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Heavenly - for the first time: where to go to minimize crowds this weekend

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Alpine Meadows skier x 30 years, including the past 2-3 at Squaw. Got free tickets to Heavenly this holiday weekend Feb 15-17 with hotel room at Harrah's. Figure I'll walk to the gondola but then where should I go for the best snow conditions and least crowds? Advanced skier, likes moguls, but somewhat challenging Groomers ok. All advice will be appreciated (or advice on where to look for this kind of info in the forums - I'm mostly finding stuff 8-10 years old.

Thanks! What I've read so far has me real fearful of the crowds.

Jon
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Haven't skied Heavenly in a few years, but the biggest line was at the gondola so make sure you get in line early. I thought the neveda side was less crowded. Hopefully some current locals can give you more updated information.

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Thanks! Anyone know what time the gondola starts running? What time to get in line to minimize the wait? I recall from seeing it this past summer that there are lockers at the bottom of the gondola so I'm planning to walk over in my sneakers and put my boots on there. Thanks.
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There will be zero crowds in Mott/Killebrew I bet. If you want killebrew or gates 1/2 on mott you'll have to add the dipper chair to your laps. You can get most of the good stuff in mott by just traversing. Also you won't find much for crowds in the Northbowl area. Gunbarrel chair should be ok if they reopen the top part of the face. Everything else will be a shitstorm.

 

 

Also if the gondi is packed then hop the bus over to Stagecoach and start your day there. There's more I could say but I'm not spilling it online...poke around, the best stuff at Heavenly is far from where the people are at, lots of people lap sky and dipper chair and assume that's what its all about for the advanced skier...there's much more

post #5 of 7
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Thanks for the info. Now if I only knew where to poke :-(. I'll swap you info next time you ski Alpine. Of course, crowds there are essentially never an issue (though this weekend could be somewhat challenging for parking). Jon
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Is the snow likely to be decent in Mott given our lack of snow recently? Is it the place to head first thing in the morning? I won't mind boilerplate as much as "crud" snow - hard clumps of frozen ...
post #7 of 7

Go in through gate 1 and stay on the ridge for the good snow. Drop left off the ridge in the dark areas, mostly chalky hardpack

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