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 Post subject: Re: Tahoe lowdown
PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 6:02 am 
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It's all good! I even used to enjoy the old Sierra Ski Ranch.

Kirkwood definitely stands out as a great place to get away from South shore. Let's face it, South Shore is a zoo! It is a good place to stay away from during holidays.

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 Post subject: Re: Tahoe lowdown
PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 7:24 am 
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SurfnSnowboard wrote:
Heavenly can be amazing on a powder day but otherwise you'll probably hate it. Too many cat tracks and traversing for snowboarders. It's a huge resort with the best views in Tahoe but pick your days. Kirkwood is incredible and my favorite Tahoe resort. Northstar is just okay, lots of groomers and some fun little parks. Wouldn't be my first choice. In that part of Tahoe I definitely prefer Squaw and Alpine Meadows over Northstar.



I agree with this assessment, except that the backside of Northstar is great on storm days if the snow levels are low enough (4-5K). It is protected from the winds and there are lots of options back there and not a lot of crowds. I'd only ski Northstar on storm days though. One of my best days in Tahoe ever was riding in a storm at Northstar.


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 Post subject: Re: Tahoe lowdown
PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 10:31 pm 
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I find it's always fun the first time or two at a new resort. As long as the snow is decent it is fun exploring new terrain and new runs and just getting the feel for a mountain. I've had fun at most of the Lake Tahoe resorts but obviously some are better than others. It's also different as a snowboarder vs a skier particularly at places like Heavenly. On a powder day they're all fun but Squaw sure gets tracked out fast - possibly even faster than Mammoth!


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 Post subject: Re: Tahoe lowdown
PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 10:38 pm 
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Good thing We won't be going to Squaw...

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 Post subject: Re: Tahoe lowdown
PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 3:53 pm 
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What is it about Kirkwood that makes it so special?

I used to go over there from South Shore after a storm as soon as Luther Pass and 88 were open.

Because the ski area lies off Hwy 88 by the Carson Spur, it is in a unique, volcanic area. Down from the spur is the Caples Creek valley, one of the last forests that did not get logged. That is my favorite area on the Eldorado. Even though it is so close to the highway, it is still a very wild place.

I spent quite a bit of time around that area when I lived over there. There was really no need to go anyplace else.

And they do get monster snows.

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 Post subject: Re: Tahoe lowdown
PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 4:58 pm 
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That is indeed an awesome area WS. We hiked around Kirkwood lake, it is so nice in there...

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Can't wait to ride the resort there...

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 Post subject: Re: Tahoe lowdown
PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 7:13 pm 
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There is really no trail from Kirkwood Lk. down into that valley except through a steep area that is a pain.

But, if you drive past Silver Lk. up the hill and down to Iron Mtn. Rd. (Mormon Emigrant Tr.) Then turn off on Silverfork Rd and down about five miles to Caples Creek bridge and trailhead. That is the entrance to the valley.

Spirit Tree was over there recently staying at Sly Park. I talked him in to going in there. He did go and really liked it.

It was a major meeting place for the Miwok, Maidu and Washoe people. There is a salt spring near Govt. Meadow which was a main attraction for the people and animals.

The place is wide open and motorcycles are allowed. Past Govt. meadow nothing moves due to hundreds of downed trees. In the back of the valley is a huge beaver pond.

I forgot to tell you that it is excellent fishing in there. Bears aplenty and rattlers, too.

What a place! A rare gem that somehow got saved from logging. What a blessing in this day and age.

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 Post subject: Re: Tahoe lowdown
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ready to go back....
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 Post subject: Re: Tahoe lowdown
PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 5:57 pm 
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Mt. Rose has the snow guns cranked up.

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 Post subject: Re: Tahoe lowdown
PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2013 6:30 am 
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if you find June to be this amazing place then any resort in Tahoe will blow your mind and make you rethink life as it could have been,,,


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 Post subject: Re: Tahoe lowdown
PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2013 8:05 am 
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It's all good! If it doesn't snow we can go down to Eureka and ski the dunes. "Eureka, I have found it!"

Let's remember one thing boys and girls. In recorded history the Tahoe area has had some of the biggest snows ever.

The only thing Mammoth has over Tahoe is elevation. That can make a big difference sometimes.

Maybe someday you will graduate to mountaineer skiing and experience what it is really all about. Then you will never be limited to some ski area.

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 Post subject: Re: Tahoe lowdown
PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2013 8:33 am 
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[quote="windyscotty"

Maybe someday you will graduate to mountaineer skiing and experience what it is really all about. Then you will never be limited to some ski area.[/quote]

I'm not limited WS. Thanks for the advice though.

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 Post subject: Re: Tahoe lowdown
PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 8:18 am 
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Rose is set to open on Nov 22. Blowing snow when conditions permit it.

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 Post subject: Re: Tahoe lowdown
PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 11:33 am 
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Alls quiet on the Tahoe Front......

maybe a run to Reno and some gaming will break the spell......

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 Post subject: Re: Tahoe lowdown
PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2013 10:10 am 
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Sacramento TV had Boreal on the news last night. They are making snow and are open.

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