Lift deals,fairly short shuttle ride
need more foot/lodge options
Even though I was staying 100 feet from the Heavenly gondola I choose to ski Sierra when I got a 3-day lift deal for $49. I have NEVER seen tickets at Heavenly discounted more than a couple of bucks. The 30 minute or so free shuttle ride to Sierra wasn't too bad (unless some bad snow hits...then it can be a 90 minute or more ride due to traffic). Food and drink prices not that much different than Heavenly and you don't have the number of runs that Heavenly will offer, but you can still ski all day without duplicating a run and there is something for all levels. The blaring Reggae music at one of the on-slop watering holes/food stops almost drives you mad and there isn't a huge choice if you want to stop for some food with a brew without going back to the main lodge. Still...if you can find a lift ticket deal that along makes it better than Heavenly. Because it's a shuttle ride back to town can't say what the Nightlife is like...