Post # 1
Good Morning Ladies!
My FH and I moved to NC last year to be closer to my family. We live near the beach and have enjoyed oodles of time there. Our 2 year old son is a true beach baby.
When we started plannin our honeymoon we were looking at the Caribbean, basically becuase It seemed to be the thing to do.
In a moment of brilliance, we decided to change it up at the las minute. We are both BIG fans of snow and have been missing it dearly. My mom had a timeshare she could trade for us and I looked at CO and UT but they only offered three day packages.
We finally ended up choosing a resort at Lake Tahoe and I couldnt be happier! Apparently we will be there during their annual Snow Festival.
The wedding is on Feb 15th and we will be in Tahoe from the 21st to the 28th.
All that rambling leads to this. Has anyone ever been there that time of year? I need some thought on the weather. I dont even own a winter jacket anymore so Im trying to get an idea of how cold it might be. We’d like to get in some skiing while we are there.
Has anyone ever gone and have some suggestions of places to go and things to do?
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
How fun! I’ve never been during the Snow Festival but it sounds like they’ll have a bunch of non-skiing/snowboarding activities going on. Your concierge will likely be the best source of info. Also make friends with the kids who work the resorts, they know all the best local spots.
Tahoe weather in Feb can be highly variable… it could be dumping for hours, or you could get a nice bluebird day. Generally by Feb the base is decent, so all the lifts should be open and you can get off the groomed runs. (Sorry, I don’t know much about cross-country in Tahoe though.) Temps are below freezing at night, but during the day I’d say in the 40-55 range is par for the course.
As far as clothes go, layers are key. Have 1 good pair of snowboard/ski pants and a snowboard/ski jacket– underneath you can have long underwear pants, and feel free to layer as much/little on the top as feels comfortable. My jacket’s nicely insulated so I usually go with a thermal and tshirt. If it’s SUPER cold I throw a light poly layer over that. I would suggest NOT getting a ski bib since it’ll be a pain to use the girl’s room.
Don’t forget socks can make or break your day; invest in a good pair with moisture wicking, and bring moleskin with you so that if you feel a hot spot, you can doctor it up in the lodge. Blisters are no fun for anyone, especially on a honeymoon! Ski gloves are also necessary for keeping your hands toasty.
Not sure what resort you’re at, but there’s a fair amount of travel between the north and south sides of the lake. If you’re looking at different mountains, Kirkwood and Squaw have great all-around skiing, from the bunny slopes to double blacks, and sweet powder off the backside and in the glades. Heavenly is smaller but similarly approachable for most levels; Sugar Bowl as I recall was more geared towards beginners.
Fiance spent a season working/playing up there so I’d be happy to ask him for recs if you need more. Hope this helps!
Post # 4
What are you planning to do in Tahoe? I think it’s still pretty cold there, I remember going snowboarding once around that time. You could look at all the ski resorts…. if you’re a beginner skiier/snowboarder, you can get an all day pass with lift tickets, equipment rental, and 1 hour lessons for under $100/person (I think it’s around $80 each). If you want to drive, you can go to Reno, Nevada for a day, I think it’s about 1.5 hours away or take some kind of shuttle there. You could also drive to Sacramento if you wanted (4 hour drive). Driving to SF is also possible and is a 4-6 hour drive, depending on how bad traffic is.
Post # 5
Thanks for the advice!!
We are staying at the Hyatt High Sierra Lodge which is in Incline Village. We will be renting a car so I hope to maybe go to Old Virginia or something while we are there too.
We really want to ski since neither of us have done so since we were kids.
Do you think I should invest in some boots to talk around in?
Good call on the ski bibs. I was looking at a pair but ended up getting pants instead and now im glad i did. I have the worlds smallest bladder, haha. Thank you ebay!
Ive been looking at jackets since the only one I own now is a wool dress coat.
Im so excited!
Post # 6
I basically spend the day on the mountain when I go up, then drive back home, so sorry I won’t be of much help on the Old Virginia front.
But as far as setting yourself up, boots are definitely a good call. Tennis shoes will be too slick on the ice… plus you want something nice and cushy after being locked into ski boots all day.
For gear, check out backcountryoutlet and fogdog and usoutdoorstore for decent jackets. I actually ski in my snowboard jacket because I love all the pockets and the little snow apron part that covers your butt so snow doesn’t go down your pants. And like you’ve already discovered, ebay is a great resource too.
One last thing– I’m assuming you’re renting a car, so make sure they give you an ice scraper with it, and chains if it’s not 4WD.