Ski Resort Review – Homewood
Homewood is a great hidden gem on the west shore of Lake Tahoe. When you think about Lake Tahoe, Homewood is normally not the first mountain that pops into your mind. Instead, others associate Lake Tahoe with bigger well-known resorts like Squaw or Northstar, but that does not mean that Homewood has nothing to offer.
One of my favorite parts about Homewood is the relaxed vibe and short lines. Homewood is a smaller mountain compared to Squaw or Alpine but it offers some amazing views of Lake Tahoe and a nice old-fashioned ski resort feel. Many of the lifts are older, as they only have one high-speed quad, which allows plenty of time to let your legs rest and enjoy the scenery. Homewood offers mainly beginner to intermediate terrain with a few expert runs that you have to traverse out to get to. This is a great mountain to take the entire family to for a mellow day.
Another great thing about Homewood is that they usually remain open when Squaw or Alpine is closed because of wind-hold or avalanche danger. I love this because when everyone else is waiting for the wind-hold to end, I can simply cruise 15-20 minutes down the road to Homewood and enjoy fresh powder all day long.
Homewood does offer a terrain park for those of you that like jumps and rails but I have spent little time in it because I normally go here to ski pow. From what I have seen, it is smaller than other resorts like Northstar or Squaw, however it still looks like it could be a lot of fun.
Overall, Homewood is a great resort for all levels of skiing and riding. It offers some of the best views of Lake Tahoe while skiing around the Lake and rarely shuts down the entire mountain. The atmosphere is very relaxed and you will hardly spend time waiting in lines. Although you might get a little cold while sitting on the chair lift, the untouched snow and beautiful views of the Lake will surely be worth the wait.