola ,clean sheets, breakfast,$50 a night during the week/ $100 on fri sat---->http://www.thebigpines.com/index.php?page=accommodations
post #8 of 16
only answering for heavenly and staying within walking from the casinos:

-if you want dirt cheap, go to black jack; cheap but respectable - travelodge, or nice - i go with harrahs.
post #9 of 16
Kirkwood and squaw are 21/2 hours apart.  Stay in southshore at Marriott, Embassy, Mont Blu, Harrahs, Harveys or any place you can get a good deal.  Ski Heavenly, they have plenty of great terrain to entertain you, and the views are amazing.  Otherwise, just go stay and ski Squaw, the best mountain up here, and forget the nightlife.
post #10 of 16
DYNAMITE - Does/will Harvey's arrange lift passes and ski hire? Is it reasonable? I'm going in April and trying to find out whether best to pre-book equipment and passes or wait until we get there.
post #11 of 16
Lee, check out Harvey's web site.  The package now offers 5% off lift tickets.  Back when we went, they were included.  I'd wait to get rentals and tickets.  In April you don't know what the conditions will be.
post #12 of 16

This is all good info (though very vague) as I am thinking of Tahoe in April as well.

I don't like terms like a "good deal at Embassy Suites.?? How much $$$ is what we are looking for. Specifically...

post #13 of 16
Keep in mind that Heavenly is scheduled to shutdown 18 April 2010.
post #14 of 16
there must be some great deals if you look around. The Horizon is beyond empty everytime i walk through it. With the gondola coming right into town south lake tahoe is much improved. However any more than a 2 block walk in ski boots is a pain and the lockers by the gondola are ridiculously expensive at $8 and there is no parking in close. I gravitate toward the motels because of the savings, but with packages some of the nicer casinos are probably not exorbitant.
post #15 of 16
I've stayed at the Forrest Suites and at Harvey's.  Deals can be found at both places.  Oh, and ski where you want.  I've skied Squaw, Kirkwood and Sierra on both of my SLT trips.  The drive to Squaw isn't that bad.  There's also a SLT shuttle to Squaw and one to Sierra.  Kirkwood requires a little bit more $$$ to get to.  If you have a rental, then no worries. 
post #16 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the replys.  Gonna try to hash this out tomorrow, a week before we leave.  Don't usually do it this way but I'm keeping my fingers crossed for some last minute deals.
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