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  1. #3726
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    What is the parking like at the base of the heavenly gondola? Is it all paid, or is there free parking? Is it easier to go to Stagecoach? We are staying at Kirkwood, as we have a place to stay there. With Powderbowl closed for the season, the usual method of loading in at Gunbarell is not going to work. Trying to figure out how to best make the family day work on Saturday. Starting to wonder if it is going to feel crowded with basically three lifts running. I tell ya, Vail astounds me. Anyway, thanks to gnarbro365 for the hook up and not making this a pinch on the pocket. When I saw all VR season closures, I wished I had help steer the group to Squaw. They were running Silvo, and Far East (kind of a fun one when exploring eith the kiddo) today, and Heavenly is not going to spin either Powderbowl (access) or Olympic (awesomeness) on Saturday.

    Anyway, parking, near the stateline?

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    Just park at Harrahs

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    Quote Originally Posted by meter-man View Post
    Here she is, in all her radiant glory:

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    NOW do you want me as your neighbor or what?!

    Fuck yeah.


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    in other news: skiing was exceptional today

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    exceptional today???
    fuck i totally did it wrong. tried for early n facing pow when later sunny was the call

    ottime - if u have the option to drive straight to the hill from kwood, take 88 into nv and up kingsbury to stagecoach. waaaaaaay more kid friendly then parking at harrahs and walking to the gondola only to have to download at end of day. i hate downloading and my kids hate that walk. even if u have to go to town first i would still suggest stage access with kids in tow.
    didn't realize they shut down olympic till up there this am. thats the access lift that hurts being shut

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    alpine meadows from boundary to boundary and slightly beyond was skiing great... smooth cream on south and west faces, blower surface hoar type snow on north and east faces

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    do what gimpy said. remember though that lot saves you walking only if you're there early and they open at 8:30 (I think). I know the resort opens at 8:30 but i'm just assuming that means stage too.
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    not sure if this had been decided yet or not, but the latest Squawpine ad on facebook says "Ski Free Now Into June & July 4 With 2017-18 Tahoe Super Pass. Prices Guaranteed Thru 5/9."
    So that certainly doesn't sound like they will be open daily or even weekends until July 4th, and it definitely doesn't sound like they'll be doing the 16/17/18 thing although I guess they could open for Labor day and say they did it. I would hope someone like Mt Hood that actually gives a crap about the sport would call them out on it though.
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    Yeah, I've heard Squaw is shutting down around June 6th and just re-opening for July 4th. Which makes sense. Andy Wirth was just going Trump - like usual - on the radio and there's literally been no other mention of anything like that anywhere else. I'm sure behind closed doors his marketing people were like, "WTF?"

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    ^
    Maybe Squaw will try something like Boreal did last summer. They opened to the public once a month. However, this year with more snow they haven't announced that or even started selling next year's season passes. (Correction - I just picked through their rather confusing website to see that they will offer summer shred on June 10th and July 1st. They will finally begin selling season passes on April 24th, but they haven't listed prices yet. That place doesn't seem to have their $h*t together.)
    With the amount of snow they have Squaw should be able to open periodically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vets View Post
    ^
    Maybe Squaw will try something like Boreal did last summer. They opened to the public once a month. However, this year with more snow they haven't announced that or even started selling next year's season passes. (Correction - I just picked through their rather confusing website to see that they will offer summer shred on June 10th and July 1st. They will finally begin selling season passes on April 24th, but they haven't listed prices yet. That place doesn't seem to have their $h*t together.)
    With the amount of snow they have Squaw should be able to open periodically.
    I would say they have their shit together more than Squaw. Already jacking up pass prices and talking shit about staying open until next season when everyone knows it's not gonna happen does not constitute having your shit together. And I think most people would rather have Alpine stay open a few weeks longer with good conditions than have Squaw stay open into the summer just to say they did it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ottime View Post
    What is the parking like at the base of the heavenly gondola? Is it all paid, or is there free parking? Is it easier to go to Stagecoach? We are staying at Kirkwood, as we have a place to stay there. With Powderbowl closed for the season, the usual method of loading in at Gunbarell is not going to work. Trying to figure out how to best make the family day work on Saturday. Starting to wonder if it is going to feel crowded with basically three lifts running. I tell ya, Vail astounds me. Anyway, thanks to gnarbro365 for the hook up and not making this a pinch on the pocket. When I saw all VR season closures, I wished I had help steer the group to Squaw. They were running Silvo, and Far East (kind of a fun one when exploring eith the kiddo) today, and Heavenly is not going to spin either Powderbowl (access) or Olympic (awesomeness) on Saturday.

    Anyway, parking, near the stateline?
    This is relevant to my interests. In the same boat, got a place to stay at KW (but not hot water, hah), gonna try to make it up this weekend as last weekend was a no-go due to work. Thinking of hitting the Heave for the first time ever (read: it's gonna be a shitshow full of n00bs like me).


    Quote Originally Posted by gimpy View Post
    ottime - if u have the option to drive straight to the hill from kwood, take 88 into nv and up kingsbury to stagecoach. waaaaaaay more kid friendly then parking at harrahs and walking to the gondola only to have to download at end of day. i hate downloading and my kids hate that walk. even if u have to go to town first i would still suggest stage access with kids in tow.
    didn't realize they shut down olympic till up there this am. thats the access lift that hurts being shut
    Good tip. Though it sounds from another post like it fills up, and I'm not exactly an early bird. Gonna have to push for it though, with these warm temps.

    Speaking of warm temps, I guess I may as well take off my snow tires and put some proper rubber back on.... that'll save me MINUTES doing the KW500 up 88 Friday night.

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    ^ dang dude, I pulled my snows off on Cesar Chavez day. Holy shit my car was so much quieter without the pointless studs in the bay area!
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    doubt 88 will be busy friday, esp past jackson.

    What is early? Arrival at 8:30 for parking Stagecoach early enough? Just confirmed I can pick up tickets there. I was thinking like you gimpy, if head to NV, just go around and avoid coming through town. My wife loves loops, so that would make her happy. And having the kiddo was my biggest concern at the gondola: park, walk, buy, load, and walk to a lift line, with the reverse at the end of the day. Also figure Stagecoach will only be decent in the morning, so we should just start there.

    Saturday looks warm, although breezy. Would 45 out of the SW close down Sky? Don't want to park in NV, get stuck in CA with no lifts spinning and need to take the long wrap down to a shuttle.

    So bummed for you locals with Oly not spinning, and nothing mid week next week. Lame. I was actually hoping to lap Oly with my son. He would love the combo of high speed, length and pitch of run. He gets nothing like that at KW. Whatever, he will be stoked regardless. He is excited to see the desert while skiing.

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    not sure how fast it fills up. I would think 8:30 would be good this time of year but gimpy and powcruzer prolly know better. it doesn't really fill up per se cause there is a large backup lot. at first it's only a slightly longer walk
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vets View Post
    ^
    Maybe Squaw will try something like Boreal did last summer. They opened to the public once a month. However, this year with more snow they haven't announced that or even started selling next year's season passes. (Correction - I just picked through their rather confusing website to see that they will offer summer shred on June 10th and July 1st. They will finally begin selling season passes on April 24th, but they haven't listed prices yet. That place doesn't seem to have their $h*t together.)
    With the amount of snow they have Squaw should be able to open periodically.
    Boreal's kind of unique because they have a motivation to stay skiable for the woodward camps. It's not to sell tickets. I think they just did that as kind of an icing on an existing melting cake.
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  17. #3742
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    I parked at Boulder to skin up with my dog and was surprised to see overflow parking there at 10am on a weekday. I'd get there early if you want Stagecoach parking. Snow is great BTW.

    Props to heave for keeping the face open for the rats, and to the patrol for not giving a shit I'm skinning with my dog.

  18. #3743
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    the schedule for squawlpine is posted on the website... open every weekend with a different theme until july 4th... open everyday until day ticket sales drop below a certain unspecified number

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    regarding skiing after the 4th it looks like they will allow skis and boards to be brought up the tram and hike from there... employees are being told that they might run shirley on weekends after the 4th

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    830ish arrival at stage should be fine. Worst case lower stage lot as someone mentioned. 2nd worse case park at boulder and take shuttle to stage. Either case better than fiddlefukkin with gonde access imo.

    Living around stage gonna miss the access. Gonna miss this winter. Not gonna miss digging my car out. Let the corn cycle begin! Again. Ps thought powdork would relate to the snow-mobile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SchralphMacchio View Post
    ^ dang dude, I pulled my snows off on Cesar Chavez day. Holy shit my car was so much quieter without the pointless studs in the bay area!
    Y'all with your made-up bullshit holidays. Chloe got Cesar Chavez day off, works for the county. BAH I say!

    You've got a few things on me. 1. Ground clearance. 2. Studs (yeah, I'd take that shit off too! I'm just running xice3 w/out studs). 3. Whatever your other tires are? I'm normally running on full summer tires. I don't so much mind them in cold temps (sub-40, summer tires are really only hard when they're COLD COLD from being parked, once you get rolling it's okay).. but the surprise snowpack runoff that refreezes on the roadways can be a major pucker factor on 88 at night. With overnight lows of 28 this coming weekend I'm not worried about the 10pm temps going up the hill.

    The xice3 are actually fine in the dry and hot temps. No lateral grip (it's like driving on jello blocks), but they're quiet and well-behaved. Just a very very subtle buzz-whine as you slow to a stop below 5mph. I feel bad running at speed across the valley in warm weather on 'em, but after 2 seasons and probably 5-8k miles they look like new, even the shoulders.

    OTOH, it's nice to *not* be on snows when you're stuck behind an STi bro too afraid to pass a pack of cars on a straight stretch of 88..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Powcruzer View Post
    830ish arrival at stage should be fine. Worst case lower stage lot as someone mentioned. 2nd worse case park at boulder and take shuttle to stage. Either case better than fiddlefukkin with gonde access imo.

    Living around stage gonna miss the access. Gonna miss this winter. Not gonna miss digging my car out. Let the corn cycle begin! Again. Ps thought powdork would relate to the snow-mobile.

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    The worst part is--the guy was driving his car like that.

    Guess which resort made the Sac Bee for closing early and the passholders are mad. Hint--it's not Squalpine.
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    I wonder if any of these folks will have their next year's passes revoked.

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    Why would anyone get their pass revoked? It it against a policy to post disappointment on the resorts FB page?

    I like that KW got a mention in the article. Hanging in the company of the big leagues now.

    "On Sunday, Tahoe Donner, Mount Shasta Ski Park, Homewood Mountain Resort and Kirkwood all closed for the season"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ottime View Post
    Why would anyone get their pass revoked? It it against a policy to post disappointment on the resorts FB page?
    It's a joke / reference to Squaw. A couple of people had their passes revoked and refunded for bitching on social media. Seriously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tahoearmada View Post
    the schedule for squawlpine is posted on the website... open every weekend with a different theme until july 4th...

    There's a robber baron joke in there somewhere.

    Top hats, monacles, walking sticks...... Handing out real estate fliers for aspen/mammoth/squaw condos that don't exist yet. Giving out cookies with messages "sorry, we're closed: It snowed"

    Hmmm

    "theme weekends" eh?
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