Louis was nice enough to accept a trip to Tahoe and do all the driving a mere 8 hours after landing in SFO and getting home from our Paris trip. I didn't get to sleep a lot, but thankfully Louis was more awake than I was.
We were on the road by 04:50. Now, our plan was to go to Kirkwood and see what happens, but sadly Caltrans never opened SR88, so we couldn't get to Kirkwood directly and had to change plans and drive to South Lake Tahoe. At that point, I made the mistake of saying "Eh, well, we're here, let's just go to Heavenly, it's low winds today, it should just open without problems".|
Big mistake, I didn't actually know how much Heavenly sucked nowadays. For various reasons they got very little open (Sky never opened and Canyon opened past 11:00 and had 20-30mn lines on a thursday!). I ended up mostly running Canyon despite the lines, thinking about how much better it would be if Heavenly wasn't so lazy and actually opened sky.
4 lifties to get sky ready, and then not open it. Good job!
canyon was good for the first ride and then went downhill fast :(
some people were fed up and hiked up towards sky express
After the disappointment of day #1, not due to lack of snow, but mostly due to Heavenly suckage, we went back with Ovidiu (who nicely hosted us the previous night), and finally they did bother to open sky express. As expected the conditions were great:
Ovidiu then took us to fire break, an gate to exit the ski resort and ride down all the way to the bottom of the gondola. That was prety sweet:
After taking the gondola back up, we did a last run in the rock field off tamarack (but the entrance we took was not good), and then called it a day:
don't miss the bridge
Thanks a lot to Ovidiu for hosting us, guiding us around heavenly, and Louis for driving us.