Ask Tessie: Where should I ski this winter — Heavenly, Kirkwood or Sierra-at-Tahoe? |

Ask Tessie: Where should I ski this winter — Heavenly, Kirkwood or Sierra-at-Tahoe?

Dear Tessie,

It’s my first winter on the South Shore, and I’m struggling to decide where I should ski this winter: Heavenly, Kirkwood or Sierra-at-Tahoe. What do you suggest?


6-month-5-day-3-hour Tahoe Local

OK first off, answer me this very important question that will tell me loads about your skiing preferences: Are you the type to join the Rebel Alliance or are you more game to hop aboard the Death Star?

If your answer is the former, then hop in your ’96 Subaru Outback and drive on down to Sierra-at-Tahoe. My guess is you’re the crunchy granola dude who frequents Alpina Coffee because Starbucks is too “corporate,” so Sierra’s laid-back vibe will be right up your alley. Now keep in mind you’ll be greeted with a 30-minute unorganized jumble of a lift line to get on Grandview Express, but you’ll be rewarded with the best tree skiing in Tahoe and the smug satisfaction of knowing that you stuck it to the man.

If you really like complaining about “the way things were” then go to Kirkwood. No doubt on your first ride up Chair 6 you’ll be bombarded with someone complaining about how “Vail really ruined this mountain” even though in the five seasons since all you’ve noticed are a couple of extra “slow” signs at the bottom of the hill. But really, you’re going out of your way to get to Kirkwood because you’re the most extreme skier you know. You’ve got your GoPro mounted to get footy for the boys, and you’re going to really send it sliding down your back edge all the way down The Wall. Remember, it doesn’t count if you don’t Instragram it.

Finally, if you like the added challenge of dodging Bay Area tourists stopped in unsafe spots to get that perfect selfie with the lake in the background, then Heavenly is your jam. Though some may say the skiing at Heavenly is the most “mellow” in the basin, the human slalom course is sure to turn you into the next Alberto Tomba. So beebop your way down the mountain to the electronica tunes of the Heavenly DJ Cat for a $19 Bloody Mary at the Tamarack Lodge — you’ve earned it.

Tahoe Tessie is a humorous take on the standard advice column. It is produced by the Tribune staff, and it is not meant to be taken literally. Have a question you want to ask Tessie? Send it to

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