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Lake Tahoe

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Hotels & Casinos' started by billg72340, Feb 13, 2018.

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  1. billg72340

    billg72340 Tourist

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    We are considering a visit to a CET property at Lake Tahoe and could use some advice. Leaning towards Harrah's but torn between summer and winter. What's the water temp in June/July? How is the skiing at Heavenly? What's your preference?
     
  2. smartone

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    Water temp in the Lake is still butt-ass cold in the summer for most people. Over the last 10 years, monthly surface water temperature averaged 41.9˚F at its coldest in February and 65.7˚F at its warmest in August. Skiing at Heavenly in decent snow years (like last year) is outstanding, but this year so far the storms have been few and far between. I actually prefer the shoulder months in Spring and Fall, as I live up here and it's slower than the tourist months. You can get great rates at the properties during the week then as well. During the touristy months of Summer and Winter and on weekends, it's generally pretty busy and much more expensive.
     
  3. hammie

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    My first trip to Tahoe was 30 years ago when we stayed at some nondescript motel about a block from the state line on some kind of package plan that included lift tickets to Heavenly, Sierra Ski Ranch, Squaw Valley, Northstar and a couple others. Up till then, my furthest Western ski trip was Holiday Valley in Ellicottville, NY.

    If you ski, you have to visit Tahoe. It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve visited.
     
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  4. Robdude

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    The lake is cold, even in the summer. It's nice to lounge on the beach or paddle board, but not too many people swimming. The Summer is our favorite time for Tahoe, but the Spring isn't too shabby either. Not much snow so far this year, so that might help influence your decision.

    All in all, the wife and I love Tahoe and it's considered our "home base". Harrah's rooms are much nicer than Harvey's (the old tower rooms at Harvey's are horrible). Lots of places to shop and dine at the Heavenly village, and plenty of out door activity's.
     
  5. bubbakitty

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    If you like old school; if you go in summer; we thought the Biltmore interesting. We did not check on prices at the hotel but the restaurant looked good. And lots of cheap vp.
    Smart One can probably give insight but we liked it. We actually stayed in 3 different properties counterclockwise about the lake. It was interesting access from various locale to the lake. But we visited the casino several times.
     
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    I used to spend at least a week camping in Tahoe every year as a kid. The lake is never what anyone would call "warm". Early summer is the worst. I used to always think I'd see an iceberg when we were swimming. ;) Late summer it can be pleasant, but again, never warm. But not frostbite inducing.

    There is a lot to do there in summer. Hiking, boating, mountain biking, driving around the lake and exploring the parks and nooks and crannies. In winter, it's harder to get around as the roads can get sketchy in bad weather.

    If you are a skier, you must visit Tahoe in winter. There are amazing ski resorts. Heavenly is not as gonzo as Squaw and Alpine Village, but a solid resort. I've skied most often at Heavenly and Sugar Bowl over the years. Heavenly probably a bit more often. They have a good range of runs for different skill levels. Some of my favorite cruiser runs are at Heavenly. You can't beat those views if you are there on a clear day.

    Like someone else said, the only issue with CA skiing is the availability of snow. Looks like there is a whole bunch of nothing this year. They do make snow, but it's not quite the same.

    I'm not sure you can go wrong in any season in Lake Tahoe.
     
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  7. Laugh

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    Up until the last week of June in North Lake Tahoe, the weather can be risky. There's a reason the Hyatt Regency in Tahoe prices literally jump 2x in price from the third to the fourth week in June. June 18-22nd, cheap-but risky weather, June 23rd and one it will be warm-hot.
    Go to Tahoe after Fourth of July to get some hot weather. Like everyone else said, the water is still cold but it's refreshing when you're drinking margaritas.
    This year seems to be warm, no snow. Summer will probably hit early. Can't beat Tahoe snow in California either. I've only been to Heavenly and Northstar. Both are recommended.
     
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    I have visited Tahoe several times in the summer and winter. It is a magical place year round but I prefer the summer. I live in Florida so I don't care that the lake is too cold to swim. The weather is spectacular as well as the views. My knock on skiing is thst Heavenly seems more horizontal than I would like, leading to a lot of traversing and poling to get from point a to point b. However , the lake views from the mountain are unbeatable . We really like Harvey's.
     
  9. billg72340

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    It sounds like we will need to make two trips! Thanks for the insight.
     
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    Perfect solution! :thumbsup:
     
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    I just got a mailer today with the free junket offer to either Harrah's Reno or Harrah's lake tahoe, similar to the Laughlin offer with the charter plane and 5 nights... so check your mail I guess if you have a TR card, they sent me dates in April, May, and June.
     
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    Harrahs Reno is to be avoided. Tahoe is nice at any time of year—if you don’t ski I would go in summer. If you do—Feb or March. There usually isn’t much snow until after Christmas.
     
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    Not much snow in Tahoe right now, we're going up for the three day weekend. Weather is calling for a dusting of snow Sunday night.
     
  14. billg72340

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    I get the 4 night Laughlin offer about once a month but have yet to get one for Tahoe however my TR calendar shows mostly zeros.
     
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