There are several ways to get to the slopes to ski or ride. Lucky people boot up, walk out the door, step in and theyâ€™re off. Affluent people get on a helicopter. Others, hop in the car for a ride for anything from ten minutes to several hours before arriving at the mountain. Bus trips are popular and often very reasonably priced. In Europe trains are popular.
If you are in South Lake Tahoe, try taking a boat to Homewood Mountain Ski Resor.t
The Bleu Wave offers a boat ride, breakfast and a full day of skiing or riding at Homewood.
The motor yacht Bleu Wave is over 70 feet long and can accommodate up to 50 people. It leaves from the south shore pier dock.
Deck hands load the skis, board, boots and bags while passengers are encourage to go below. Stowing skis and boards on a boat is much different than in a bus or on a ski rack. One hand stays on the dock while another in below as the skis and boards are passed through a porthole.
Once underway the boat ride to the west side of the lake takes about an hour. During that time the kind and pleasant staff serve continental breakfast. Passengers are permitted, and encouraged, to walk about the boat and are welcome on the bridge to talk with the captain.
Lake Tahoe is beautiful from the ski slopes of Heavenly. The scenic views of the Lake are equally impressive from the desk of a boat.
The Bleu Wave docks at the West Shore Cafe and Inn. After the equipment is unloaded you simply walk less than 300 feet across the West Lake Blvd and you are at Homewood.
Homewood Mountain Ski Resort is not Heavenly. In its simple way it is a throwback to the 1970's in a good way. The lodge is functional and cozy. Peak time lift tickets for adults are $51.00.
What Homewood lacks in vertical, 1650 feet, it makes up in breadth and character. It is not a big mountain but it offers a wide range of trails with good tree skiing on the north faces. The eight lifts service the entire mountain.
Great views of Lake Tahoe abound. On a clear day one can easily see the trails on Heavenly.
At the end of day of the Mountain you walk back across West Lake Blvd to the West Shore Cafe. Deck hands stow your equipment and you board the Bleu Wave for the return trip. One the way back appetizers are served and one can partake of the fully stocked bar.