Three years ago I wanted to go to any other park rather than Kirkwood. Reasons? More entertainment, larger area and more famous name. Thanks to my husband (my boyfriend back then) who keep pushing me to go to Kirkwood....now I would go to Kirkwood. The place speak to itself...the deepest snow, friendly and helpful staff, great snowboard instructors, trails with various difficulties. I remember in December 2005 when my friend who went to Heavenly complained about how slushy the snow was on that day....oh boy, I could remember how envy he was when I told him that we had a nice powdery snow in Kirkwood.
Who really cares to do bar hopping and gambling until 2 AM when after a long day of riding and pumping your leg muscles, all you want to do is just to soak your body in a nice hot jacuzzi, drinking beer and eating hot dinner in the cabin with friends :)