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Best place to ski

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Best place to ski

We will be in South Lake Tahoe Feb 3 -7. What can you recommend for beginner skiers? Heavenly, Kirkwood, or any others? I've been up the gondola at Heavenly, but didn't ski. How do Heavenly and Kirkwood compare?

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1. Re: Best place to ski

Heavenly has views of Lake Tahoe but is more crowded, particularly on the California side.

Kirkwood has more expert runs but no views and not as much snow making.

Personally I much prefer Heavenly. I usually ski on the Nevada side in the morning and then ski over to California right after lunch.

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2. Re: Best place to ski

Only 12 miles west of South Lake Tahoe, making it closer than Kirkwood is Sierra at Tahoe. Great place. Here's a link:


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3. Re: Best place to ski

Sierra at Tahoe is one of the best mountains in Tahoe a great mix of begginer terain and expert terrain with the top rated terrain parks in the USA. check out the Lake views from the Grand View bar and grill. If you like tree skiing and powder I would say it is the best in Tahoe. Heavenly has great views of Tahoe but extremely over priced.

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I have been going to Lake Tahoe every year for the past 12 years. I have not skied Heavenly for the past few years. I have always felt it was a tourist trap and the skiing, in my opinion, is not that good. I enjoy Kirkwood and Sierra for South Lake Tahoe. I really hope that all the tourists keep going to Heavenly....that keeps the other resorts somewhat uncrowded!!!!!

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This site has great information on the local picks for ski runs. They also have favorite local picks for beginner skiers, this should help. gotahoenorth.com/events-and-activities/winte…

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