California/Nevada 2018-19 Tahoe Ski Resorts/Conditions/Meetups Thread....

Discussion in 'General Resort Discussion' started by Jed Peters, Sep 3, 2018.

  1. Andy Mink

    Andy Mink I am a half fast skier. Moderator Pugski Ski Tester

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    Rose is gorgeous today. Sunny, light breeze, not cold. Soft groomers with soft scrape on top. 20190110_091158.jpg
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  2. skibob

    skibob Making fresh tracks Skier

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  3. oldfashoned

    oldfashoned Getting off the lift Skier

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    We are going to Squaw on Saturday. I’m thinking it’s going to be a dreadful traffic morning :(
     
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  4. Andy Mink

    Andy Mink I am a half fast skier. Moderator Pugski Ski Tester

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    I bailed about 11:15. It was getting fairly crowded and I didn't want to push the knee. I got to the parking lot (3, above the Rose lodge) and it was full. So was the Rose main lot. That was pretty surprising for a Thursday.
     
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  5. LuliTheYounger

    LuliTheYounger I'm just here to bother my mom Skier

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    Really nice day at Squaw! We got a couple great laps on Siberia first thing in the morning before it got tracked out; it was Florida Man's first expedition up there & we were stoked to luck out on the conditions. I was also stoked to encounter the MOST Argentinian liftie ever, holding the biggest mate I'd ever seen & trying to hide a thermos that must've held about 500 gallons. Didn't catch her name but regardless she is now immortalized in my heart.
     


  6. murphysf

    murphysf Putting on skis Skier

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    Does anyone know if any of the car rental companies at SFO rent AWD vehicles? Or if one could be requested with advance notice.

    I tried to call a few of them this morning however was connected to a general call center at the companies headquarters and then were unable to tell me.

    Short of going to the rental counters at SFO in person I thought I would ask here if anyone has had success renting an AWD vehicle from SFO.
     
  7. raytseng

    raytseng Out on the slopes Skier

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    most of the SUVs out of airport rental will be new, and the fleet model in the SUV class they buy typically has awd. I've rented before and everytime got awd vehicle, but its not guaranteed . you will not be able to tell until at the counter.

    Don't prepay or use auction/bidding sites, only take a reservation where you can walkaway.

    You will have better confirmation of an awd with a local location (ind. operated).

    Or you can check the p2p options such as turo or get around. the carshare programs like zipcar will let you pick exact cars but that is intended for longer term signup and subscription and not for one time visitor.
     
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  8. murphysf

    murphysf Putting on skis Skier

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    Thanks! Which rental car company did you get an AWD from at SFO? How long ago was this.
     
  9. LuliTheYounger

    LuliTheYounger I'm just here to bother my mom Skier

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    @murphysf Not sure about other companies, but we had a whacky run-in with Budget in Sacramento over the AWD. Florida Man reserved an SUV, and when we got there they claimed that he'd only reserved a 2 wheel drive & that AWD is an extra $50 a day.
     
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  10. dbostedo

    dbostedo Asst. Gathermeister-- Jackson Hole 2020 Moderator Team Gathermeister

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    Wow... I've never heard of a major rental company even offering to guarantee AWD/4WD in the US, much less charge more for it. Something to start looking for I guess.
     
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  11. SpikeDog

    SpikeDog You want Big Air, kid? Skier

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    Headed to Tahoe area Jan 26-29, hitting Mt Rose first (never skied there before). I'm trying to see if the Chutes are open, but don't see a run by run listing on the Mt Rose website. Is this info available on line? Looking at Alpine/Squaw/Kirkwood for the same type of info, but haven't rooted around much yet for those areas.
     
  12. Andy Mink

    Andy Mink I am a half fast skier. Moderator Pugski Ski Tester

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    Chutes aren't open. They'll need some more snow that may come next week. Check here for conditions. It'll tell you if the Chute gates are open.
     
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  13. raytseng

    raytseng Out on the slopes Skier

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    Avis/budget national/enterprise and hertz are the better chances to have a modern fleet. I've rented from avis/national/hertz from SFO before and SUVs had AWD, but this was more than 5 years ago before I got my own AWD SUV. The smaller outfits maybe more roll the dice.
    There is no car rental at SFO terminal, unless you're doing some special concierge or P2P carshare where the owner leaving the car for you in the lot.
    It's all out of a car rental center which is a shuttle or airtrain peoplemover actually down the road.

    Since you have to travel, I can also say there is also a SIXT; which is located not in rentalcar complex; but in it's own lot. It's no further away from the terminal, it's just by itself, next to Costco. They have their own shuttles to get you in/out. Just from eye when I drive past, their cars look new and shiny, which is always a sign they choose 1step above the barebones models; but I can't confirm awd-ness.

    Another Part of it is, I'm playing the carrental game, and signed up for all their membership programs, and gave away all my info to them online. By doing so, I am signalling to them that I am a business traveler who maybe a repeat business (vs a leisure 1time traveler). This way the hope is they don't treat me like a rube off the street to waste time and upsell as I won't go with them next time.
     
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  14. dbostedo

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    I've rented an SUV probably 8 or 9 times in New England and out west, and it's been AWD/4WD every time (from Manchester, Denver, Albuquerque, Mammoth Lakes, and Salt Lake City).

    I know there's a bit of luck involved there, but it's pretty likely that you'll get one, or can ask for one. Most of mine have been Avis, but a couple also from National... and I think one from Budget and one from Hertz? But I can't remember for sure.

    EDIT : Just remembered that I also rented an SUV once in Myrtle Beach, and it was also AWD, and unecessarily so.
     
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  15. SSSdave

    SSSdave life is short precious ...don't waste it Skier

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    After bailing driving up yesterday did today getting in about 4 hours at KW on my season day 8. Much better base now and cold snow is really enjoyable. Skied Look-Out-Yanek continuously. 4 straight runs were 1 stoppers. Tower 8 to 10 beneath the lift was particularly great. 3 runs from the top nonstop all the way to tower 9. Mr Rubber Band was locked in zone but eventually became Mr Wimp. Had not skied since January 19.

    ETLV pass tomorrow have to ski HV that will be more shallow.
     
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  16. LabMan

    LabMan No Turns Skier

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    My wife & I will be at Squaw/Alpine Mon-Tues & Weds and I haven't been in 30 years and she has never been........we would truly appreciate any some local help with getting around the mountain. Thanks!
     
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  17. Philpug

    Philpug Enjoying being back on two skis. Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    Sorry we are going to miss you :(.
     
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  18. Philpug

    Philpug Enjoying being back on two skis. Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    We ( @Andy Mink and I) will be around. Meet at Dave's Deli at 9 and we can give you the lay of the land. Andy will be taking it easy with a recovering knee.
     
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  19. Tony

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    You may want to hit Mt Rose last as they have Two’fer Tuesday on lift tickets. If you are flying out of Reno, it’s also closer to airport. https://skirose.com/snow-report/ says Chuter lift (required to get back to Slide base from bottom of Chutes) is closed and
    CHUTES GATES
    CLOSED
    Notes: All Chutes gates are CLOSED.


    Kirkwood has been nearly 100% open for weeks (not sure about Hell’s Delight, which takes a lot of snow, and have not seen T-bar run this year.) I’m not sure of my skiing schedule for the next month, but if I’m planning to be at Kirkwood, I’ll send you a PM. I could share a couple of discount tickets and show you around.
     
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  20. textrovert

    textrovert Reelin' in the years Skier

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    Pulled into Sierra at a leisurely 10:15am today morning and everything was full... They were starting to line their road to 50.

    Preferred parking pass totally paid off today. Even though even that lot was full, they were making space for cars with parking passes in other lots. Ended up literally 20 steps from the snow-
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    Huckleberry Gate#2 (North Bowl, East of East Trees) opened up for the first time this season today. No ski buddy for that terrain today so I just gaped it-
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    We'll always have Eastabout bumps , haha-
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    After cruising West Bowl for a few laps, time for a Baja break- :D
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