EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › Mountain/Resort Related Forums › Resorts, Conditions & Travel › Heavenly - 3 days next week - expert mountain "tour" and rentals
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Heavenly - 3 days next week - expert mountain "tour" and rentals

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Hey all,

I'm lucky enough to be heading down to Heavenly for 3 (and a half!) days next week, 3/17-3/21, and am debating whether or not to bring a pair of skis.. I'd be bringing my old, somewhat beat up Rossi B3's.  Between $60 in baggage fees and the hassle - I'm wondering if renting makes more sense. Tahoe powderhouse claims to have Gotama's but I can't find them through the online system so I've got to call... Any other skis/rental shops to look at?  I'd love to have the ability to swap out skis if it dumps and they've got some nice rockered pow skis around or stick to some carvers if it gets rainy/icy.

Also (and more importantly) - I've been digging through threads here but can't seem to find a good mountain review or guide that points out where I should look to spend my days on the mountain.  The mountain seems to be a little tricky to navigate, with some traverses/"dead spots" so I'd like to maximize my time there and find the fun stuff.  Trees, steep, deep, bumps, you name it, I'll probably try it as long is doesn't involve hucking a cliff.

thanks!
post #2 of 10
change your flights. Temps will be in 50s-60s in tahoe next week.
post #3 of 10
Spend a day in Motts and Killebrews. It's a days worth of runs in both, and some of the toughest skiing in Tahoe with tight trees and steep chutes.

The runs down to the California lodge (The Face, East Bowl, and Gunbarrel) are some of the toughest mogul skiing in the world. 1800 vertical of non stop steep bumps. Definitely worth a run. You should be tired after this run...

Skiway Glades are really good. It's a huge area of about 1000+ vertical of trees.
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
 Thanks SkiKing4 - I'll check out those areas & try to report back.

Marty - No offense, but I can't control the weather, and don't think most people posting one week before their trip have the ability to change their plans.  If someone does have that ability, they've probably already checked the weather reports (for what thats worth).  

Also, it's March, and whats the guarantee it'll be cold/snowy anytime later in the year? If you can let me know, a month or two in advance, where I'm guaranteed cold (but not too cold!) temps and nice light powder, I'll be glad to change my plans.  Otherwise, it's kind of tough.
post #5 of 10
Even with warmer temperatures, you should find plenty of winter snow. The forecasts referred to above are for lake level.  The base is 1000 feet higher and Heavenly has over 3500 feet of vertical.  Dress warm.   There is a review for Heavenly in the Gear Resorts and More section tab at the top of this page.  I posted a pretty extensive review there last fall.  You will also see links to related threads in the right side column.  This new site does more of the work for you than you think.

I think it would be fun for you to try out some demo skis, and there are lots of places that offer performance demos in South Lake Tahoe.  If you were coming in through Truckee, I'd send you to Start Haus, but that is out of your way.  Read my review linked above, and then ask questions.  Welcome back.  For a 2004 alumni of EpicSki you don't post much. 
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
 Cirque,

Thanks for the detailed follow up... yes you've noticed I've been away awhile - between having kids, living near NYC for awhile, and working way too much I didn't do much skiing.

Now that I'm in AK we're getting on slope a lot more.

The new site is quite a change.  Much better in many respects - although most people probably get confused why we call each other "bears".  Shortly after posting I found that there is now that "gear" and "resort" section that sticks relevant stuff right in there.  Pretty cool.  

I'm not too worried about weather - we have the same problem here in Alaska where most mountains put you back at sea level, with summits obviously much higher.  Can't control the weather either way, so I'll more than make do.  Appreciate it.
post #7 of 10
 flyman, I've been meaning to ask about Alyeska, how that compares with the Rockies in terms of terrain, snow, vibe.

Demos seem like a good call in your situation, but I don't remember the name of the shop I used in South Lake Tahoe, and I was neutral on them anyway.

I'm not a fan of the town, but the skiing is good and the lake views are breathtaking.
post #8 of 10

If you can manage it; try to get to Kirkwood for a day. Last I checked they have more snow that any resort in the west. It's been a while since I have skiid Tahoe. I do remember that Kirkwood was way more fun than Heavenly...just my $.02.

post #9 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by flyman683 View Post

Hey all,

I'm lucky enough to be heading down to Heavenly for 3 (and a half!) days next week, 3/17-3/21, and am debating whether or not to bring a pair of skis.. I'd be bringing my old, somewhat beat up Rossi B3's.  Between $60 in baggage fees and the hassle - I'm wondering if renting makes more sense. Tahoe powderhouse claims to have Gotama's but I can't find them through the online system so I've got to call... Any other skis/rental shops to look at?  I'd love to have the ability to swap out skis if it dumps and they've got some nice rockered pow skis around or stick to some carvers if it gets rainy/icy.

 

I just rented from Sierra Ski and Cycle Works.  Nice little shop...seems to specialize in tele gear but they also rent fixed heel setups.  With a coupon I found online, I paid $38 for two days on High Society FR 187s (no rocker, but 104cm under foot) with poles (brought my boots).  Other shops also had online coupons, but this seemed like the best deal.

Quote:
Originally Posted by flyman683 View Post

Also (and more importantly) - I've been digging through threads here but can't seem to find a good mountain review or guide that points out where I should look to spend my days on the mountain.  The mountain seems to be a little tricky to navigate, with some traverses/"dead spots" so I'd like to maximize my time there and find the fun stuff.  Trees, steep, deep, bumps, you name it, I'll probably try it as long is doesn't involve hucking a cliff.

thanks!
 

If things get crowded on the main lifts (Dipper in NV, Sky in CA), venture to some of the lesser-skied areas.  Mott and Killbrew offer great terrain, but there's also some great tree skiing lower down on the Nevada side (North Bowl especially).  In California, Gunbarrel will have some gnarly bumps with some cool lines in the trees, and Sky accesses some cool terrain if you're willing to wait in the line.

Enjoy!
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
 Keith - yeah I've been meaning to review Alyeska for awhile now, just haven't had the time... PM me if you ever start a thread and I'll try to pitch in (or I can try and find the time/motivation to post it myself).

Thanks all for the info, we had a great time while we were there.  Got a HUGE kick out of hearing locals complain it was cold on a sunny (albeit slightly windy) 35 degree day.  If that is cold, what do they do in January?

Snow was extremely firm in the mornings with the freeze/thaw going on, but nice sunshine did wonders on the mountain, especially the Nevada stuff.  I was amazed that I could keep riding Motts over and over the first day, and except for one time where an instructor brought down his 5 person class, never see more than 2 other people in there with me.

Due to family skiing with some beginners/intermediates and some baby-sitting duties, one of our 3 days was somewhat shot as far as "real skiing" went, but the intermediates in our group did have a good time on Orion/Galaxy and other trails in those areas.  Unfortunately, Killebrew was closed on day 1, day 2 was "family day", and day 3 we just got over there to Gate B @ 2:58 PM (2 minutes before they close the gates).  

So my wife and I only made it in there once, but it was a beautiful view w/ nobody except one sweeping ski patroller coming by.  Snow was PERFECT spring stuff on the sunny slopes and I even managed to find some fluffy leftovers on some of the real steep parts facing due north.  Very cool skiing facing into the desert valley and looking at exposed rock and canyon well below us.

Dipper was never too crowded, but the California side almost always had a decent line on most lifts, with Sky being the worst offender. Plus with the way the sun seemed to hit that section it never quite got as nice as the Nevada terrain we found...  Gunbarrel was exciting for the one run though.  Was kinda dissapointed with the stuff under Sky and off of Pinnacles/Skyline Trail so we only went through there twice.  Not enough sustained pitch in the trees and the snow was mostly on the stiff side.

In general, the resort was fun, had a good mix of terrain for everyone we had there, and the staff was very friendly/helpful.  I'd like to be there when it was snowing to do some of the O.O.B. stuff like firebreak/under the gondola & get out to Kirkwood so I'll have to look forward to that at some point....

BTW - went with Heavenly Sports / rentskis.com for demos.  Not the cheapest, but I really wanted to try Apache Explorer's since they seemed like a real fun toy in the soft snow/bumps.  Really liked them.  Skiied 'em short, too which wasn't great for big turns or the firm snow in the morning, but made them pretty awesome in the woods given the snow they had.

Also tried a Salomon X-Wing TI Tornado, which reminded me of a really boring car.  Yeah it turned and went downhill, and was somewhat stiff enough to go faster than the Explorer, but it wasn't great at much and didn't perform anywhere near my Atomic SX:12's for gripping and ripping.  Part of it was probably the tune, but the ski didn't have much edge hold.  I couldn't figure out who that ski is made for or what I should do with it.  Maybe it wasn't the right snow, but it just seemed like it was made for a lazy advanced skier who was going to ride groomers all day, but didn't want to do much work in the process or have to much fun.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Resorts, Conditions & Travel
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › Mountain/Resort Related Forums › Resorts, Conditions & Travel › Heavenly - 3 days next week - expert mountain "tour" and rentals