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snowboarding in NoCal?

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by nitro girl, Feb 7, 2002.

  1. nitro girl

    nitro girl Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 9, 2001
    albany NY
    alright, i can't vary my topics much. anyhow, Im looking to visit my friend in palo alto over break and am wondering whats the 411 on ski resorts in the NoCal area? how easy is it to access them, how far, how much?

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  3. AJM

    AJM SDN Moderator Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Jun 25, 2001
    You might want to move this question to the lounge, where you will certainly get more replies.

    My thoughts on the NorCal slopes -- Lake Tahoe area is SO COOL! There are a ton of resorts to choose from, and they are not very far away from the Bay Area. My favorite is Kirkwood ( It's about 3 and a half hours from Palo Alto, is a little removed from the Lake Tahoe area so it's not quite as crouded as some of the other places, and it has a great variety of slopes, including several terrain parks if you're into those.

    Other good ones are Northstar, Squaw Valley, and Sugar Bowl -- all in the North Lake Tahoe area. Squaw is particularly good, but also can be quite crouded. Most of the resorts are within a 4 hour drive and are very easy to access as long as you're not driving in the middle of a snow storm. Most of the resorts cost around $50-60 for an adult one day pass. Kirkwood is having a promotion right now where you can buy 4 passes at Costco for $41 each. (and no, I don't work for Kirkwood! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> )

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