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Best Tahoe resort for mixed level ski group?

post #1 of 8
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6 of us are going skiing this weekend. There are 2 beginners, 2 intermediates, 1 expert and 1 non-skier. I'm trying to find a resort that will let us all stay together as much as possible so we can share lifts and meet for lunch.

 

Heavenly is out since the California side is extremely crowded (and its the most $$). I prefer the wide open Nevada side but the traverse back to the other side is easily 1hr. We would prefer North Lake Tahoe as we are staying in Reno.

 

post #2 of 8

I'd say Alpine except the non-skier. Not much to do at Alpine in the lodge, I don't think. Maybe Northstar? Squaw is not very beginner-friendly.

post #3 of 8


An hour !?!?!  Are you planning on walking?

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Originally Posted by Defcon View Post
Heavenly is out ... I prefer the wide open Nevada side but the traverse back to the other side is easily 1hr.

 


 

post #4 of 8

I would say Northstar, they have a great village and lots of places for the non skier to hang out at. The runs are fun and will challenge the advanced skier and there are plenty of easy runs that you can all play on together. Northstar is ofter overlooked I feel, I ski predominately at Squaw but Northstar's got some great run! I'll be there myself in a few weeks, have fun!

post #5 of 8
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Thanks Bigdog68, I booked Northstar.

 

At Heavenly if some people are on the Nevada side and you want to meet to the California side it can take a while, and there is a long traverse on top. Maybe not 1hr but its a big mountain.

post #6 of 8

I'll second Northstar.  Disclaimer - we have a house in Truckee, and are Northstar passholders.  That said, for a mixed group, it's fabulous.  Lots of fun greens for the beginners, including some long green stuff off the Vista chair, so the beginners can get fairly high up on the mountain.  TONS of blue cruisers for the intermediates, and many strong intermediates can handle the Backside runs that are groomed (usually Iron Horse, Challenger, and a couple of others).  Lookout has legitimate steeps and ungroomed (not Squaw steep, but steep enough to keep advanced skiers entertained). 

 

It is also VERY wind-protected, so stays both open and skiable when Squaw, Alpine, and Heavenly run into wind issues closing chairs (or in some cases, the whole mountain).

 

Neat village (but PRICEY).  

 

Wherever you ski, have a grand time on the slopes this weekend!!

post #7 of 8

I love this thread because I've had these kind of groups many times.  Really tough to keep everyone happy.  I did this at Heavenly and the non-skier tried to learn on the Nevada side and then we made him go to the top where he managed to make his way down a blue after about 30 minutes.  I agree that Heavenly is pretty tough for a really new skier.  

post #8 of 8

Northstar has been fun this year and has some really nice tree skiing.

 

If you have a beginner who wants a lesson, you should shoot  Bud Heishman a PM.  He's an instructor at N*

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