Heavenly Ski Trip
Feb 3 – 10, 2018
We had all been patiently awaiting this trip to Heavenly. Meeting bright and early at 4 a.m. at Hancock Airport in anticipation of skiing in California between three mountains – Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood. This was a great group of participants who were looking for fun, excitement and adventure!
Air travel was great on the way out, we had lunch on the bus and a 2 ½ hr bus ride to our destination – South Lake Tahoe. Our hotel was a couple of blocks to the gondola that took us up to the base of the mountain. All around our hotel were casinos, restaurants, shops and Lake Tahoe was a few short blocks away. How many ski trips can you also walk on the beach too? We saw motorcycles, convertibles and some in our group even took a bike ride mid-week. We were expecting to see a bit more snow on the ground. We heard stories about the overabundance of snow that they received just a year ago.
Heavenly is the mountain where you can ski between two states - Nevada and California. The trails were great and some on the trip enjoyed skiing the trees and chutes. We were given an Epic Mix Pass to use at each of these three mountains. You register your EpicMix pass which records your vertical feet, lift rides and days on the mountain for the day when you pass thru at each of the lifts and it was emailed to you at the end of each day.
Tuesday was our trip to Northstar – what a fantastic mountain that was to be at. My thought is ski as many mountains that are offered on a trip, you might miss a great experience otherwise! Where else could you have a champagne Tōst at 2pm on the mountain --- this mountain! First time for everything.
The group met on Tuesday evening at the Lucky Beaver for dinner. They did a nice job of accommodating our group and I think everyone had a good time catching up on stories so far on the trip.
Wednesday seemed to be a day off for most folks that chose to either take that walk to the beach, hike up the mountain to see a waterfall or a bike ride around South Lake Tahoe. Either way, the views were just breathtaking.
Thursday was off to Kirkwood Mountain with a full bus. We were given a map to help navigate some of the lifts and trails since most heard this was a difficult mountain. The map gave you an opportunity to see how the trails were laid out and gave you an opportunity to see what you liked best. Moral of that story – don’t be intimidated by a mountain they usually have something for everyone.
Thursday night was our group dinner at the Hard Rock Café inside Harvey’s Casino. I’m so glad that Steve and I decided to scout that out prior to that evening as it was deep inside the casino. We decided to have everyone gather for a group photo at the hotel first and then all proceed across the street and make our way together. Dinner was a huge success; the servers did a great job from start to finish – kudos to them!
Friday was our last day of skiing and our cleanup/out party at Steve’s room – and just outside from it. Pizza, and salad were served. This was also the time to recognize some special skiers in our group – Steve awarded trophies for most vertical, biggest yard sale, party animal and fastest skier (73.56 mph wow). And we also celebrated a few birthdays too!
Saturday was our return day, everything was going smoothly until after we all checked in at the airport. From the time we got checked in and up to the gates, our departure time had changed by 2 hours and then a few more. Delta Airlines came through. When the delay reached four hours they brought in pizza, snacks and soft drinks. When they could no longer hold our connection in Atlanta they arranged a special flight for us from Atlanta to Syracuse. We all made it home safely and that was the most important part – Everyone in the group was great taking things in stride the best we could.
Another great week traveling and skiing with friends! Kathy See