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post #1 of 17
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So I got my ski gear, got my flight, got the hotel..... What next.

 

I signed up for a day of lessons at North Star. This is the $49 deal that they have running for the all day lesson limited lift ticket and rental gear for the day. I wonder if this is the way to go. We are both fairly new to skiing. Also looking into the Geocache activity at northstar. I wonder if the one day of lessons will be good for us or not. We would like to go to some other resorts. Not sure if we will be "experienced" enough. And from what I hear having any worry about snow the 14-19 of Dec. is gone.

 

I would like some advice for an Itinerary.

Flight arrives around 2pm on Tue the 14th will be staying at Hyatt Regency in Incline Village. We have transfers from the North Tahoe Express. Decided not to rent a car as the Hyatt has a ski shuttle. Was looking for something fun for 2 winter n00bs to experience probably this afternoon.

Wed. the 15th is when as of now we are signed up for the $49 deal at Northstar.

Thur the 16th- should we do another 49$ deal? a private lesson? A different ski area?

Fri the 17th- Possible snowmobile tour

Sat the 18th- Possible snowshoe maybe another ski resort?

Sun the 19th Flight is not until 7:30pm. Our transfer does not leave Hyatt until 4 or 4:30pm

 

I would love any advice. I can not wait for our first trip. Any ideas would be great. Also if you have any pics of area attractions or resorts. I would love to see them.

 

CANT WAIT :-D

post #2 of 17

 

Honestly, since you are skiing at Northstar the first day, skiing there the second day is not a bad idea. Mt. Rose is not too far away and may present another option.

post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the reply. We do not have to ski Northstar at all it is just what we have reservations for but those can change.

post #4 of 17
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Originally Posted by Michael Ridgewell View Post

Thanks for the reply. We do not have to ski Northstar at all it is just what we have reservations for but those can change.



Mike, after taking a lesson at N Star and you've skied their area for the day, then make your decision for day 2.  If you like the lesson, liked the skiing then go there day 2 and you want to ski there and take another lesson.   If not go the Diamond Peak, great beginner area, great views, great food, no crowds, good prices. It is also about a 5min ride from the Hyatt.  Now you may have skied 2 areas, 3rd area I would recomment Alpine Meadows, great terrain for your ability.  If you have 4 days to ski go to Squaw, go up to Gold Coast on the Furnicle lift and there is a lot of easy intermediate runs up there.   General:  Avoid Squaw and Mt. Rose if windy and go to Diamond Peak, Norhstar or Homewood.

 

Gambling more affordable at Tahoe Biltmore than the Hyatt, food is cheaper too.

post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 

Sounds great. I think the more areas we can try the better. It seems to be cheaper to do a lesson at the resort because it includes lift tickets and rentals as opposed to doing things separately.

post #6 of 17

You should know the lesson deal may limit you to only green runs.  You will only have limited choice at Northstar.

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Originally Posted by Michael Ridgewell View Post

So I got my ski gear, got my flight, got the hotel..... What next.

 

I signed up for a day of lessons at North Star. This is the $49 deal that they have running for the all day lesson limited lift ticket and rental gear for the day. I wonder if this is the way to go. We are both fairly new to skiing. Also looking into the Geocache activity at northstar. I wonder if the one day of lessons will be good for us or not. We would like to go to some other resorts. Not sure if we will be "experienced" enough. And from what I hear having any worry about snow the 14-19 of Dec. is gone.

 

I would like some advice for an Itinerary.

Flight arrives around 2pm on Tue the 14th will be staying at Hyatt Regency in Incline Village. We have transfers from the North Tahoe Express. Decided not to rent a car as the Hyatt has a ski shuttle. Was looking for something fun for 2 winter n00bs to experience probably this afternoon.

Wed. the 15th is when as of now we are signed up for the $49 deal at Northstar.

Thur the 16th- should we do another 49$ deal? a private lesson? A different ski area?

Fri the 17th- Possible snowmobile tour

Sat the 18th- Possible snowshoe maybe another ski resort?

Sun the 19th Flight is not until 7:30pm. Our transfer does not leave Hyatt until 4 or 4:30pm

 

I would love any advice. I can not wait for our first trip. Any ideas would be great. Also if you have any pics of area attractions or resorts. I would love to see them.

 

CANT WAIT :-D

post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 

It is certainly a limited access ticket but with our ability I do not see any blues coming on the first trip?

 

If I am wrong then we might do Northstar 2 days and get the full ticket the second day


 

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You should know the lesson deal may limit you to only green runs.  You will only have limited choice at Northstar.

post #8 of 17

I'd explore as many resorts as possible and 'research' a resort or three for future ski holidays. 

 

Nstar has a free lesson deal on certain days.

 

Around spring 2011, look out for 'ski spring 2011 free if you buy a 2011/12 season pass' deal.

 

or in April-Sept next year look at buying  the skilaketahoe.com '6 pak' - 3 northside and 3 southern resorts and Mt Rose for about $50 a day. (Technically 1 voucher pp per day). hit 6 resorts with cheap lift passes.

 

Look at Mt Rose's 'women ski free' day and '2 for tuesday' deal. If you're over 55 (I think) there's a $10 "silver (ie greying/balding) ski lesson' on certain days.

 

Definitely try Alpine Meadows. The 'light blue' runs are very 'light blue'.

 

Homewood might be worth a look too.

 

Squaw has flat beginner areas near the gold coast centre and at the top of the cable car. There's night skiing (but you've got a shuttle ride to catch) and fine dining.

 

Enjoy yourselves and look around as many of the resorts as you can. Find where to shop for veery affordable lodgings, how to ski cheap, and 'ski cheap and often'.

 

Sign up to Southwest's email alerts for fares.

 

Checkout www.snowbomb.com for a) free vouchers for discounts on hotels, meals, ski rental and b) the snowbomb card which has cheap lift tickets. Early birds get 1 or 2 free tickets for lifts at places like Kirkwood and Sugarbowl too.

post #9 of 17

Couple of thoughts.
Might want a "rest day" after your lesson - you might be tired, sore, or the weather might not cooperate - so stay flexible.
North Star is a reasonable choice as you can ski fairly easy blues from top to bottom.
Picture below is Lake Tahoe as seen from the top of the East Ridge run at North Star.

 

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Have fun, rickp

 


Edited by rick p - 12/1/10 at 11:35am
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by Michael Ridgewell View Post

 And from what I hear having any worry about snow the 14-19 of Dec. is gone.

 

 



From experience, it might be a little too early to make such a claim.  Keep an eye on www.tahoeweatherdiscussion.com  They are generally pretty reliable and realistic.  In their current discussion with regardings to the dates of your trip, pay particular attention to the 4th paragraph on down which I copy/pasted here:

 

"

Next week the pattern over the Pacific changes. The high pressure ridge in the Pacific is crushed by a big storm moving into the Gulf of Alaska. A new ridge will form over Alaska and off the coast of Southern CA. This will open the storm door for the Pacific NW and Northern CA by the middle of next week. Several storms will be directed into the coast underneath the large low pressure in the Gulf of Alaska. They will be able to draw in moisture from across the Pacific as the jetstream has a nice straight fetch. We should see storms every couple of days starting as early as next Tuesday.

 

The only question will be the snow levels. It all depends on how much warm sub-tropical moisture the storms pull in and where the jet sets up. The position of the ridge off of Southern CA will dictate the position of the jetstream into CA. A little to our North and we could have high elevation snow and low elevation rain. A little to our South and we have large quantities of snow. This new pattern will be discussed a lot over the next week.

 

As we go through December and into January the jetstream will strengthen and the storm door should stay open as we get into a true La Nina pattern. If we can get good snow in December it should just be a bonus to what we could see in Jan. & Feb. Stay tuned"

post #11 of 17

Tyronne:  interesting about Jan & Feb. Up to now I have been hearing about dry a Jan & Feb.

 

Michael: If you are looking at a Bluebird sunny day for skiing, I would recommend going to Squaw.  The upper mtn is a big open near treeless bowl and beautiful.  Plus there is good food in the village (go to Bistro 22 for the sweet potatoes fries....)

 

If there is a big storm going on Diamond Peak, Alpine Meadows, or Homewood would be good options.  (You have to cross a pass/summit to get to Northstar from Incline)

post #12 of 17

You might also consider a group lesson at Northstar.  Midweek, it should be light and you should get more individualized attention.  You will also get to explore more of the mountain under the guidance of an instructor.  Northstar has a very good group of nstructors on staff including a member of the National Demo Team and many L3's.  Also, many of their instructors have been there for years.  That says a lot to me considering Northstar terrain is not as interesting to advanced skiers; the instructors aren't there just to ski the terrain. Northstar has some nice long cruisers and by then you may be up to them.

 

If the weather is clear, the views from either Diamond Peak (at Incline) or Homewood are stunning.  Snowmobiling and snowshoing sound kiek good options,.  I did the snowmobile tour out of King's Beach (on the way to Northstar) many years ago and it was fun (not as much as skiing, though).

 

Enjoy!

post #13 of 17

As much as I like Squaw it may be frustrating for beginners.  Beginner runs are not long and kind of flat.  The views are beautiful, but you can get the same of better with other areas.  My recommendation would probably be Alpine- it is large enough to seem like a real big Western Mountain, and it will have some long groomers.  For apre-ski you will need to go to Squaw, or just go back to Tahoe City:-)  Have fun..

 

Tyrone- Cool news about the weather, and thanks for the link, I will keep an eye on it,

 

post #14 of 17

If you are not a complete beginner, you can try ski the following at Squaw. Take cable car or Funitel to upper mountain, take Gold Coast Express, follow the traffic on traverse to looker’s right to Shirley Lake, continue to pass Shirley Lake and you will meet with all the beginner trails. You can take a couple of them back down to Gold Coast Express. This way you ski the long version of beginner’s trail on faster lift. If you are bored, you can go down to take high camp lift (slow) just to give you some variety. If you are an advanced beginner, you probable can take Siberia express and take looker’s right to do similar traverse to Shirley. You can see Siberia express from Gold Coast so observe before you decide to go. If your ticket allows you to take Funitel, you can try home run. You can ski a large area at Squaw this way.

post #15 of 17

You will find that Mt Rose also has an all-inclusive special if you are looking for that and a bit closer than Northstar.  More a locals mountain than a "resort" like Nstar or Squaw but most of my visitors love it.  Diamond Peak is also very beginner/early intermediate friendly and has some great lake views. (Plus being 5 minutes away from the Hyatt makes it easy for you or your wife to bail early and head back if you want to do that).  DP is the only mountain not open yet, scheduled to open Dec 16th .

 

Don't miss watching the sun go down over the lake  while sitting at the firepit at the Lone Eagle at the Hyatt makes the $8 for a beer and $12 for a glass of wine worth it ...

 

We got a huge dump thanksgiving week, been thawing a bit this week (Just got back from a couple of days at mammoth and had to shovel 4 feet of wet heavy snow that had come off teh roof onto the deck frown.gif) but it is trying to snow at Lake level at the moment and supposed to continue like that till tuesday

 

Have fun

post #16 of 17

I love Squaw, but I'm not sure I'd recommend it in this case.  It doesn't lack for beginner terrain, really.  It more lacks true intermediate terrain.  I'm not sure of your exact level, but I suspect that Northstar would be a better fit.  Not only will you find more variety of easier terrain, but I think it's a bit more of a "resort" experience.

 

I'd start with the $49 package at Northstar and then play it by ear.  If you're advancing, you may find there's no need to switch mountains, and it may actually confuse things.  I wouldn't be surprised if you advance past beginner terrain after the first day.  Then it's your choice to go for group or private lessons the next day.

 

Frankly, if it were me, I'd want to ski all four days.  Not to knock snowmobiling or snowshoeing, but I'd rather ski.  Consider that you'll consolidate new skills better if you practice them over a longer period of time.

post #17 of 17
Thread Starter 


Looks like it should be a great week next week :-)

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Michael Ridgewell View Post

 And from what I hear having any worry about snow the 14-19 of Dec. is gone.

 

 



From experience, it might be a little too early to make such a claim.  Keep an eye on www.tahoeweatherdiscussion.com  They are generally pretty reliable and realistic.  In their current discussion with regardings to the dates of your trip, pay particular attention to the 4th paragraph on down which I copy/pasted here:

 

"

Next week the pattern over the Pacific changes. The high pressure ridge in the Pacific is crushed by a big storm moving into the Gulf of Alaska. A new ridge will form over Alaska and off the coast of Southern CA. This will open the storm door for the Pacific NW and Northern CA by the middle of next week. Several storms will be directed into the coast underneath the large low pressure in the Gulf of Alaska. They will be able to draw in moisture from across the Pacific as the jetstream has a nice straight fetch. We should see storms every couple of days starting as early as next Tuesday.

 

The only question will be the snow levels. It all depends on how much warm sub-tropical moisture the storms pull in and where the jet sets up. The position of the ridge off of Southern CA will dictate the position of the jetstream into CA. A little to our North and we could have high elevation snow and low elevation rain. A little to our South and we have large quantities of snow. This new pattern will be discussed a lot over the next week.

 

As we go through December and into January the jetstream will strengthen and the storm door should stay open as we get into a true La Nina pattern. If we can get good snow in December it should just be a bonus to what we could see in Jan. & Feb. Stay tuned"

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