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Heavenly

Renowned for its views but chided for tough navigation across its 4,300 acres, Heavenly offers a wealth of terrain. “California Side” features intermediate trees and the legendarily steep moguls of The Face. “Nevada Side” is home to Mott and Killebrew canyons—double-black sidecountry terrain. Heavenly’s two-state format is an asset and a hindrance: “Getting to some runs requires a substantial amount of traversing,” complains one reader. Be advised that Heavenly rewards explorers who get off-piste. First-timers, take a guided tour to find stashes such as Nevada Woods and The Burn. Off mountain, casinos provide action 24/7. Indeed, Heavenly ranks no. 2 in Off-Hill Activities and no. 5 in Après. Part Vegas, part Vail, with a twist of scenic splendor, Heavenly’s a gamble for some but a sure bet for others. —Paul Tolme

Off-Mountain Restaurant » On the 19th floor of Harvey’s Casino, 19 Kitchen Bar’s panoramic lake views and blue Tahoe-tinis are just right.

Bragging Rights » Killebrew Canyon is the last terrain to open after a storm. Enter through Gate C to familiarize yourself, and get ready to make precise turns (no falling here).

What’s New» Three intermediate trails near the Galaxy lift expand the options in one of the resort’s quieter sections, a perfect place for families.

[ Fri, 2009-11-20 11:04 ]
Opening Day at Winter Park 2009
Vail, Heavenly, Winter Park and Eldora all open this week

Thanksgiving Week is traditionally opening week for many ski resorts.

Ultimate Guide to Tahoe: Essay

Ultimate Guide to Tahoe: Essay
Squaw Valley: Essay
With some 24,000 acres of lift-serviced terrain, 160 lifts and 15 ski areas overall, the Tahoe Basin is the stuff that skiers' dreams are made of.

This article appeared in the December 2009 issue of SKI.

[ Wed, 2009-10-14 12:42 ]
Improve your skiing and your insider knowledge with a guided mountain tour
Think you're too cool for school? Vail Resorts protects your rep with a new instruction program that feels less like class, more like recess.

Let us be abundantly clear: No one is too good or too old for ski school. A lesson with a professional ski instructor will make you a better skier. But we get it: When you only get a few precious weeks or days on snow, you're loath to spend them in a restrictive class setting, following a guy in a uniform down trails of his choosing, not yours.

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