Heavenly’s expert terrain options comprise 35-percent of the resort’s 4,800 acres. So, expert skiers and thrill seekers will find plenty of technical trees, double-black diamond steeps and two gate-accessed zones chalk full of steep chutes for those looking for steep and deep backcountry-like skiing.
If you’re staying on the California side of Heavenly, or are looking for a morning leg warm-up, start your day on the slopes off the Gunbarrel Express chairlift. From the top of the lift drop into the gravity defying steeps of double-black The Face into East Bowl or Gunbarrel. You can take another lap in the area and check out the glades in East Bowl Woods or Hogsback. When you’re ready make your way to Sky Express chairlift via Powderbowl Express chairlift. From the top of Sky Express you can drop into an extremely long (and fun) gladed area. Start in Ski Ways Glades, but stay high so you connect back up with Pinnacles trail. Take Dipper Express chairlift back up and then head skier’s left off of the chairlift and cut into Dipper Woods. This gladed, yeehaw-inspiring area drops skiers off in front of Mott Canyon, one of Heavenly’s gate-accessed areas. Killebrew Canyon, and the open steeps of Milky Way Bowl, which sits above Mott Canyon, are accessed by foot only. So if you’re looking to get some fitness on your Heavenly ski vacation, there’s plenty of hike-to terrain. TK Mott Canyon provides expert skiers with 13 trails to choose from, while Killebrew Canyon offers eight. The majority of these trails are chutes, so skier’s heading out of Heavenly’s access gates must know how to ski steep, narrow areas.
If steep cruisers are more your styles then don’t miss Ellie’s or Express Line from the top of Sky Express chairlift.