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Old 10-18-2012, 12:01 PM   #21 (permalink)
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as a boarder, not too big a fan of heavenly... the longer runs require you to travel across the entire mountain (too many congested catwalks filled with noobs)... plus, for some odd reason, this resort's gondolas close very often due to heavy winds.

all that aside, I'd say it's a good "warm-up" location for tahoe.

Between the Vail owned tahoe resorts, Northstar and Kirkwood are definitely my favorites. Here's my ratings of them:

accessibility
#1. northstar
#2. heavenly
#3. kirkwood

park
#1. northstar
#2. heavenly
#3. kirkwood

snowfall
#1. kirkwood
#2. northstar/heavenly

tree runs
#1. kirkwood
#2. northstar/heavenly

Wish I could say more about the rest of the tahoe resorts, but those are the only 3 i typically go to
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Old 10-19-2012, 11:04 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Heavenly is only good for the absolutely amazing views. You have the desert on one side of you, the lake on the other. It is incredible. There are some really long runs and steep tree runs, but it's not really good for snowboarders. However, you can't beat the convenience if you're staying in South Lake. The gondola is right there on the street, just walk from your hotel and hop on. Very, very touristy.

Kirkwood is absolutely the tits. Rarely crowded. I have a t-shirt from there that says "If the mountain crowded, find another run until he's gone." That's really true. Especially on the back side, The Wave (shaped like a giant wave, natch), I've taken top to bottom runs many times with NO ONE nearby. It starts on this massive ridge and ends up with several options through nice wooded trails. Beautiful. But man, if it's windy (which it always seems to be at Kirkwood) it can be crazy up top. Still, best variety of terrain, from insane chutes to big open bowls and deep woods. My favorite place at Tahoe.

I'd suggest looking into a Snow Bomb card. It costs about $60, but usually comes with one pre-paid ticket to somewhere at Tahoe, then pretty steep discounts to the other mountains, plus a couple of "free" tune-ups. If you're there for any length of time, it usually pays for itself.

The Tahoe City area has Homewood...tiny by comparison, but the nicest views of the lake you'll ever see, and it is super quiet. They own Alpine Meadows, and if you stay a couple days (or drive if the road is open) you can get cheap passes that are good for both mountains, and I think even Squaw, which is on the other side of Alpine. There is noplace "bad" at Lake Tahoe. Northstar is super-touristy, but the blacks are fun with good snow. Otherwise, it's like an expensive mall with a mountain attached. Diamond Peak is only worth going to if you have a $10 ticket, which you can actually find if you look around. Tiny. It's advertised as a kids mountain, but it's pretty. If you want to venture out, try Snow Bowl. It's up north, have to drive through the Donner Pass to get there, but it's got some really great terrain, too.
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Old 10-19-2012, 01:55 PM   #23 (permalink)
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I think you mean Sugar Bowl.
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Old 10-19-2012, 02:39 PM   #24 (permalink)
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I've always enjoyed Sierra at Tahoe. I don't believe they make their own snow though, so be sure to check how many trails are in operation.

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I think you mean Sugar Bowl.
He definitely meant Sugar Bowl....Snowbowl and Great Terrain will never be in a sentence together
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Yes, I meant Sugar Bowl.
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Heavenly is only good for the absolutely amazing views. You have the desert on one side of you, the lake on the other. It is incredible. There are some really long runs and steep tree runs, but it's not really good for snowboarders. However, you can't beat the convenience if you're staying in South Lake. The gondola is right there on the street, just walk from your hotel and hop on. Very, very touristy.
Would you say that two days at Heavenly is too much? If so I'll definitely check out Kirkwood one day.


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He definitely meant Sugar Bowl....Snowbowl and Great Terrain will never be in a sentence together
Lol @ snowbowl my first snowboarding experience was there.
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Would you say that two days at Heavenly is too much? If so I'll definitely check out Kirkwood one day.




Lol @ snowbowl my first snowboarding experience was there.
2 days at Heavenly is not too much, you still probably wont ride the whole mountain. Place is huge, just a little smaller than Vail if I remember right.
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:47 PM   #29 (permalink)
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I am no longer going to Tahoe, going to Mammoth now.
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