Oct 26, 2011
Who wants to talk shop when there’s 8,000 acres of world-class terrain, from high-alpine glaciers to giant hemlock forests, spread across two mountains plastered by a stable maritime snowpack?
Located in the heart of heli-skiing country.
Thanks to recent efforts by the resort, including increased avalanche control and early-season boot-packing, you can now rip down Lake Louise’s 2,500-acre Powder Bowls.
Don’t go to Homewood for high-speed quads (there’s only one), base-village shopping (none), or tons of vertical (1,650 feet from top to bottom). Go to the West Shore resort for empty slopes, cheap lift tickets, and arguably the region’s best views of Lake Tahoe. For the ski area’s most challenging terrain, hit the Ellis chair and take a mellow hike out to Quail Face, which has short but steep drops with a couple of rock bands and wide aprons. Because Homewood is lower in elevation, it doesn’t get the same severe weather as other resorts nearby. So when everything on Squaw’s upper mountain is on wind hold, Homewood will probably be running every chair.
Local secret: Homewood’s bar is one of the greatest base-lodge bars anywhere. Like the mountain, it’s reasonably priced, friendly, and downto- earth. Bartender Joe always sports a vest and tie.