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Heavenly question from gaper

post #1 of 17
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Visiting Heavenly one day soon. Never been. Plan to park at Cali base. If nice day will ski as long as possible on upper mtn, then ride gondi back down to lake level. Is there a free shuttle from gondi base back to cali base parking? Will they let me hang out on upper mtn around gondi observ deck until/after 4pm to eat/drink and watch sunset and then ride gondi down? Is there a better place to do the sunset watching thing?
Thx.
post #2 of 17
Can't answer the shuttle issues, but I was out there 2 weeks ago, (first time), and the gondola from town shuts down at end of the day. It had stopped running well before sunset.

BTW, why Heavenly? Kirkwood is better IMHO.
post #3 of 17
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Actually, I'll be based at Kirk for my visit, but can't do a first trip to Tahoe region w/o seeing the Lake. You're right about timing of sunset, probably more like 6pm? I'll be driving back to Sactown afterwards. Wonder if there's a scenic place to eat dinner on the way out of SLT or down 50?
Enjoyed your Feb trip report.
post #4 of 17
I was just thinking...do you mean the tram or the gondola that comes into town near the Marriot? I don't know about the tram, as we didn't get over that far. As far as the gondola, it ends in a saddle, near a couple of lifts. There's no real restaurant or anything, just an outdoor hamburger joint. The tram may be a different storry and I can't comment. Maybe one of the people on the board from the area?

Have a great time!
C.B.
post #5 of 17
i think you should call them directly 1800heavenly. the shuttle goes in a loop - so you could go from gondola base to california base. you can definitely do this in the mornings - but i don't know what time it shuts down.
post #6 of 17

Avoiding crowds

On a similar note, how should a group of skiers wanting hard blues and easy blacks avoid the crowds? We're staying at Harrah's near the gondola. I know to avoid the California base and the crowds at the top of the tram/gunbarrel as well as the bottom of Powderbull express. Is it worth it to drive to Boulder or Stagecoach lodge to avoid the crush? We'll be there on March 14-16.

Also, any other advice on avoiding long traverses and crowds?

Thanks.
post #7 of 17
KCB

March 14-16 are week days. and i don't think there are any spring breaks that early in march. why are you worried about crowds. you should be fine. take the gondola. I doubt you will see any lines at any lifts.
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by Jamesj
Visiting Heavenly one day soon. Never been. Plan to park at Cali base. If nice day will ski as long as possible on upper mtn, then ride gondi back down to lake level. Is there a free shuttle from gondi base back to cali base parking? Will they let me hang out on upper mtn around gondi observ deck until/after 4pm to eat/drink and watch sunset and then ride gondi down? Is there a better place to do the sunset watching thing?
Thx.
Yes, there are free shuttles between the various parking lots. but why bother with that? just ski the california trail back to sky chair, and take ridge run to upper mombo, then groove chair to upper roundabout - you can watch the sunset from several points along roundabout trail where it intersects the gunbarrel.

No, they won't let you hang out.
post #9 of 17
[quote=Jamesj]Wonder if there's a scenic place to eat dinner on the way out of SLT or down 50?QUOTE]

beyond skiing, there is close to nothing between SLT and Sac; with the possible exception of The Divided Sky in Meyers (some live music days there); otherwise Villa Gigli (or something like that) in Markleeville (italian, reservations required), which is 20 miles out of the way, but good food.

Otherwise, it's almost worth it to drive back to Sac and try the new Zocalo's ("classy" mexican, midtown, ~18th and capitol) - which serves till 9:30/10:30 weekdays/weekends. You won't be disappointed.
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by stevescho
beyond skiing, there is close to nothing between SLT and Sac; with the possible exception of The Divided Sky in Meyers (some live music days there); otherwise Villa Gigli (or something like that) in Markleeville (italian, reservations required), which is 20 miles out of the way, but good food.

Otherwise, it's almost worth it to drive back to Sac and try the new Zocalo's ("classy" mexican, midtown, ~18th and capitol) - which serves till 9:30/10:30 weekdays/weekends. You won't be disappointed.
We ate at Zocalos tonight. Great place, I highly recommend the Arrachera. As far as eating along Hwy 50, St Paulis Inn is great. Features classic German food and beer in a rustic dining room, or on a deck along the American River. Or how about Strawberry Lodge? Los Hermanos in Pollock Pines for Mexican; Lil Mama DiCarlos in Placerville for Italian food. Very good French, Italian and Thai restaurants in El Dorado Hills; Bidwell Street Bistro in Folsom and about 25 others worth a visit. Way too many good places to list here.
Closer to Kirkwood you might try Sorensens Resort in Hope Valley on 88. World class chef, good wine in a small dining room. Get reservations or you won't get in. (800) 423-9949

No place to stop? You need to get out more or maybe just slow down and see whats along the road.
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by Jamesj
Visiting Heavenly one day soon. Never been. Plan to park at Cali base. If nice day will ski as long as possible on upper mtn, then ride gondi back down to lake level. Is there a free shuttle from gondi base back to cali base parking? Will they let me hang out on upper mtn around gondi observ deck until/after 4pm to eat/drink and watch sunset and then ride gondi down? Is there a better place to do the sunset watching thing?
Thx.
stevescho is right. dont even bother to download on the gondola. the advanced roundabout is definitely a cool place to watch the sunset. Also, there are some cool steep tree skiing you can do towards the bottom of roundabout. if conditions are good, it's pretty fun.
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider
We ate at Zocalos tonight. Great place, I highly recommend the Arrachera. As far as eating along Hwy 50, St Paulis Inn is great. Features classic German food and beer in a rustic dining room, or on a deck along the American River. Or how about Strawberry Lodge? Los Hermanos in Pollock Pines for Mexican; Lil Mama DiCarlos in Placerville for Italian food. Very good French, Italian and Thai restaurants in El Dorado Hills; Bidwell Street Bistro in Folsom and about 25 others worth a visit. Way too many good places to list here.
Closer to Kirkwood you might try Sorensens Resort in Hope Valley on 88. World class chef, good wine in a small dining room. Get reservations or you won't get in. (800) 423-9949

No place to stop? You need to get out more or maybe just slow down and see whats along the road.
I wuz restricting myself to eating places with views of something as the original post implied. Thinking outside that box, there are true classics like Tahoe Donut and my all time favorite: Burger Lounge
post #13 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks for comments. I'm taking notes.

BTW, reason I thought of riding gondi was, now here's a real gaper for you - just to ride the gondi. End of the day download might be my only chance.
post #14 of 17
Don't feel bad about the gaper stuff James. The only time I have ridden the Gondola was last summer in August. They honored my season pass, and let my wife and I take the scenic tour over the snowless mountain. Live music and lots of hiking off the top. Now thats gaper. Anyway, the views are worth it, but you can only stop at the midway scenic deck on the way up.

Stevescho, point well taken. The restaurants really don't feature panoramic views with exception of Llewellyn's on the 19th floor of Harvey's Casino and the Summit in Harrah's 16th floor. Both are fairly expensive, formal and have wide views. Note, most other casino restaurants have NO WINDOWS
post #15 of 17
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Rode Heavenly gondola down mtn at 4pm on 3/8/05, caught free orange route bus, which runs back from there to Cali base until 6pm. Didn't see sunset over lake, but had very memorable picnic with my two daughters at about 130pm on some rocks just a short hoof uphill from top of Comet chair. 55 degs, no wind, good company, killer views. I wouldn't trade that meal of peanut butter sandwich and bottle of water for chateaubriand and dom perignon at the Ritz.
Really broke open the wallet for generous $7 taco dinners later that evening at los hermanos in pollock pines, which by the way was a good pit stop as highway 50 opens up for the most part west of there.
Appreciate advice, esp from Cirquerider.

Whatever else is going on in your busy lives, you Tahoe locals should get down on your knees everyday and thank God that fate or strength of will placed you within that beautiful region.
post #16 of 17
That picnic on top of Comet express sure beats fighting the crowds at East Peak lodge. Hey, you found Los Hermanos. Now that is a locals stash. Great food and a kind of Cancun tropical motif thing happening. Glad you had a good time.
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