Skiing in Tahoe

Jan 31st, 2005, 08:33 AM
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Skiing in Tahoe

Husband (expert skier), 2 sons ages 7 and 9 (intermediate-advanced) and I (advanced) were planning to ski at Whistler for spring break in March but there is no snow at W. I am thinking about Tahoe but I haven't been there in 15 years.

Which Tahoe resorts should we ski? Which ones have good ski schools? We will have a car and would be willing to drive to different ski areas.

Where should we stay? We are interested mainly in skiing- no gambling. Looking for a condo...

Any restaurant suggestions for dinner?

Any recommendations for ski rental shops?

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Jan 31st, 2005, 09:17 AM
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In my opinion Lake Tahoe Accomodations has the best properties

For advanced skiing Heavenly, Kirkwood (both South Tahoe) and Squaw (North Tahoe) are probably best.
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Jan 31st, 2005, 09:34 AM
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there is a great mexican restaurant on the road to emerald bay. think it's called the cantina.
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Feb 2nd, 2005, 01:54 PM
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In my opinion Heavenly is the best resort to ski, especially if you haven't been to the area in a while. Squaw, Northstar and Kirkwood all offer great skiing as well but Heavenly is the best overall because of the varied and expansive terrain, ease of access and the exceptional views.
If you are there long enough and want to try more than one I'd rank them in the following order: Heavenly, Squaw, Kirkwood, Northstar (note that I have yet to visit Alpine Meadows or Sierra at Tahoe). All are within a 1 hour drive of each other.
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Feb 2nd, 2005, 02:23 PM
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researching for my daughter´s trip i found and good for lift info discounts, the tahoe card, etc.

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Feb 2nd, 2005, 05:27 PM
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There was a lot of snow and the conditions were excellent at Heavenly this last weekend. Should make for good spring skiing.

Most people who go to Tahoe either stay and ski on the north shore or the south shore, but not both. I guess they don't like to drive around the lake, but there is no reason you can't ski both.

The south shore has the major casinos, and a larger variety of restaurants and accommodations. Usually, people who stay at south shore ski Heavenly, Kirkwood, and Sierra at Tahoe. Heavenly is fantastic (my personal favorite), has a great ski school, but is also the most expensive. Sierra is smaller, great for beginners, has a family atmosphere, is less expensive, and a favorite with snowboarders. Kirkwood is to the south a few miles, is higher and has some great runs for advanced skiers.

On the north shore you have lots of condos and some great restaurants. For skiing you have Squaw Valley, which is really nice especially if you appreciate large bowls as opposed to trail skiing. It also has a great ski school. Both Squaw and Heavenly also have the best views of the lake. Northstar and Alpine Meadows (in that order) are both quite nice, and also attract a lot of families. You really can't go wrong skiing anywhere in Tahoe. Where you want to stay and where you want to eat depends on how much you're willing to spend.
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Feb 2nd, 2005, 07:27 PM
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If cost is an issue, Alpine Meadows is the cheapest of the big resorts ($39 per adult). I would not advise Northstar except if it is stormy. If you have a car, you might want to look for rentals in Tahoe-Donner and simply drive to a resort each day. Tahoe-Donner is located above Truckee and about 20 minutes from Alpine Meadows, Northstar, Squaw and Sugar Bowl.
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Feb 3rd, 2005, 04:33 AM
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My husband and I love Northstar! We were in Chamonix, France a couple weeks ago and all I could say was I can't wait to go back to Northstar (trip at end of Feb). We're staying at the Hyatt Incline Village and got such an amazing ski package directly through the hotel -- 4 nights including breakfast and 6 lift tickets (to any of the nearby resorts) for $1098 all in. Well at least I think this is a good deal bec the Hyatt is really nice and cozy, and while they do have a small casino by virtue of being in Nevada, it's quite tucked away so we're able to completely ignore it. We're going to try Squaw as well this time, although I've heard it can get a bit crowded there, while Northstar limits the number of people on the mountain. Tahoe is gorgeous, you'll love it!
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Feb 5th, 2005, 01:09 PM
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I was at NorthStar on New Years Eve this year and it was a crowded as any ski resort I've ever seen. The access was pretty bad too... we had to walk about 10 min from our parking space and go down two long and steep snow covered stairs (and back up on the way home). Since there is only one way out of the place, it took us over an hour just to exit the parking lot. Now granted that it was right in the middle of the huge storms that killed Tahoe after Christmas and other resorts were closed because of the insane amounts of snow they got, but if the crowded conditions we had reflected a limited amount of skiers, I sure couldn't tell that the limit helped anything.
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Feb 6th, 2005, 10:11 AM
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I would recommend Northstar or Heavenly. We just came back from Heavenly last week and loved it! The views are just awesome.

I think I would go to Heavenly (although more expensive), the school seemed good (we kept seeing little trainmobiles with kids going by), and is isolated from the rest of the skiers. There was also tubing for kids,etc...

But Heavenly is most likely more crowded during the weekends, Northstar has a limit on the number of skiers per day.
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