NYE was just ok. The problem was us flying in and trying to get ready and make it out to party on the same day. A total goof on our part because we weren't prepared for what to do and how to do it. That means we just followed the masses around and went into a casino party. If we had planned correctly and bought tickets and a table for the night it could have been much funner. But we made the best of it. Somehow managed to get into the party without paying the $60 cover charge per person.
First Day on the slopes at Heavenly! It couldn't have been more perfect because Heavenly had been dumped on the entire week before our arrival. Tons of powder and as you can see from the pictures, the top of the mountain had AMAZING views! We took the Gondola up the middle of the mountain and skied towards the CA side of the mountain. It is a long way down narrow runs to get to the base of CA lodge. I suggest taking the Gondola down if you can. But this soldified that Heavenly is the most beautiful place I have ever seen.
Just such stunning views from the top of this mountain!
We hit the NV side of the mountain today. BIG LESSON Learned for snowboarders. Take the bus to the NV side and ride up from there. The flat spots in Heavenly SUCK for snowboarders. But once you get there the riding on the NV side was easily our favorite. Plus all the fresh powder and no lift lines were great! We were pleased with the choices for food and everything was good, not great. And as with any mountain, mostly overpriced. But the snowboarding was awesome! I have ridin in Colorado, and the East Coast there is nothing like boarding through the trees at Heavenly! #1 reason I would go back is for the tree skiing!
We to Harrah's Casino and killed them at Blackjack. A $100 pitch deck was paying nicely and just about covered our trip to Tahoe. That is always a HUGE plus. But wow did their Comps suck! I would not recommend playing at Harrah's or Harvey's. They have no idea how to treat a player who is playing a $100 a hand blackjack game. They didn't even comp a buffett. Told me my 4-5 hrs of playing netted me $8 in comps...Blow me! I won't be spending money at the Harrahs.