Expert skiing, close to south lake, nightlife
Crowds on the holidays
The best way to ski heavenly is with an annual pass. With 25 days under my skis the daily cost is about $13 per day. I'm glad the price for visitors is expensive, it keeps the crowds down. Since I live in Sacramento I can get to Heavenly in an hour and a half.
There is a ton of different terrain. There are double black diamonds on Killebrew and Motts that will challenge the best skiers in the world. World class moguls on Gunbarrel. Plenty of wide intermediate runs over on the Nevada side, and off of Comet on the California side. There is a small terrain park for beginners and a large park for the more daring ( none of it compares to Breckenridge or Key though). The tree skiing on powder days is amazing. The cost is expensive for those without passes, but is like that cause the crowds are good on all but holidays. Even holidays at heavenly are better than the crowds in Colorado on holidays. There are a ton of 4/5/6 high speed lifts that get you to the top of the mountain. For boarders there are some flat spots, which can suck, but it's no problem for skiers. The food is expensive, so we bring a backpack and our lunch to save money. You will not find a better resort for nightlife; tons of casinos, nightclubs, restaraunts.