Heavenly gains a reputation for its plummeting views of Lake Tahoe and its trees. Add a little snow-like the 17 inches that fell overnight when OnTheSnow.com visited-followed by a bluebird sky day, and Heavenly's trees make for perfect powder floating.
Those looking to test-drive floating through the trees can dive into Dipper or Aries Woods on the Nevada side of the resort. Locate another tree cruiser to skier's left of Maggie's Canyon on the California side.
Skiers and riders looking to up the ante into something more challenging can drop through the access gates into Mott or Killebrew Canyons. The steep chutes are best when they first open after a storm cycle, but can harbor deep snow on the edges later.
You can get a preview of some of Heavenly's glades via their Tahoe Stash Web site. Skiers and riders have logged some of their impressions of the routes, and the interactive map lets you get a preview of the terrain, location, and difficulty.
Advanced skiers and snowboarders can join an Adventure Session. The six-hour sessions with a pro guide and a small group tour the trees for the best terrain for the conditions of the day. You don't have to worry about getting lost in the trees, and the guides offer suggestions on improving technique. Adventure Sessions, which cost $119 per person, include lunch, preferential lift line access, technical tips, and guiding.