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Hometown Hills: A Tahoe Tradition, Vital Stats

Hometown Hills: A Tahoe Tradition, Vital Stats

Travel
By Micah Abrams
posted: 10/25/1999

  • Phone
  • (530) 525-2992

  • Information
  • Homewood Mountain Resort, P.O. Box 165, Homewood, CA 96145; www.skihomewood.com.

  • Ticket Price
  • Adult $38; Junior (13-19) $25; Youth (11-12) $11; Senior (60 and older) $9; Kids under 10 ski free with an adult.

  • Vertical Drop
  • 1,650 feet

  • Snowfall
  • 450 inches

  • When to Go
  • Natural snowfall is most abundant in February and March. When blustery storms shut down other Tahoe areas, Homewood is usually up and running because it is sheltered by Ellis Peak.

  • Getting There
  • From Tahoe City, turn south and proceed 6 miles on Highway 89. From South Lake Tahoe, drive north on 89 for 19 miles.

  • Lodging
  • Sunnyside Lodge ($110-$175), with its popular bar and restaurant, offers mountain chic rooms and suites close to Tahoe City and just three miles from Homewood's slopes; (800) 822-2754. In Homewood proper, The Rockwood Lodge ($100-$200) is a quiet and luxurious, five-room bed and breakfast, with the marina 100 yards from its front door and Homewood's base area walking distance from its back door; (800) 538-2463; www.rockwoodlodge.com.

  • Eats
  • If you're based in Tahoe City, stop in at The Fire Sign Cafe for breakfast or lunch. Another local favorite for breakfast and lunch is the Stony Ridge Cafe in Tahoma, just 1 mile from Homewood's slopes. Make like a regular and order the Turkey a la Stony. For dinner, Wolfdale's in Tahoe City serves California Cuisine with an Asian influence.

  • Drinks
  • Anything prepared by Ridge Pub Manager Bob Kupka, who has been a Homewood institution for 20 years. Another option is to head to Tahoe City to lounge at the lakeside bar at Sunnyside. For a caffeine fix, there is a no better place than the Old Tahoe Cafe for plain, old-fashioned coffee (right in Homewood) or a fancy espresso (if you must).

  • Locals' Tip
  • On a sunny day, grab a picnic table on-mountain at the Warming Hut deck, order up a burger, catch a horizon full of Lake Tahoe and smile¿because you're at Homewood.

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