(The following is definitely not a paid advertisement…This is The Stash.)
Are you going to Heavenly? More to the point, is your visit on a weekend?
The best place to go to avoid the crowds, get some of the best powder on the mountain, and avoid crowded runs is on the Nevada Side.
In particular, there’s a great 800′ vertical burner chairlift called Olympic Express…and it almost never has a line!
- If you go left, there’s a high-speed intermediate run, Cloud 9, which has a great cat trail gap – just beware of the gapers on the cat trail who regularly fail to look uphill!
- If you go right, Olympic Downhill and The Pines are great runs with all sorts of natural features to jump off of.
When you want a great bite to eat or a drink, you can do a super 1900′ vertical burner down to Stagecoach Lodge. It’s the only lodge (to my knowledge) that puts grilled onions, mushrooms, and a medley of grilled onions & bell peppers for you to put on top of your hot food. As I’ve shared in my Best Bloody Mary in South Lake Tahoe article, this is the spot!
So, lose the crowds on the Nevada side, find some amazing terrain, and stop waiting in line!