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Tahoe season pass best bang for your buck?
I'm living relatively close to Tahoe this year and I'm debating if it's worth it to buy a season pass this year. So I was wondering, what's the best deal in Tahoe?
How close is relatively close? It kind of depends where you want to shred.
Boreal, Homewood, Diamond Peak and June Mountain (near Mammoth) all partnered to offer tickets to each other's resorts which is pretty sweet if you want to check out several of the under appreciated resorts in the area.
The Epic Local pass is probably the best bang for your buck for more well known resorts (Northstar Heavenly and Kirkwood)
Squaw/Alpine has always been my favorite but it's pretty pricy this season in my cheap ass opinion.
This is a shameless plug but I'm working on a round of of the best season pass deals for the season that will come out in the Tahoe Weekly Magazine sometime in early October. (There will also be around of of ski/snowboard movie premieres in the same issue so it's a pretty good one to check out).
Wow shit. I didn't read that before I posted. Sorry if you can't decipher all the typos lol.
I always get a boreal pass no matter what. I bought a sugar bowl pass this past winter and regretted it immensely. It is a college students dream. I bought a boreal pass last winter and got a normal one for 150 dollars. (dont 100% remember). It is open from 9am to 9pm and it opens way earlier in the season than most other resorts and is the last resort to close especially in recent years. When I occasionally stay in Truckee or tahoe I can get empty park rides all night. Although tahoe has been getting shafted with no snow boreal is one of the best at creating and maintaining a good park during the early and late part of the season. From my experience boreal often gets snow when many other mountains get rain or slush. Since its a smaller mountain they can maintain snow quality far easier (groom and blow snow at night)
Although Boreal is a small mountain ( 800 vertical feet of skiing) it still has plenty of room for okay terrain. its not squaw by any means but if the snow is right you can get fresh tracks all day (especially with no crowds even on holidays). Its also nice if friends want to ski because its super cheap to buy a day pass. normal tickets are 40 if you buy it the day before on the web and fridays for college students are 15.
Getting back to the meat of it. The terrain park is amazing. They're always changing it up, never letting it go bad, the jibs are unique, and it's never the same usually. I have skied all most everywhere in tahoe and boreal remains the best bang for your buck, its cheap, right off the freeway, friendly, and offers amazing quality.
I think I'm just doing the Squaw Alpine pass this year. $400 isn't bad. Thank god for college prices
Get a college pass at squaw for 400 with no blackout dates and a boreal night pass for 150 and you are set dude.
Depends on your location (gas prices are dropping and should be really low this winter) EpicLocal if you are closer to SOuth Lake is great but that is if you are going to ski Kirkwood a lot since generally speaking Kirkwood is futher away than other Tahoe mountains by around an hour.
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