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    Posted: Mar/05/2012 at 1:31pm
not many boarders like heavenly but i find it's quintessential lake tahoe. it's like if you blended up all the other resorts in lake tahoe, you'd end up with heavenly. it's got a little bit of everything.
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  Quote nautika96 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/05/2012 at 2:03pm
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Originally posted by ijustchillin

How far is Kirkwood from Heavenly? I'll be staying at Heavenly resorts in mid-Jan and I might want to try out Kirkwood if it is close enough and is a easy drive.


Kirkwood is about 1 hr from the South Lake. I wouldn't call it an easy drive, but with paying enough attention while driving, it should be ok. 

Is that assuming theres snow on the roads? from pioneer trail and the 50 junction, it took us about 30min to get to kirkwood. And the road is nice compared to the 330 that i have to take to get up to big bear.
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  Quote lightning80 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/05/2012 at 2:09pm
the drive time really depends on whether there's new snow or now. if it just snowed the night before, there's going to be a lot of snow/ice on the road and sometimes chain control on the way to Kirkwood from South Lake Tahoe. Then, sometimes there's avalanche control about 5 minutes to Kirkwood that might slow you down drastically. the best thing about kirkwood is the amount of open terrain powder on pow days. unfortunately, pow days = snow/ice on the road to get there...
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  Quote sourgummies Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/15/2012 at 1:27pm
IMO, from the bay area, it's easier to drive up to south lake than the north side. less trucks. fun windy mountain roads. road condition is arguably smoother. 
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  Quote CO_champagne Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/15/2012 at 1:58pm
Originally posted by sourgummies

IMO, from the bay area, it's easier to drive up to south lake than the north side. less trucks. fun windy mountain roads. road condition is arguably smoother. 

I totally agree.  I hear everyone say driving 50 sucks.  But actually it is so much better than 80.  Less trucks, less traffic, slower speeds = less accidents.  It's less distance so the slower speeds are equal in arrival time.  

But please, everyone stay on 80 so I can have a carefree drive up 50 all winter long! LOL
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  Quote CassinoNorth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/20/2012 at 6:06pm
I'm heading out to Tahoe January 12th-19th with the options of Kirkwood, Northstar and Heavenly for 4 days (any) and Squaw for one.

I'm thinking Kirkwood on Sunday, Squaw on whatever day they get the most snow and Heavenly just one day midweek just to say I went.

Thoughts?
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  Quote EMoney Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/20/2012 at 6:40pm
Originally posted by CassinoNorth

I'm heading out to Tahoe January 12th-19th with the options of Kirkwood, Northstar and Heavenly for 4 days (any) and Squaw for one.

I'm thinking Kirkwood on Sunday, Squaw on whatever day they get the most snow and Heavenly just one day midweek just to say I went.

Thoughts?
 
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  Quote CassinoNorth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/21/2012 at 6:03am
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Originally posted by CassinoNorth

I'm heading out to Tahoe January 12th-19th with the options of Kirkwood, Northstar and Heavenly for 4 days (any) and Squaw for one.

I'm thinking Kirkwood on Sunday, Squaw on whatever day they get the most snow and Heavenly just one day midweek just to say I went.

Thoughts?

 
thats allota driving


We're staying at Heavenly so that might be a factor as well. Is there no public transportation up to Kirkwood or N*?
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  Quote Muse25 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/16/2013 at 8:08am
Originally posted by CassinoNorth

Originally posted by EMoney


Originally posted by CassinoNorth

I'm heading out to Tahoe January 12th-19th with the options of Kirkwood, Northstar and Heavenly for 4 days (any) and Squaw for one.

I'm thinking Kirkwood on Sunday, Squaw on whatever day they get the most snow and Heavenly just one day midweek just to say I went.

Thoughts?

 
thats allota driving


We're staying at Heavenly so that might be a factor as well. Is there no public transportation up to Kirkwood or N*?


Not sure about public transportation but I think there are shuttles (for a small fee) you can take from your hotel to the resorts in the main resorts in Tahoe.
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  Quote Winner#1 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/16/2013 at 9:04am
If you're staying at Heavenly why not ride there the most instead of just once? Plus, you'll need to factor in the nightlife. Plan on being out until 2am most nights, and you won't want to drive anywhere in the morning.
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  Quote 2zz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/16/2013 at 9:08am
M not 100% sure but south lake hotels usually caters to the resorts that's around it. I know that Reno have shuttles to N* but I dunno any shuttle that goes to Kirkwood either from the lake or Reno. 
Try calling the resorts and hotels to see if such service exist for you. If there're shuttles, is going to be mostly on weekends and holidays.
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  Quote sourgummies Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/24/2013 at 7:42pm
Originally posted by 2zz

M not 100% sure but south lake hotels usually caters to the resorts that's around it. I know that Reno have shuttles to N* but I dunno any shuttle that goes to Kirkwood either from the lake or Reno. 
Try calling the resorts and hotels to see if such service exist for you. If there're shuttles, is going to be mostly on weekends and holidays.

http://98.129.89.114/tahoe/164/site/graphics/pdf/resort_shuttles/2012-13_freeskiershuttle.pdf
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  Quote sourgummies Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/24/2013 at 7:43pm
There used to be a free shuttle from Reno to Alpine just two years ago...now it costs $15 bucks.
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  Quote CassinoNorth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/27/2013 at 4:35pm
Originally posted by Winner#1

If you're staying at Heavenly why not ride there the most instead of just once? Plus, you'll need to factor in the nightlife. Plan on being out until 2am most nights, and you won't want to drive anywhere in the morning.


Went to Heavenly 3x, Kirkwood and Squaw.


Passed on Northstar.
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  Quote boardoholic Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/27/2013 at 8:33pm
Originally posted by CassinoNorth

Originally posted by Winner#1

If you're staying at Heavenly why not ride there the most instead of just once? Plus, you'll need to factor in the nightlife. Plan on being out until 2am most nights, and you won't want to drive anywhere in the morning.


Went to Heavenly 3x, Kirkwood and Squaw.


Passed on Northstar.
Nice.Thumbs Up Which spot didya like best & why?

I'm gonna guess ya dug Heavenly the most only cuz you spent the most time there.

Not that it matters muchErmm, but my rankings of the 3 are The Wood, Squawllywood, then Heavenly.
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  Quote steezycheezy734 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/07/2013 at 9:18am
KIRKWOOD OR SIERRA FTW!!!
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  Quote nifeblade Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/09/2013 at 10:16pm
Squaw valley (when it's not windy or icy) with good snow conditions is ABSOLUTELY the best and i've been to vail resorts in Colorado. Although I believe that Heavenly is listed to have 500 more acres, it certainly does not feel that way. Squaw Valley is the best big resort in my opinion and Alpine Meadows would be one of the best smaller ones (if only there weren't so many flat traverses ....)
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  Quote Bonitis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/11/2013 at 11:58am
how difficult/long is the drive from south to north shore?
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  Quote Cooperla Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/11/2013 at 12:05pm
Depends entirely on the weather.

If it's clear, 45 mins to an hour and a beautiful drive. If the weather is bad (or good depending on how you look at it) it will take much longer and may not be possible without a long diversion (if 89 is closed).
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  Quote Bonitis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/11/2013 at 12:57pm
great thanks. anyone been recently or live in the area? I been thinking of heading out there in mid-April, will there still be decent snow?
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  Quote robnezz23 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/11/2013 at 2:01pm
might be helpful to keep this link in your back pocket for more info on area roads.

Regarding snow, typically there is decent snow left in mid-April. The resorts will be open, you probably won't get waist deep or even ankle deep in powder but if you like park laps April is perfect for that. Spring riding in Tahoe is amazing slushy and soft. Get ready to ride some Tahoe corn. Oh, and bring your tank-top.
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  Quote Cooperla Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/13/2013 at 9:36pm
Spring riding in Tahoe is awesome.  You could get lucky and get some fresh snow.  Otherwise, like Robnezz said, it's riding corn snow in a t-shirt, beers on the deck, and getting sunburned.
 
And once in warms up in the bay area and the valley, everyone starts riding bikes and mowing their lawns, so it's quiet at the resorts.
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  Quote octalon7 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/15/2014 at 4:38am
Old thread, but curious, when does the "decent" part of the season usually end? Headed there in March.
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  Quote lightning80 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/15/2014 at 11:24am
Early March is fine, late March might get Spring conditions and some slush on some warmer years.
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  Quote octalon7 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/15/2014 at 3:38pm
Great, thanks. Headed there earlier in the month.  Hopefully that works out.
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Still like Heavenly, but picked up a pass for Sierra next year.  Had a great time there this weekend.
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