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I have an upcoming business trip to Sacramento and want to get a day of skiing in at one of the Tahoe resorts. What is going to be the easiest commute: (1) I-80 to Northstar or one of the other north lake resorts or (2) US 50 to Kirkwood?
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80 is easier to get up in the winter. You have Sugar Bowl, Squaw, Alpine as well as Northstar.

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80 is easier to get up in the winter. You have Sugar Bowl, Squaw, Alpine as well as Northstar.


 

Bryan:  Makes sense.  Thanks.

post #4 of 9

Northstar or Kirkwood is like chalk and cheese in terrain. Northstar is also further away than Sugarbowl, Squaw or Alpine Meadows. Check those 3's websites for a closer mountain that suits whatever terrain suits you.

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I flew into Sacramento a few years back for a Tahoe ski trip cause the airfare to Reno was too expensive.

 

Found palm trees and 65 degree weather there, as I ascended the Sierra's heading towards Heavenly, the snow was piled up further and further as we went up.

 

At some point they won't let you drive any further without snow chains, there's gates with inspections and also pull off areas where you can get the chains put on for a fee.

 

You might want to check into that, we paid around $50 to get chains. Not sure if 4X4 is ok.

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Northstar or Kirkwood is like chalk and cheese in terrain. Northstar is also further away than Sugarbowl, Squaw or Alpine Meadows. Check those 3's websites for a closer mountain that suits whatever terrain suits you.



Will do.  Thanks.

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I flew into Sacramento a few years back for a Tahoe ski trip cause the airfare to Reno was too expensive.

 

Found palm trees and 65 degree weather there, as I ascended the Sierra's heading towards Heavenly, the snow was piled up further and further as we went up.

 

At some point they won't let you drive any further without snow chains, there's gates with inspections and also pull off areas where you can get the chains put on for a fee.

 

You might want to check into that, we paid around $50 to get chains. Not sure if 4X4 is ok.


Thanks.  I am planning to rent a SUV and may just play it by ear depending on the road conditions.

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80 is easier to get up in the winter. You have Sugar Bowl, Squaw, Alpine as well as Northstar.


What he said.

 

 

If time ends up being of the essence and roads are clear you might also consider Sierra.

 

post #9 of 9

For what its worth you can also take 50 East on a direct shot to Heavenly.  Not sure of your skill level but probably more skiable than Kirkwood or Squaw for intermediates and below.  Just a suggestion.

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