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  1. #1
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    Where to Ski in Tahoe early December?

    Road tripping with my brother from bay area to Denver early December (10-15 roughly). Plan is to stop a day (or two if the snow is good) in Tahoe, then on to Park City for a few days, then to Denver. I am picking him up from the Reno airport, so if there's going to be shit snow everywhere I'd probably just stick to Northstar?

    On the Epic local pass, so 3 main options are Kirkwood, Heavenly, and Northstar. Know next to nothing about any of them. Judging on type of terrain, elevation, and opening date, Kirkwood seems like it may have the best early season snow? And probably will be empty due to location. Plus lots of terrain we'd enjoy skiing.

    Heavenly maybe seems like a good second choice, lots of terrain, nicer lodging too.

    Just curious on local's thoughts. There's chance I'll be able to use a friend's California Gold pass, so may squeak in a day at Squaw too.

    Will most likely book refundable lodging in a few places. I'm guessing the snow will be a good deal better in PC, considering it's probably going to be an El Nino year, but we might as well get in some skiing in at Tahoe before the 8 hour drive to SLC one day.
    Last edited by Muggydude; 10-05-2018 at 01:05 PM.

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    Northstar would be last of those 3 on my list. Kirkwood is likely to have the best "real" snow in December, Heavenly probably the worst. Hopefully we don't have a repeat of last year.

  3. #3
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    Where to Ski in Tahoe early December?

    Shoot 3 hours down to Mammoth and pay for a pass, and ski with me there or at Squaw!

    Out of those 3, Kirkwood


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    Kirkweed. But the more important question is will there be any snow? Could be mid-winter like or bone dry, it's a total crapshoot.

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    Agree on Kirkwood highest elevation.

  6. #6
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    +1 on Kirkwood.

    If there isn't much natural snow, Heavenly (or Northstar) will have more snow making. I'd lean towards Heavenly, because there's casino nightlife... if that's any interest to you guys. North shore will be dead in mid Dec.

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    Given how things have been for the past several years now, I wouldn't count on PC skiing well at that time of year. Realistic best case scenario these days might be having the mountain 50 percent open with groomers only. Realistic worst case scenario would be WROD only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirshredalot View Post
    Given how things have been for the past several years now, I wouldn't count on PC skiing well at that time of year. Realistic best case scenario these days might be having the mountain 50 percent open with groomers only. Realistic worst case scenario would be WROD only.
    Sad, but true. Gotta make a sacrifice to the snow gods.

  9. #9
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    Kirkwood’s pretty far from Reno but worth it if it’s filled in enough to ski off-piste. If you’re stuck on groomers may as well just go to Northstar. They have good snow making at least.

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