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On a powder day, if you're trying to avoid the crowds at Palisades, Alpine, and Northstar... look no further than the west shore of Homewood. ... Full Review
As of 2-13-21 the snow depth at the peak of homewood was 146 inches at the peak (7900 ft) while the snow depth at the base was 94 inches (6200 ft). Both of these numbers are definitely embellished. The season total is 183 inches at the peak, and 111 inches at the base. Total snowfall in California usually compresses to about half its depth. Therefore, the true depth of snow at Homewood is likely 90 inches at the peak, and 55 inches at the base. Additionally, there have been several warm weeks during this winter with lots of melting. Nearby squaw valley is reporting 63 inches at the base (6200 ft) and 105 at the peak (8200 ft).Northstar, also nearby, has an 80 inch base depth (at 8600 ft) and a 34 inch base depth at the bottom (6200 ft). With so little total snowfall, and such a deep base compared to other regional mountains, it is clear that the snow depth of Homewood Mountain Resort is EMBELLISHED.... Full Review
Management is horrible and price is far too expensive. Experience will not change because of conditions. Resort refuses to put $ back in to the place, just wants to line pockets of the higher ups. Unfortunate because amazing views and decent tree riding. Also friendly employees.... Full Review
I live in Tahoe full time and use to ski Homewood about 3-5 times a season back in the 1990's. I hadn't been back there in decades, but decided to ski there again for old-times sake last Saturday. I was hugely disappointed.
The Ellis Chairlift is essential to the mountain because it is the only way to get from one base to the other without taking a bus. Well, the chair appears to be completely out of commission with no sign of any attempts to get it back working this season. As a result of the chair being down there is really only one chair that is worth skiing, and even that is generous because that chair only serves a few blue runs. All the skiers are skiing the same few blue runs and then waiting in line for the same lift to do it all over again.
To make matters worse, Homewood is charging almost $160 for a day pass. Just for comparison, I was able to buy a 4-day pass at Squaw Valley over President's Day weekend for only $369, and I can use those 4 days any time I want. Who ever thought Squaw would be so much cheaper that Homewood????
Lastly, Homewood has the feel of being run like it is getting ready to go broke. They aren't putting any money back in to the mountain. In terms of comparing it to a resort of equivalent size, I'd much rather go to Diamond Peak any day of the week.... Full Review
My family has a house in Tahoe City that has been in the family since the 60’s. My family and I have been frequenting Homewood since I was a child or for the last 35+ years, and I have always loved it. This year I thought it would be a good time for me to get my 3 little boys to my favorite spot to teach them how to snowboard. I taught for 4 years at Northstar while going through college at UNR. So I paid for lift tickets for me and my three boys online for Monday, December 30th, with nothing on the website telling me that the tiny magic carpet at the bottom of the mountain was going to be the only thing open for them. Both rope tows were down for “routine maintenance”, yet I didn’t see anyone working on them. I was very disappointed and would have been able to get the same or very similar experience at the free public sled hill by our house in Tahoe city. I paid about $450 stayed for about 3 hours and never even had an opportunity to strap my board on fully. The magic carpet is so small there is barely an opportunity to get one turn in before having unlatch get in line again. Very inefficient, ineffective and not a fun way to learn the sport in my opinion. I tried to bring it up to the manager on duty (unfortunately I didn’t catch his name) but he didn’t seem like my concern was valid and wasn’t interested hearing me out or that he even cared that I was disappointed. In the short time we were there I can also say that I spoke with 4 or 5 other groups that were very disappointed for the exact same reasons. I provided this input to the resort on two separate occasions and didn’t get any reply whatsoever. I won’t be back, nor will my family and friends who I will be sharing this experience with. Don’t want anyone else wasting their money and ruining an experience for young skiers/boarders like we did.... Full Review
Spent 12/19 on mountain. South lodge was still closed but was soon to open. The snow was soft. Some parts were powdery & the groomed runs were great. Small crounds on a Thursday. No lines. Staff were so friendly. Had the fish tacos at the north lodge and it was so good! Staff informed us they're not giving out cups for water, you can bring your own refillable container or buy one there. Environmentally conscious :)... Full Review
I loved my day at homewood. After skiing Alpine for two weekends, my partner and I mixed it up and decided to do something with cheaper lift tickets. We were absolutely shocked at how much friendlier everybody was, how much cheaper it was, and how much better the intermediate slopes were. The views were also absolutely breathtaking. I will not be going back to alpine until I feel like I can take advantage of the black slopes. I’ll be coming back to homewood. I’d recommend it to anybody who doesn’t feel like they need to spend money on a brand name to inflate their self esteem.... Full Review
All the most memorable days I've had have been at Homewood. It has the best views of the lake, the best tree skiing, and longest lasting powder!
If there is powder, you can enjoy it all day, unlike most resorts where it's skied out quickly. Homewood has so much great tree skiing that you can just play in the powder, zigzagging through the forest for the whole day-- you'll find yourself giggling like a little girl and hearing others laughing their asses off in every direction. It's that much fun when there's good snow here!
The best places are around the Old Homewood Express chair, which is the fastest on the mountain. The face (Dutch Treat and those runs) are also great for powdery tree skiing, but then you have the slower Ellis Chair to get back up. All along the front face around the Ellis Chair are great tree runs where you likely won't run into another person until you reach the lift.
The facilities are old and crumbling-- awaiting their redevelopment (hopefully soon...) The lodge and restaurants are not great. The mid-mountain blue bar (named after the pure blue lake views you get) actually has great wraps and snacks and you can sit out, listening to music and staring down at the whole of Lake Tahoe.... Full Review
Went 12/24/16; two lifts to get to top and all runs from top of first lift closed except the trail back to the lodge. By late afternoon, the 23rd-24th snowstorm had ended and left at least 2-ft of powder on upper runs. No real grooming took place and powder is up to your knees if you are a skiier. Awesome day on a snowboard. Just can't string a couple of runs together since the lower mountain is closed. Terrain park not open yet.... Full Review
We have had a great time every time here at Homewood. Beautiful, huge old-growth pines and stunning views of Lake Tahoe. Excellent snow depth and general conditions. Very well planned overall. Part of its charm is the ability to drive right up to the mountain, park and walk right onto the slopes. No parking fees. No behemoth base village structures. No big corporate agenda here (yet). Just good old fashioned winter fun.... Full Review
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