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Tahoe resorts this week?

post #1 of 18
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I'm headed out to Tahoe this week and was wondering how the conditions are?   I know it's not supposed to snow until maybe next week and we'll have to deal with frozen, then corn.  I've personally never skied in California/Nevada, and would love some tips.  


We've got the Epic pass, so we'll be staying in South Lake Tahoe and skiing Heavenly for sure.  6 total days of skiing and we don't mind buying lift tickets elsewhere.  The only real plan I have is to try to max out runs by starting in Nevada and working west as the day goes on. 

Any other ideas?



 
post #2 of 18
Heavenly season pass holder here.
You should consider Heavenly as 4 separate mountains.  In fact it is, as it is so freaking huge. 

[1] California
[2] Nevada - mott/killibrew Canyon
[3] Nevada - upper
[4] Nevada - lower

My suggestion is to stay at one area for entire half day or entire day and do not traverse back and forth between mountains/areas.  So, ski the California side in the morning and the Nevada-upper in the same afternoon.  Or better yet, ski california on day one and Nevada on day two, etc

I am not sure what the condition is up in the mountain.  But based on past experience, I think you are looking at ice in the morning, with coral reefs on top of moguls.  The moguls should be soften up by around 11:00.  Skiing will be great until around 2 when the whole mountain turns into slurpee. 

Instead of slurpee-ing, it is time to grab a beer at the Umbrella bar.

I really do not see any reason to ski anywhere else if you get to ski Heavenly with a pass.  But you can consider taking a shuttle bus for I think $10 round trip to Squaw Valley and find out what it is.  Squaw used to have mid week discount pass for like $40 or $50.  You can check with its website.

You can forget the rest of them.  Nothing measures up.
post #3 of 18
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Originally Posted by agent.5 View Post

Heavenly season pass holder here.
You should consider Heavenly as 4 separate mountains.  In fact it is, as it is so freaking huge. 

[1] California
[2] Nevada - mott/killibrew Canyon
[3] Nevada - upper
[4] Nevada - lower

My suggestion is to stay at one area for entire half day or entire day and do not traverse back and forth between mountains/areas.  So, ski the California side in the morning and the Nevada-upper in the same afternoon.  Or better yet, ski california on day one and Nevada on day two, etc

I am not sure what the condition is up in the mountain.  But based on past experience, I think you are looking at ice in the morning, with coral reefs on top of moguls.  The moguls should be soften up by around 11:00.  Skiing will be great until around 2 when the whole mountain turns into slurpee. 

Instead of slurpee-ing, it is time to grab a beer at the Umbrella bar.

I really do not see any reason to ski anywhere else if you get to ski Heavenly with a pass.  But you can consider taking a shuttle bus for I think $10 round trip to Squaw Valley and find out what it is.  Squaw used to have mid week discount pass for like $40 or $50.  You can check with its website.

You can forget the rest of them.  Nothing measures up.

 

Umm....."nothing else measures up."??.....Can you say Kirkwood.?? Anyone and everyone absolutly loves Kirkwood. Can you say Alpine Meadows.??....Anyone and everyone loves Alpine Meadows. Then there is Sugarbowl and Homewood, which I have heard little or even nothing pessimistic about those 2 mountains.

In fact, the only mountain in Tahoe that gets slapped around is, umm......Heavenly.

To the OP....consider your options. Tahoe is skiers heaven...don't miss out.
post #4 of 18
Not even close, especially when Heavenly is FREE, while you have to pay money for the rest of them.
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Umm....."nothing else measures up."??.....Can you say Kirkwood.?? Anyone and everyone absolutly loves Kirkwood. Can you say Alpine Meadows.??....Anyone and everyone loves Alpine Meadows. Then there is Sugarbowl and Homewood, which I have heard little or even nothing pessimistic about those 2 mountains.

 
post #5 of 18
 agent5 is right.  kirkwood is not even close--it gets skied out immediately, everywhere.  on sun-days, the area becomes like water, rather than corn.  the lifts never work--break down constantly.  each and every time you hit the bottom after all the short runs, you have to push-push-push to the next lift.  not to mention the approximately $10 it costs in gas to get there and back. that's why the locals don't bother with kirkwood--only those from the flat lands go there, since it is closer to stockton, etc.  and if you are really a local, you know the "back"way around the mountain, see no people and still have fresh tracks, even at this time of year.  got some of 'em today...

squaw, however, is also incredible.  they have beautiful bowls to ski, which heavenly doesn't have (although heavenly has incredible trees).  alpine meadows is also a great place, although they don't offer more than squaw and cost the same amount.  

agent5s assessment of heavenly conditions (today) are right on--icy in the morning, corn in the afternoons, depending on what part you ski.  the nice thing about heavenly is that the mountain faces so many ways, so you can "follow the sun" and hit the parts with the kind of snow you are looking for.  

if you ARE interested in trying out other mountains, certainly squaw and probably alpine meadows.  mt. rose is also a wonderful place, although i don't know how their snow is holding up.

the season here isn't over yet--most locals predict one more smallish storm...  we'll see.
post #6 of 18
sorry--i made a mistake here--
when i said "and if you are really a local, you know the "back" way around the mountain, see no people and still have fresh tracks, even at this time of year.. got some of 'em today"--i was referring to HEAVENLY.  There is no "back"way around kirkwood--it is so visible everywhere that it is tracked out immediately.

so IF you can catch a local who stays away from the groomed runs, and IF they are willing to share stashes (which Heavenly locals seem more inclined to do, likewise squaw people), then by all means, ASK.  Amazingly, Heavenly and Squaw season pass holders are really friendly.

Re homewood--great little mountain, beautiful views.  BUT, it often becomes too slushy too early, and their snowpack is often lower, since they are so near the lake.  but definitely worth checking out.  Very nice people there.

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   and if you are really a local, you know the "back"way around the mountain, see no people and still have fresh tracks, even at this time of year.  got some of 'em today...
 
post #7 of 18
Thread Starter 
 Thanks guys!  I am not a big fan of groomers and would love to find some stashes.  We'll be sure to ask around!  I hate to say that I'm bummed we won't have a pow day, but it's gonna be great to see the views, plus it won't hurt my attempt to improve the tele-skills.
post #8 of 18
 rhino512--
come on out to tahoe and have a wonderful time!  The lake is beautiful, there's still snow on all the peaks around the lake, we have plenty of snow at the resorts!  And do ask around--californians are funny people: if you're nice, generally we'll be nice back...
see you on the mountain!
post #9 of 18
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by drjoyous View Post

 rhino512--
come on out to tahoe and have a wonderful time!  The lake is beautiful, there's still snow on all the peaks around the lake, we have plenty of snow at the resorts!  And do ask around--californians are funny people: if you're nice, generally we'll be nice back...
see you on the mountain!


Thanks man!  If any of you guys will be out this week and want a couple of buddies to cut turns with, lemmie know!
Edited by rhino512 - 3/21/10 at 10:22pm
post #10 of 18
 There are a couple pictures here, just in case you're wondering.....
http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/92904/tahoe-hoe-hoe-philpug-coming-to-the-lake#post_1209183
post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by drjoyous View Post

  mt. rose is also a wonderful place, although i don't know how their snow is holding up.

the season here isn't over yet--most locals predict one more smallish storm...  we'll see.





 

Yes, Mt Rose is still in very good shape - but don't tell everyone about it!!  We kinda like having it to ourselves although we are very friendly to those visitors who don't want to try to turn it into CA   

Weather is getting a little cooler this week but no indications of our late season storm yet
post #12 of 18
Thread Starter 
 Thanks for the info guys.  Yesterday wasn't too bad, but nothing in the trees ever did soften up.  I'm afraid today is going to be a little difficult.  It's supposed to be cooler, windier, and not as much sun with a (hopefully) approaching small storm tonight.  It may never soften up today, but we'll make the best of it. 

I have been amazed at just how beautiful it is here.  Absolutely stunning!
post #13 of 18
 Useless without pics! 
post #14 of 18
Thread Starter 
 You win!  I'll have some posted tonight.  
post #15 of 18
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 Thanks for the info guys.  Yesterday wasn't too bad, but nothing in the trees ever did soften up.  I'm afraid today is going to be a little difficult.  It's supposed to be cooler, windier, and not as much sun with a (hopefully) approaching small storm tonight.  It may never soften up today, but we'll make the best of it. 

I have been amazed at just how beautiful it is here.  Absolutely stunning!
Try going into gate 6 of mott then traversing way skiiers left.  That is the sunniest/softest area of the entire resort.  Also after Mott closes at 3:00 then gunbarrel usually is ready (along with the trees way skiiers left of gunnbarrel)

Though looking at the weather forecast there may not be a good all mountain corn day till friday or saturday :-(
post #16 of 18
I second Bullhorn's recommendation re: Mott @ gate 6.  Especially between 11-2 or so.  

Killebrew has a few similar exposures that pick up nearly as much sun, at least from what we saw last week.  If I remember right Gate C, to skiers left (or any of the lower gates near "The Y" if they're open)...
post #17 of 18
Thread Starter 
 Last night, Heavenly got 3 inches up top, which was far from a pow day.  It was however some really good snow.  Milky Way was pretty epic, because snow was being blown on it all day, and even though it didn't snow during the day, I kept getting fresh tracks in the same spot.  I'll post pics and get this thing moved back to the TR forum when I get home.  It's snowing again tonight and we met up with a couple of locals and are hanging out with them at Squaw tomorrow.  I'm super excited!
post #18 of 18
sounds like you're having a great trip
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