"Homewood - Where green is blue and black is blue" Homewood Sports & Outdoors Tip by karenincalifornia
Homewood Sports & Outdoors: 4 reviews and 4 photos
Isn't it funny how when you look at a ski resort's classification of its ski runs, the proportions are always the same for every ski resort? 25% beginner, 50% intermediate, 25% advanced and expert - or thereabouts. Of course, if you've skiied enough different resorts, you know that it's all relative for the ski resort itself - there are no ski industry rules that define what is expert and what is beginner.
Homewood describes itself as "15% beginner, 50% intermediate, and 35% advanced terrain", but I am here to tell you it is 95% intermediate and 5% beginner. (That Quail Face bowl doesn't count as expert since it is basically unskiable under any conditions) There is no extreme skiing to be found here - you won't find a huge cornice as a launching pad for landing waist deep into powder -- nor will you find long meandering flat green runs for the beginners.
The topography makes Homewood an all intermediate mountain. The ski resort is built on the west side of the lake with slopes that rise directly up from the lake. Because of its close proximity to the lake, there are no high, craggy peaks at the top of the resort. On the other hand, there are no truly flat areas either.
The green runs are really blue. The black runs are also really blue (merely ungroomed). All this was fine for my purposes when I went there in Feb. 2005 with my daughter. We just wanted a day of kick back skiing with close in parking and very little driving. And we got exactly what we were looking for at Homewood so we had absolutely no complaints.
Address: Homewood, CA
Directions: 6 miles south of Tahoe City on Highway 89
Phone: 530-525-2900 (snow conditions)