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lake Tahoe

Hi,

We are travelling out to USA in Dec this year and would like to know which are the best ski areas, best accommodation and when the season usually commences? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Jenny

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1. Re: lake Tahoe

I have only been to Lake Tahoe in the summer. I am not a skier, so I cannot directly answer questions about skying or sky resorts.

Your post is in the Stateline forum, does that mean you have decided on the South Lake Tahoe area as opposed to North Lake Tahoe? I do know that the big resort on the south side of Lake Tahoe is called Heavenly.

I believe the north side of Lake Tahoe has more resorts, including Squaw Valley.

I found this website that may have some of the info you are looking for:

www.skilaketahoe.com/lake-tahoe-ski-resorts

Australia
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2. Re: lake Tahoe

Thanks for your reply. We are headed to Colorado as well as we have skied there before but thought Tahoe might offer something different. Anyone out there who have skied both that could offer some advice? We love Colorado....is it worth doing Tahoe or is Colorado better?

California
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December is not a reliable month for skiing. Some years it's fantastic others just marginal. Many resorts do make snow so at the very least there will be some runs open with man made snow on top of any natural base. Many resorts are merging: Squaw & Alpine, Heavenly and Northstar - so the lift tickets can include both. There are 12 resorts on the north side and 3 on the south side.

I woudl say that the resorts always shoot for an opening date close to but before Thanksgiving.

I might choose something on the north side to give you the best shot at skiing. If gambling is of interest then go with south lake tahoe and go to Heavenly for skiing- they make snow and there may be transportation next seasonfrom Heavenly to Northstar on the north.

Australia
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Thank you so much for the info...I'm on the computer looking at trying to book flights etc now. We have friends in Denver but Tahoe looked like a scenic place and thought we could get some skiing in as well. We have skied in Colorado 2007 & 2009 and have had awesome snow (maybe a little too much in 2009, however made a very unforgetable experience for us Aussie who don't usually see such a BLIZZARD! I think we may head Tahoe way from LA and as it looks very scenic out there and if the skiing is happening then we'll take that in....if not it looks like a cool place to see on our way to Denver anyway. Thanks so much for you advice. If you think of anything else that could be helpful I would welcome your thoughts. Cheers!

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As noted, December is a bit of a gamble but you'll find some skiing. You will not find full operation until probably the holiday period. Lots of choices, as noted. For early season I would suggest Heavenly (south) or Northstar (north).

Early season, best destinations in USA are Colorado and Utah. While all resorts have snowmaking, some have larger systems and some have easier terrain to cover. Keystone, Breckenridge, Copper, Vail are good in Colorado, Park City, Deer Valley in Utah.

Have fun.

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Flying into San Francisco is much closer to Lake Tahoe over Los Angelus. You don't say when in December you plan to come, but early December is early, but late December is usually (never know for sure) pretty good snow. Last year which was a very poor snow year, Boreal opened Oct. 31st, but skiing was not that good.

The three big skiing resorts at Tahoe are : Heavenly, Squaw Valley and Northstar.

Australia
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Thanks for all your info....we are looking at flying out of OZ around the 6th but probably won't hit Tahoe area till about 16th 17th Dec on our way to Denver. Any accommodation you would reccommend at either resort? We have two kids 8 and 10 and are able to ski with us now so we don't need ski school anymore which is great! Just out of interest....has anyone flown Delta internationally? I can get a great deal with V-Australia who seem to be using Delta for a lot of their flights but I have never flown with them before. We usually only fly Qantas but currently their airfares are a lot more expensive.

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I have mostly flown Delta domestically, but have taken an international flight on them as well. I put them "middle of the road". Not great, not terrible. They merged with Northwest a few years ago, so they have a hodgepodge of plane types and variants - some are better than others).

Vacaville, CA
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We like the 968 Park hotel (www.968parkhotel.com). It's a eco-friendly lodge near the Stateline and has great rates (Casino's, movies, restaurants and shopping are all very close). We have stayed at quite a few places, and have settled on this place as our "regular" lodging choice. The gondola that takes you up to Heavenly is also right across the street. You will find lots to do and see with your family. Tahoe is a wonderful place to visit!

California
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I'd be very leary of a mid Dec arrival for skiing. Very risky for snow.

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