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Heavenly - Tips on Easy Blues with Minimal Lift lines

My son and I will be skiing at Heavenly for 2 days, not much time to explore a large resort. I would appreciate any information you could provide on long, easy intermediate trails, or cruisers with the least amount of lift lines.

Any information on discounted lift tickets and rental shops with overnight storage is also welcome. As a reference, we will be staying at the Embassy Suites. Ski days are 3/13 & 14,

Thank you in advance for you help
post #2 of 11
Ski the Nevada side, and take Olympic downhill
post #3 of 11
Take this with a big ol' grain of salt. These are the impression of someone who was there once, for four days two years ago. But since it was two years ago next week, the timing is about right.

The four big lifts for intermediate cruising are Comet and Dipper on the Nevada side and Canyon and Sky on the California side. Unfortunately for you, they are also the busiest. They always seemed to have pretty long lines. Having said that, get out there as early as you can. If long, intermediate cruising is your game, you deserve at least one run down Ridge off either Sky or Canyon. Incredible views. Even the Saturday we skied, the first couple of hours each morning had tolerable lines for these four. When they became intolerable, we moved.

Beyond that, I'd have to agree with the Olympic chair suggestion. Nice cruiser back underneath the chair. My recollection was also that Stagecoach, Galaxy and Tamarack did not have huge liftlines.

Stagecoach, if you exit the ramp to the left, will put you on Stagecoach. It is a somewhat steeper intermediate run which was often ungroomed for a few days at a time while I was there. Below this steeper upper part is some fairly tame stuff. Exiting the lift ramp to the right will twist you back around to the Olympic Downhill run again but this time you can follow the trail all the way to the bottom of the mountain.

Galaxy serves two very very easy blue runs, I think they also have the lowest elevation on the mountain so be aware that they seemed sloppy at times to me. But if the snow is firm and you want a long angled groomer or two, they could be your ticket.

I don't remember Tamarack ever being too busy though it did have a crowd at some points. A detachable sixpack can make quick work of lines. On the other hand, the runs while of an average blue groomer quality, were somewhat short. There was also some sort of terrain park stuffed in one of the runs so that could adversely affect lift lines.

A final note would be to be careful trying to move around the mountain excessively. I think they want you to be a cross country skier to change locations. You might want to plan such that you don't have too many moves to different parts of the mountain. After a few days, I was able to figure out either some better ways or at least to know where to carry a lot of speed. But it is not intuitive.

As always, your mileage may vary and I hope some more folks with more experience with the mountain will chime in.
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Originally Posted by Nick_N
Heavenly - Tips on Easy Blues with Minimal Lift lines


Any information on discounted lift tickets and rental shops with overnight storage is also welcome. As a reference, we will be staying at the Embassy Suites. Ski days are 3/13 & 14,

Thank you in advance for you help
Can't help you with the runs, as I have not been there for ages even I am local. On Ebay, the adult lift tickets are being sold for about 55$ each, so I guess that is the going rate. If you were to stay longer (like 5 days)and you are going to be in Vail for another 3 days, the season ticket is worth to consider.
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post #5 of 11
Good advice from others. Heavenly is a rather disjointed and often very busy place. Since Emb Suites is next to gondola base suggest you hop gondola and test the easy blue/green terrain served by Tamarack chair at it's upper terminus. This area is a little busy, but very convenient gateway from your location. From there maybe try Comet trail to Dipper chair, then ski Big Dipper trail to a trail called Perimeter served by the old, slow Galaxy double chair. It is about a one mile long beginner run. Other runs by Galaxy chair are also easy. All have remote and quiet feel compared to rest of resort, but you have to go through busy intermediate sections to get there. Galaxy area will quickly bore you if you have any ambition. Heavenly has a lot of fairly easy intermediate terrain which you should enjoy if crowds aren't too crazy. Hit the slopes early and late and ski while the noon lunch rush is on. Some of the busiest mid-day gathering areas on the mtn are Snow Beach on Cali side and East Peak Lodge on Nev side. If the weather is clear you must get to the top of the Sky Express chair on Cali side and ski the easy traverse called Skyline Trail. It's flat and crowded, but provides memorable views of Lake Tahoe and the Nevada desert.
Qualifier; above info from someone with just one heavenly day there: http://www.dcski.com/articles/view_a...mode=headlines
Heavenly trail map: http://www.skiheavenly.com/the_mount..._trailmap.html
post #6 of 11
i'm w/ jamesj, that heavenly is a little bit cockeyed and youll have to do some traversing to get from the nevada to cali. blues.
i'd say to go canyon+sky express on the cali side and ski those blues. theyre easy, have great views and youre not going to avoid lines skiing blues IMHO, maybe you would with double blacks.
post #7 of 11
If memorable views are important to you, spend only $50 for two adults (costco) and take a side trip and visit Homewood. Kids ski FREE with adult accompany. You ski into the Lake, not overview it from afar. Not a single line at the intermediate slopes, BTW.

Guys...... I am sorry..... spoke those forbidden words H...... is unforgivable....
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There won't be any lift lines

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Originally Posted by Nick_N
Heavenly - Tips on Easy Blues with Minimal Lift lines

My son and I will be skiing at Heavenly for 2 days, not much time to explore a large resort. I would appreciate any information you could provide on long, easy intermediate trails, or cruisers with the least amount of lift lines.

Any information on discounted lift tickets and rental shops with overnight storage is also welcome. As a reference, we will be staying at the Embassy Suites. Ski days are 3/13 & 14,

Thank you in advance for you help
A. There won't be any lift lines cause that's a monday and tuesday, unless it's 2 feet of fresh powder, in which case 4 million people will call in sick from Sacramento and San Francisco, including me...

B. Heavenly's mountain has oodles of easy blues everywhere. The galaxy chair is like 15 minutes for a bunch of boring greenish-blue, if that's what you're into. If you don't mind the slow chairs and a little steeper, do north bowl but pay attention near the bottom so you don't overshoot the chairlift.

C. What the heck is with this "lift lines at heavenly" bit? At best, this is really overblown IMHO, and largely a bunch of baloney. As if there aren't equivalent (or longer) lines at squaw, kirkwood, northwood, sugar, sierra, or others. You want a line? here's one....the line to park your car at kirkwood. Or the one to get on the funatel at squaw. Or to get on the gondola at northwood. Or anywhere on a powder day.

Actually, since I have a pass at H, go ahead and everyone scare even more people away. Just more mountain for me. Seriously, outside of saturdays, its not bad at all.

D. what's this "deserving" one run down ridge? take 10 runs from there, do all the runs, the canyon lift (which has minimal lines) serves almost all the runs (in fact all the blues) that the sky lift (with its mid-day lines). two days is alot of skiing.

E. cheap tickets - - I'd ask the hotel for their prices; many hotels offer packages.
post #9 of 11
I'll defer to stevescho about Heavenly crowds. All I know is that I was there on a routine Tuesday about exactly one year before Nick N's planned dates and the mtn was surprisingly busy with big lunch crowds and 5-7 min mid-day lift lines in places like Snow Beach and East Peak Lodge. Not outrageous by any means and shouldn't scare away Nick N, but trail traffic on many of those scenic blue runs all over the mtn was high enough to warrant above average situational awareness most of the day. It wasn't a powder day either. Outside of the big Holidays is early to mid March pretty much peak tourist season at Heavenly? I'll add that all the express chairs at Heavenly are quite efficient at gobbling up what looks like a lot of people standing around loading areas.
post #10 of 11
There are no long easy blue runs with minimal lift lines at Heavenly...OK, the Galaxy chair (slowest chair in the galaxy), however it's only good for a couple of runs...jump on the singles line at each chair, then your wait shouldn't be too long.
post #11 of 11
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Hello, Thanks to all for the great information. I really appreciate your help!
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