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Old 01-01-2010, 05:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Im trying to decide on a good ski resort to go to next time I go boarding at Tahoe. I went to Heavenly for 2 days and it was good, but the flat areas and how icy it gets got irritating after a while. I was thinking of trying either sierra, kirkwood, or homewood. Im looking for more beginner/intermediate runs for the rest of my family and it looks like kirkwood is more of an advanced mountain but it also gets the best snow and is a clear favorite. Sierra looks like it could be a good place and seems to have some really long cruisers and Homewood seems the same way (but a little smaller) and has a great view of the lake. If you guys could pick your favorite place in Tahoe, what would it be? thanks.
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Old 01-03-2010, 01:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Im trying to decide on a good ski resort to go to next time I go boarding at Tahoe. I went to Heavenly for 2 days and it was good, but the flat areas and how icy it gets got irritating after a while. I was thinking of trying either sierra, kirkwood, or homewood. Im looking for more beginner/intermediate runs for the rest of my family and it looks like kirkwood is more of an advanced mountain but it also gets the best snow and is a clear favorite. Sierra looks like it could be a good place and seems to have some really long cruisers and Homewood seems the same way (but a little smaller) and has a great view of the lake. If you guys could pick your favorite place in Tahoe, what would it be? thanks.
We went to Kirkwood last year....We spent the majority of the time getting lost..Long lines for the lifts, the one lift we did get on the lift that didn't have a line...It took us to "The Wall" there is NO easy way do that run! I didn't care much for Kirkwood, but that is mainly because I didn't know that mountain. We are going back to Tahoe the end of Feb. we are going back to Heavenly. I did hear that Sierra was supposed to be a good mountain, not as windy either.
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Old 01-03-2010, 02:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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yeah...i looked some more at Kirkwood and i found that people say it dosen't have good signage. It seems like a more advanced mountain, at least from the trail map.

heavenly is still a favorite for me because of the views, and it seemed to me that it got iced over as the day went on. I got there right when it opened and it was great, especially with an inch or 2 of new snow...but once the wind picked up I spent most of my time at the lower mountain. Its also freakin huge...in 2 days I managed to try 3 of the 4 base lodges and i never got bored.

next time i go up i might try sierra or homewood...and possibly Boreal again if I stay for night skiing/boarding.
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Old 01-03-2010, 04:55 PM   #4 (permalink)
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homewood is a great resort, especially if you are looking for more intermediate terrain. also, if the north shore is on your radar, check out sugarbowl.

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Old 01-03-2010, 07:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Sugar Bowl-crowded since its so close to I-80, but the most snow on the N. Side of the Mountain...good intermediate runs
Boreal-Smaller, mostly intermediate, but again, crowds early due to proximty to I-80
Northstar-Best intermediate-level family mountain in Tahoe...but most Expensive-majority of runs, intermediate and advanced are groomed. Mt. Rose is a cheaper and smaller, but is a good alternative on the North Shore.
Squaw Valley-Great Beginner to Intermediate section on the upper part of the mountain. More advanced riders will stick to the KT-22 and ridgeline to the East of the village or off the back to Granite Chief....the Sherwood Express as good intermediate groomed runs that are longer than the the mid and upper mountain area.
Alpine Meadows...good groomed intermediate terrain off the main express chairs and the Lakeview chair...advanced and experts will want to hike to the bowls...in my opinion, the best value (Costco has lift tickets for $55).
Homewood is a partner to Alpine Meadows, smaller, sees less traffic, which also makes it family friendly.

South Shore-I'd stay away from Heavenly...terrain is better suited to skiers than boarders. It press pumps up its stats more than actually be ridden...
Kirkwood...small beginner to intermeidate area, most of it feels like a patrolled out-of-bounds area...
Sierra at Tahoe....where boarders frustrated with Heavenly go...not big, but plenty of intermediate and snowboard friendly terrain.
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It press pumps up its stats more than actually be ridden...
what does that even mean?

are you saying that heavenly's press department lies about mountain statistics? if so, that is a pretty serious accusation. which statistics? care to back this up with any substantiation.

full disclosure - i work at heavenly. and i like it. do i think it's perfect? of course not. i totally respect the opinion of other people. if they want to believe that heavenly stinks, that's their right. to me

that said, i do see a lot of comments about how bad heavenly is which are based on misunderstandings and ignorance. a comment like "terrain is better suited to skiers" is based, in part at least, on a lack of knowledge.

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"terrain is better suited to skiers" is based, in part at least, on a lack of knowledge.

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Or skill

Kirkwood has some great beginner terrain. But yes 70% of it is pretty much lift accessed off piste. At least 70% of the GOOD stuff. Be prepared to traverse to get to the good stuff
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what does that even mean?

that said, i do see a lot of comments about how bad heavenly is which are based on misunderstandings and ignorance. a comment like "terrain is better suited to skiers" is based, in part at least, on a lack of knowledge.

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Remember, this is a snowboarding forum, and the OP was looking for intermediate and family environment.

My knowledge is based on having been to Heavenly many times over the years...dating from the early-90s to recently.

The top to bottom vertical can only be achieved by accessing numerous roads (i.e. Milky Way Trail, Round-A-Bout, California Trail...heck even the Cat Track trail doesn't hide what it really is.)...hopscotching overlapping lifts without riding one of these roads doesn't get you up or around the mountain...not exactly snowboard friendly..
The total acerage includes areas like Mott & Killebrew Canyons, the area under Galaxy chair, Milky Way Bowl, Ski Ways Glades (which is where about 15% of Heavenly's acreage is buried)...all of which need a substantial amount of snow to be suited for snowboards as opposed to skis...not to mention Gunbarrel and the Face.

Does Heavenly lie? No...it accurately reports that within its permit area, it has a certain number of acres under permit and lists the top and bottom elevation of the area under permit. But that doesn't tell you what lies within the area....

Kind of like expecting powder bowls at Northstar, a lot of groomed runs off the top at Squaw, or all of the terrain within Alpine/Kirkwood to be lift accessible.
Yep, I'm biased...if I'm going to have to work to get to the runs, I'd rather hike off the top of the lift than hike to get to the bottom of the lift, or even between lifts.
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^ it seems to me that you are singling out heavenly with criticism that applies to pretty much any other reasonably large and varied-terrain ski resort. just as i won't go in mott canyon until the conditions are appropriate, i can think of 5 places at kirkwood to which the same applies. does that mean kirkwood sucks too?
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My knowledge is based on having been to Heavenly many times over the years...dating from the early-90s to recently.
if heavenly sucks so much, why on earth would you keep going back. actions speak louder than words?
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Does Heavenly lie? No...it accurately reports that within its permit area, it has a certain number of acres under permit and lists the top and bottom elevation of the area under permit. But that doesn't tell you what lies within the area....
this is hilarious. i just visited the websites for 4 other major ski resorts in the tahoe area all of which report total acreage and vertical with nothing telling you "what lies within the area" beyond the trail map (which, of course, is openly available on the heavenly website like any other resort.

again, can you explain what "It press pumps up its stats more than actually be ridden..." means? it implies a serious accusation. if you won't back it up with some substantiation which goes beyond your personal dislike of the hill, the conclusion is pretty obvious.

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what does that even mean?

full disclosure - i work at heavenly. and i like it. do i think it's perfect? of course not. i totally respect the opinion of other people. if they want to believe that heavenly stinks, that's their right. to me

that said, i do see a lot of comments about how bad heavenly is which are based on misunderstandings and ignorance. a comment like "terrain is better suited to skiers" is based, in part at least, on a lack of knowledge.

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Hey I just got back from Heavenly/Tahoe today, and I absolutely loved Heavenly even though the snow conditions were a bit rough.
I just wanted to say thanks to you and the rest of the staff that make Heavenly a great place. Everybody there was super helpful and friendly.

The only thing I didn't like about heavenly was sometimes you had to take some pretty flat catwalks to get around the mountain. And some of the run merging areas and catwalks got pretty congested by people just kind of pow-wowing, and I know that isn't Heavenly's fault or anything but yeah.
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Squaw Valley - I didn't like it at all. Some of the staff and a lot of the skiers kind of had this snobby attitude.

I defiantly would recommend Heavenly over Squaw.

Sorry, those are the only two places I have gone to.
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