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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Heading to Heavenly March 25th-29th and staying at the Lakeland Village. What's the temperature usually like this time of year up on the Mnt? Is there a strategy for skiing Heavenly.  Planning on going to Squaw one of the days, which day would be the best? Anything you must do while in Tahoe or bar you have to go to? Sorry for the stupid questions. Yes I did use the search button and read some threads.
post #2 of 17
I wish I had some answers for you...I don't.

I am headed to Tahoe Apr. 3 through the 9th. I have a thread posted with no replies, as well.

This place used to be teaming with info. These days, it's dead.

Have a good time.
post #3 of 17
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Originally Posted by Sugaree View Post

I wish I had some answers for you...I don't.

I am headed to Tahoe Apr. 3 through the 9th. I have a thread posted with no replies, as well.

This place used to be teaming with info. These days, it's dead.

Have a good time.

Try using the search function. Heavenly questions have been asked a ton the past 2 years.
post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 
Did use the search button and read what was out there. I'm sure every subject has been discussed before. Just seeing if there was some fresh info.
post #5 of 17
 Hey maybe try squaw valley or Kirkwood on one of those days
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by loco13 View Post

Did use the search button and read what was out there. I'm sure every subject has been discussed before. Just seeing if there was some fresh info.

I know, but "Is there a strategy for skiing Heavenly?" is one of the most commonly asked questions about Heavenly. It's been answered several times. But my comment was mainly directed towards Sugaree's complaining. Anyways, to answer that question, it's been answered very very well by Cirquerider's excellent review (the top one) found on the Heavenly page.
post #7 of 17
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I know, but "Is there a strategy for skiing Heavenly?" is one of the most commonly asked questions about Heavenly. It's been answered several times. But my comment was mainly directed towards Sugaree's complaining. Anyways, to answer that question, it's been answered very very well by Cirquerider's excellent review (the top one) found on the Heavenly page.
 

Not complaining. Just telling it the way it is. I posted a thread asking for day lodge info at Squaw....nothing.

The OP is right. This forum has been around for a long time. The search could be used for every question ever posted. Fact is, we want want up to the minute fresh info that is current. Things change. Often the search function shows posts from 2003 or 2002. Lifts have been added and lodges have been built.

Nothing blasts stoke quicker than getting a reply that says...use the search function. 
post #8 of 17
I've noticed the amount of response depends on the time of year.  There is a cycle to these things.

Preseason / early season there are not all that many responders, but the ones that are here are eager to talk about skiing and will gladly answer the many "what ski" or "what resort" questions at great length.

As the season ramps up, there are more posters but "repetition fatigue" starts to set in, and the "what ski" questions start to go unanswered.  Plus, people are actually skiing and trip reports / get together planning get more attention.

Late season, people start to drop out.  Some people's seasons are over, others are just tired of the internet.  And some of us are bummed that the season is almost over.

So I'll bet Sugaree's question would have gotten a lot more traction a month ago.  And, by the way, I think it was actually a question I have NOT seen asked before.  Yes, there are lots of info about any given ski area, but very little info on the practical aspects he was asking about.  (Unfortunatly, I've never been there, so I don't know anything.)
post #9 of 17
I was just at Heavenly a week ago but conditions are going to be quite different when you're there. Northern California is going through a warming cycle right now. It will be warm (50's) during the day and freezing at night, good for corn snow. If it stays that way don't bother going out early, best conditions will be 10 to 2.

The best way to ski Heavenly is to do it mid-week. The Bay Area ski buses all seem to head to Heavenly on Saturday so avoid that day if all possible. Squaw is no better on a Saturday (though if it's not a powder say it won't be quite as circus like). Do Kirkwood or Sierra-at-Tahoe on Saturday.

How you ski Heavenly depends on what you like. If it's windy, head to Nevada as you can always get from NV to CA and there's more that is open when things are on wind hold. Great intermediate trees between Dipper and Comet, also off of Galaxy. Great terrain off of North Bowl but the chair is SLOW and LONG. Great trees off of Sky. Bumps spread out all over the mountain. Milky Way bowl is also a favorite of mine, it seems to keep the snow well.

I like the Bar of America but that's in Truckee. I don't really have any recommendations for South Lake, sorry.

Have a great time!
post #10 of 17
I'm going to be at heavenly the same days, and I have also been looking for information and there really doesnt seem to be that much I posted on here a couple times. But I sure cant wait for thurs!
post #11 of 17
Heavenly is really nice this time of year.  The higher elevations will retain good snow well into spring, with warm temperatures near the base and near freezing all day at the top.  The ski area has excellent snow grooming, and this time of year, the groomers will ski fast with granular icy corn in the morning, giving way to softer conditions in the afternoon.  Ungroomed terrain really doesn't come into play until after 11:00 AM when it starts to soften.  If you like uncrowded blue groomers for ripping carved turns, Heavenly is heavenly in spring.  Don't count out the possibility of a storm that brings a nice snowfall this time of year, but our pattern has been dominated by high pressure in March that has sent the storms north.  I have experienced knee deep powder in April on Heavenly, but it is kind of rare.

Heavenly in California is oriented to the north and slightly west, while the Nevada side is predominately east.  For spring skiing, that means the sun hits the Nevada side first and softens it.  Ridge Run is fairly exposed to sun and also softens early, and is always groomed.  Follow the sun, starting in Nevada on Olympic, North Bowl or off the Dipper chairs in the morning.  Ski the Sky Express area in the afternoon, and if bumps are on the menu, try the Face and Gunbarrel AFTER it has warmed up.  Watch for inversion conditions where warm temperatures are higher on the mountain in the morning, leaving the lower elevations frozen hard.  Avoid the icy boiler plate on off-piste areas until they soften to a couple inches, and then it will ski very well, just as the groomed runs are starting to slush up.

There has been a lot that has changed in South Lake, and the review I wrote (linked above), could use some additional contribuitons from members.  If you visit, please update the reviews and add in things about lodging options, restaurants and by all means the skiing.  The resort wikis are not a substitute for the conversation here, but they can be a really valuable resource as a skier's perspective to a resort, rather than marketing hype.  Be sure to check out the reviews for resorts where you ski often and add to them if you can.   If your home area is not in the reviews, add it.
post #12 of 17
As for the off-slope stuff, the less time you spend hanging out in South Lake Tahoe, the better IMO. There's not much to the town itself unless you like pawn shops and casinos (a bit unfair of me to say, as the casinos are only on the Nevada side, but the atmosphere spills over). The nicest thing I can say about the town is that the Marriott is nice. The skiing is pretty good and the lake views from the mountain are stunning. You can also look out over high desert on the Nevada side when you're at the top.

You can easily drive to dinner or an evening's sightseeing in the desert ... Virginia City can be fun if you are interested in old west mining towns etc.
post #13 of 17
I have some friends that just returned from six days in Tahoe and said it was HOT on the slopes.  They skied with just a long-sleeve t-neck and she said that she was really tempted to take it off and ski in her sports bra.
post #14 of 17
I just got back from there.  It was warm, but check www.weather.com to see what it will be like during your trip.  It was typical spring skiing for Lake Tahoe, with frozen snow in the morning until close to noon when everything softens up.  It was very warm after lunch.  Still great snow coverage through the trees...nothing is melting too fast.

Bar?  I dunno, I'm married and live in a community property state.  Strategy for skiing?  That depends upon the weather.  Frozen morning spring conditions (after a warm previous day) means cruising the groomers until everything else softens up.  Mott Canyon is usually empty.  The Nevada side has free parking, although you will miss the gondola or tram.  Food is VERY expensive on the mountain.  Consider bringing lunch and saving your money for the bars.  The buffet at Harrah's is pretty good. 

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Originally Posted by loco13 View Post

Heading to Heavenly March 25th-29th and staying at the Lakeland Village. What's the temperature usually like this time of year up on the Mnt? Is there a strategy for skiing Heavenly.  Planning on going to Squaw one of the days, which day would be the best? Anything you must do while in Tahoe or bar you have to go to? Sorry for the stupid questions. Yes I did use the search button and read some threads.
post #15 of 17
weather.com predicts snowing this Thursday and Friday and next week.
post #16 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies. Bottom line is I will be skiing and that's all I really care about.
post #17 of 17

Hi,

 

We are thinking in head up to Tahoe next Feb, 17,  2011. For few 3 days of ski. We are intermediate skiers who love groomed  and long runs.

So, what are your weather forecast for next February at this region?

 

Also,  is Heavenly our best bet?

 

Thanks

Eduardo

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