So, a few years ago, I made a thread in anticipation of my trip to Utah and NSers were super helpful with hidden gem food spots, nightlife, and just general ski trip recommendations. I'm heading to Lake Tahoe in March for a little ski vacation and figured I'd take another stab at it.
Being that I live on the East Coast, I only have one ski and it is most definitely park oriented (83mm waist). I've done a little research to find some shops that do performance gear rentals but prices are effectively on par with buying a decent used kit. Are there any shops in the area that are freeski friendly where I could potentially arrange the purchase of a ski in advance? Like, I call ahead and buy a ski, show up and it's ready for me to go?
What is the weather typically like in March out there? My friends and I have a friend that is currently living in Reno, but he has only been there since July so we don't necessarily have insight into springtime weather. The area is having a particularly gnarly season (Kirkwood just got something like 8ft of snow overnight). One thing that is particularly of concern to my friends and I is lift-accessible terrain in avy-danger zones. We have the ability to take an AIARE Level 1 Course here at Mt. Washington. Is it necessary, do you believe it to be worthwhile considering the likely conditions in March? I'd rather be over-prepared than under-prepared, but the course and gear are not cheap.
What's the nightlife like in the area? Any good lesser-known watering holes or hidden gem restaurants? I have a strong affinity for Mexican food, so if there are any legit Mexican places out there, I need to know.
We are pretty locked in for the resorts we will be visiting & our accommodations, so I don't really need any recommendations in that realm. As always, thanks a lot NS!