Alpine Meadows is one of the best buys for your dollar in Tahoe. $39 ($49 holiday) lift tickets means you save a ton of money.
However, you still get 2,000 skiiable acres of terrain. It's the perfect place for the intermediate skiier, with its great mix of intermediate and easier advanced slopes (warning - not a lot of beginner slopes, and not a lot of very hard black diamonds), and very efficient lift lines. For some reason, this ski resort doesn't get as crowded as others (maybe people think that for $39, it can't be much of a place to ski?).
Get here early to find a good parking spot, or risk hiking a good distance or waiting for the shuttle.
This store has a great selection of books, and they'll find and/or order you something if you can't find it in the store that day. That's the good part that I've experienced first hand.
The bad part is that this store gets a lot of traffic (mall location), and so can get pretty noisy and messy - books and magazines all over the place, bathroom reeks. So if you're looking for a place to relax for the afternoon, this might not be the place.
Additionally, many college and high school students use the Cafe to study at (SF State and Lowell High very nearby), so it's literally impossible to find a place to sit at the Cafe. I repeat - impossible! And they're pretty lax on the enforcement of buying something to eat/drink in order to use the Cafe seating.
So overall, good place to find a book, but not a great place to hang out.
These guys have everything you need whether you're a beginning or advanced runner.
Great staff offering great customer service. They are extremely helpful in guiding beginners through the process of picking the correct shoes for their feet/running style, and even offer great tips and advice on how to get started.
One caveat - try to go at a non-peak time (i.e .not weekend afternoon), for even quicker service, as this store can get packed at times.
Sports Basement has it all, and I'm most impressed by their great return policy on running shoes.
I bought a pair and went running in them. After about 10-15 miles, I discovered they just weren't the right fit.
Sports Basement very generously gave me a full refund.
I like that they wanted to work with me to find the right shoe.
1. You can a free tennis club membership, which entitles you to 10% discounts on tennis equipment purchases, and a free re-stringing every few times.
2. Great deals on ski waxing- $5 per skis. Can't beat that price. However, please note that it can sometimes take up to a week to get your skis back (because of the high volume they do).
Since this is located in the Stonestown Galleria, parking is plentiful (unlike other San Francisco sporting good stores).
I've never waited more than 5 minutes to get my haircut here. All the stylists are friendly and work well with the style of cuts you want. They don't try to push any products on you like other salons do.
Pay $15 to become a lifteime member of REI. As a member, you get unlimited lift ticket discounts to most major Tahoe ski resorts (for instance $10 off at Northstar, $6 off at Squaw). This lifetime membership paid for itself as soon as I bought two lift tickets for me and my wife.
In addition, you'lll get great discounts off other REI merchandise. Even if you're not an avid outsdoorsman, you'll easily make your $15 back quickly.