Snowboarding & Skiing
I don't know about you, but I LOVE snowboarding. There is something so magical about being out on the snowy mountain side, strapped to a board, cruising down. It's hard to explain, but it feels almost magical. It is almost as if I warp into a new dimension as I drive through the forested mountain side into Tahoe for a snowboarding excursion. The vastness that I am surrounded by reminds me how small I am in life, and puts in perspective how small all my problems really are. When I am snowboarding, it is as if everything fades, all my problems dissipate, all other aspects of life are removed, and the only thing that matters is me, my next move, what I am going to learn, the wind in my face, the sun beating down onto me, and the joy I feel. It is one place and one activity in the world where I come totally alive and feel so free, so at peace, so one with my surroundings. Yes, magical is truly the best descriptive word. My favorite place to go hit the slopes is obviously Tahoe, both North & South. Shasta is an option, but I think you get more bang for your buck in Tahoe and a whole lot more options! Who doesn't love options??? Tahoe has a great mix of resorts for skiers, snowboarders, beginners, or advanced, and even family fun! Below I am providing direct links to some of the most popular resorts available in Tahoe. ENJOY! :)
Sierra At Tahoe (My personal long standing favorite) Sierra is located in South Lake Tahoe, actually a bit closer then the actual city of. It is the closest resort to access on the South Shore. It is smaller, some say, but I feel it has a wide array of fun moderate runs, and several upbeat and fun pubs to hang out. Saturday nights they often have live music in the main pub, and in the West Bowl you can always sit outdoors lounge chair style and catch some midday Vitamin D on a spring ski afternoon. There is also the pub at the top of Grandview that offers indoor & outdoor seating with some spectacular views from the roof deck. Sierra is known for lots of diverse park action, and usually a 1/2 pipe. This resort has awesome packages for beginnings learning to ride, and extremely fair and affordable season pass rates. Lastly, Sierra's location makes it an excellent resort choice on higher wind days, because it doesn't get the full wind exposure that some other resorts are susceptible to.
Sugar Bowl (My personal second favorite). This is located on the North Shore. It is the closest accessible resort on the North shore. Sugar bowl has some long and outstandingly fun park terrain if that is your thing. The run options are very diverse making it an awesome resort for all levels. In my experience it never feels extremely crowded. In addition, it also has a wide spectrum of pubs and cafes to choose from for some down time and fun.
Heavenly Ski Resort is located right in the heart of South Lake Tahoe. It makes it a very convenient resort to visit when staying in South Shore for your trip. I have found it to be very heavily populated with tourist and families, and often crowded feeling, although there are still some super sick runs to hit there. I feel it is not always the best choice for very windy days, because it gets hit by the high winds and during bad weather is often forced to close certain lift areas. It is also fun because it has the whole central area with all the shops and dining providing both day and evening entertainment.
Kirkwood is known for having some of the best snow and riding condition, being it sets much higher up then other South Shore resorts. It is often not crowded, making it easy to hit a ton of runs in little time. The downside is that it is much further away then the other resorts and harder to access during a storm or heavy weather days.
Homewood Mountain, nestled on the North Shore, is small and quant. I simply love it. I think it is an awesome resort for a powder day, where there is always untouched powder to be found. Homewood is also on the more affordable side in comparison to most of the other Tahoe resorts available, especially with their mid week rates.
Squaw Valley is also North Shore. It is extremely large, very touristy. It is, like Heavenly, a full resort, offering shopping, dining, and lodging. I can't really say much more. I do feel that it is always awesome though to experience everywhere and find what you love the most! :)
Alpine Meadows is also located on the North Shore. I have yet to explore this resort, although I have some friends that simply love it. As mentioned above, I think it is a great idea to experience all of the resorts for variety and finding what you love the most, depending on what is important to you.
HAPPY RIDING!!!!! ....and .... don't forget your helmet - cuz your noggin is your biggest asset!!!!!!