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    Homewood ?

    i picked up the silverton unguided pass which comes with a few days at homewood and was thinking about tying it into a trip to see my family in the bay.

    a few questions:

    is it possible to skin the cat area or does it suck just watching cats lap you for no reward?

    is it a decent place to find snow assuming itís falling?

    is there a cool / affordable place to stay nearby?

    any maggots call the place home?

    i would be visiting on a non holiday fwiw.

    other considerations:

    already been to kirkwood, heave, squaw, alpine and toured around the lake in obvious spots and will most likely have an intermediate lady friend in tow.

    also related: is there any winter climbing possible to / from sf? i probably wonít have time to visit mammoth and bishop on this trip so iím going for efficiency.

    family -> city stuff -> ski -> maybe climb on the way back -> airport.
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    Try the Tahoe thread for your Qs.

    For winter climbing, check out Auburn (quarry). On your to SF from N. Lake. Never been but it's on your way.
    sproing!

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    I'm curious about this too OP. Cousin has a place in Tahoma and wants me to come down this winter. Needs me to pick a time ASAP so he can block out his place for me. When should I go TGR? What's good?

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    Homewood ?

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    Homewood ?

    Havenít been there in years, but it used to be the best place to go in North Lake when itís dumping and Squaw/Alpine only have the lower mountain open. Itís less crowded and they have fantastic tree skiing. They only have one small zone of steep terrain, everything else is pretty mellow.

    I know nothing of the cat operation. News to me that they even have one, I havenít lived in the area since 2011.



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    Itís a great place for intermediates if thereís snow. Doesnít get tracked out as much as other places and has great views. It goes down to lake level so coverage is an issue in bad years and early season.

    Itís much smaller than heavenly, Squaw, alpine or Kirkwood and not much steep terrain.

    Vacation rentals are cheaper there since itís a little off the beaten path and the road between there and South Lake is usually closed during and after legit storms. I think the town is a lot more of a summer boating destination.

    Lots of good touring in the area when itís filled in but I donít know if you can ski in the cat area, which has only been a thing for a few years.

    I havenít been in years and would like to go back, but it just doesnít make sense to pay for a ticket vs going to Kirkwood or Heavenly with my pass. Iíd ski there for free though, itís got a nice vibe.

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    man, thatís really helpful. travelling while trying to cram in skiing is pretty hard and this sounds like exactly what iím looking for.
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    Homewood ?

    The secret of storm riding at homey has been out for years now, so it gets hit pretty hard on stormy Pow days. Not Squaw hard, but hard enough for a small place

    It's a very intermediate resort, but fun can be had. I think their cat skiing is stupid and I probably wouldn't waste my energy skinning or skiing there if I wanted to get BC. There are better options and bang for your buck.

    Drought years hit homewood hard since it's at lake level, so just keep on eye an storm cycles before you go so you know what coverage to expect. I don't think they even got it open until March this year

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    Agreed with everything people have said so far. It's a fun little mountain - not worth planning a whole trip around or anything, but certainly a nice place to spend a day when the snow is good. Intermediate terrain but it's a bit more interesting than, say, Northstar - you can find some playful little zones.

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    I'm working at one of their restaurants this summer and may end up with a pass there. Depending on when you come and what the winter is like there is excellent bouldering just down the road at DL Bliss. Also if you head south and take 50 instead of 80 you'll pass lots of climbing with sugarloaf probably offering the best in winter.
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