We have never been to Tahoe and am wondering which area is best for winter skiing for beginners (with a ski school) and which is best for summer (with hiking, water activities). We are not into gambling at all.
Where are the less crowded, smaller hills. It's our 8 year old that is a beginner. Thank you!If you are absolute beginners at skiing (<2 days on skis), there is no reason to go to one of the large ski hills to learn. The big crowds, high lift ticket prices, and long walks from the parking lot are unnecessary.
On the north shore of Tahoe, not the south shore. The smaller hills where I took my kids when they were beginners were Donner Ski Ranch, Diamond, Soda Springs, Tahoe Donner, Homewood, Mt. Rose, and probably others I have forgotten. But if the adults ski, several of these will not have enough terrain to be interesting.Where are the less crowded, smaller hills. It's our 8 year old that is a beginner. Thank you!
When will you be travelling? Sierra snowfall is plentiful but variable. If you are thinking about Christmas, about 25% of the time Christmas season is terrible with only a fraction of the terrain open. Without any further info, considering the 8-year old, I would suggest Northstar. Reasonable chance for snow early and late season and more family friendly than Squaw-Alpine Meadows. Weekends can be crowded, though, and double-black diamond skiers will be bored. Sugar Bowl is another possibility, a really fun place to ski. You might also consider Homewood. Fantastic view of the Lake! Good place to go after a snow storm as most people stop off at Squaw. Also, a bit more sheltered from the winds which follow a major storm.Where are the less crowded, smaller hills. It's our 8 year old that is a beginner. Thank you!
I too would recommend the summer over the winter.
We live in the Bay Area and both my children grew up watching the rainfall to gauge the trip to Tahoe in the Winter. Like what Robert posted, you can be stuck with chain control for HOURS at Applegate- Highway 80 past Sacramento waiting for the roads to be clear enough to drive with chains or a 4 WD. That said, if you want a beginner school, Alpine Meadows, now part of Squaw, has an excellent ski school. You will not have to slog through a huge parking lot to the gondola that Squaw has. If you are an experience skier, you can warm up on the black diamonds/high blues to gauge your abilities. Both my children learned at Alpine and there are only two sides, so you can find your children. If you are an intermediate, Alpine and Sugar Bowl will work fine. The South Shore has Heavenly with two sides; the California Side with its own lift and the Nevada Side. If you are not staying at the Base at Heavenly. (Nevada side), the trek to the Gondola can be logistically difficult with your equipment. Also, the top may closed between the Nevada and the California sides if there are high winds, stranding you on one side if your car is parked on the other. However, if the weather is clear and the wind behaves, the views from the top are stunning. They have a ski school on both sides.We have never been to Tahoe and am wondering which area is best for winter skiing for beginners (with a ski school) and which is best for summer (with hiking, water activities). We are not into gambling at all.