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Lake Tahoe Questions

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Hotels & Casinos' started by KyleB, Dec 8, 2014.

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  1. KyleB

    KyleB Low-Roller

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    Thinking about going here for my girlfriends birthday sometime in February, with the primary goal being skiing/ski lessons. Both of us have never been skiing before, so I will need to book lessons as well. As an obvious benefit, there are casinos in the area as well. My question is this...Is Lake Tahoe a good option for skiing? We live in Southern California, and it looks like Tahoe and Mammoth are my best options. Keep in mind we are just beginners, so more challenging slopes that you might find in Utah or Colorado is not a big deal breaker. If anyone has done this, any recommendations on where to go, or maybe if im lucky someone has had an instructor in the area and might be able to recommend someone, would be greatly appreciated. Also, if I am better off finding a better location to ski, I would also love to hear that as well. Thanks in advance guys!
     
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    I believe Heavenly is right across the street from Harrahs ( or pretty close). Heavenly will have lessons and all that. It is a massive resort. It also is one of the more expensive and crowded, based on location, but you can walk to and from the casinos. The other resorts might be cheaper and better for lesson beginners, I'm not sure. I have been to Heavenly a few times, never taken lessons but had a good time and it's a good location. The other resorts you will need to drive to. Lake Tahoe has amazing ski resorts, and views. It isn't cheap, so if you aren't getting your room comped, it will set you back. It's not discounted like Vegas. I don't snowboard often so others might know more about other resorts. Staying in the stateline area is a blast though.
     
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    KyleB Low-Roller

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    Thanks for the reply, heavenly seems to be the best and closest option, but looking for the training classes is what I'm looking into, along with the rentals.
     
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    if skiing is your primary goal then why not Big Bear or Mammoth for proximity?

    Mammoth gets as much or more snow than Tahoe and has enough terrain options for a beginner. Tahoe would ultimately give you more options as there is more terrain, but for a beginner just learning you won't miss that.
    Stay local and make the Tahoe trip when you can make better use of the varied terrain.
     
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    I've been to Tahoe twice for skiing, but it was over 25 years ago, never been to Mammoth. To me, Tahoe was one of the most beautiful places I've been. Ski all day, hot tub afterwards, hit the casino, repeat. As a novice skier, you should look for a ski resort that has a learn to ski program with a deal on rental, leson, and lift ticket. These ski resorts have high fixed costs and the market has been kind of flat, so they are looking to bring more folks into the tent.
     
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