Heavenly Ski Resort

Overlooking South Lake Tahoe on the border between California and Nevada, Heavenly certainly lives up to its name. Thrilling trails, tranquil views, and the lively buzz of a casino ski resort combine to make this destination one of the most unique spots for skiing in the USA.

As well as offering the striking vista of the Nevada desert in one direction and the glistening Lake Tahoe in the other, Heavenly provides good terrain for all standards. Beginners will love the greens around Sky Deck, experts should head to the super steep Canyons, and intermediates can play all over, dropping off the top ridge onto the blues, and carving all the way down the Nevada side of the mountain. When the snow falls in Heavenly, devotees head straight for the forest. Heavenly’s well-spaced tree line is beloved by advanced skiers, especially when there’s a fresh layer of powder on the ground.

Those who ski in Heavenly stay in South Lake Tahoe, at the bottom of Heavenly gondola. Strange as it sounds, this is a casino town and with it comes a deliciously varied choice of food; from tacos and grills to fresh fish and Indian curry. After sunset, when the lights of this tinsel town glow bright, top entertainers rule the casinos, live music drifts down the streets and the paddle steamers fill up with dancers as they chug across the lake. It’s not your average ski resort, but it’s certainly unique.

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Heavenly Transfer Time
Map Marker 1h 15m
San Francisco
Map Marker 3h 30m

Best For...

  • Powder heaven
  • Tree skiing
  • Vast terrain

Resort Statistics

  • Resort Altitude 1,900m
  • Skiing Altitude 3,068m
  • Total Ski Area 378km
  • Lifts 28
  • Green Runs 35km
  • Blue Runs 224km
  • Red Runs 96km
  • Black Runs 22km
  • Cross Country 80km

Ski Accommodation in Heavenly, USA

Our collection of Heavenly ski accommodation has been hand-picked by our ski experts. Whether you’re looking for a luxury escape, a boutique hotel or something suitable for the whole family, our experts would be delighted to help you find the perfect accommodation for your ski holiday.

Ski Accommodation
Ski Areas in Heavenly

Ski Areas in Heavenly

All abilities will find something that they love in Heavenly. Although it is a haven for powder-hounds and lovers of steep verticals, the ski resort has plenty for beginners too. Heavenly is lively and there is a lot of choice in terms of food, drink and activities. All the pistes are immaculately well groomed and easy to follow on maps, ensuring that you get the most out of your winter getaway.

Skiing in Heavenly

Skiing in Heavenly

Heavenly’s name aptly fits its snow conditions. The ski resort has a fantastic range of skiing terrain, from wide cruisers to 1,600ft chutes, everyone can find something to their taste and ability. The resort is mainly suited to beginners and intermediates, boasting over 200km of blue runs and plenty of greens, too. You’ll be able to tick California and Nevada off after a day on Heavenly’s slopes. On the Nevadan side of the mountain, you’ll find some seriously steep runs. The Californian side is a little tamer.

Snowboarding in Heavenly

Snowboarding in Heavenly

Freeriders will find the most challenging terrain on the Nevada side of Heavenly; the slopes are best after a fresh dump of snow. More advanced riders will find plenty of bowls covered with trees for a real white knuckle ride. Despite this, there is plenty for beginners to enjoy; just make sure to keep an eye on your piste map as many of the black runs stem off the greens.

Ski Schools in Heavenly

Ski Schools in Heavenly

Boasting world-class instructors, Heavenly’s ski school is perfect whether you’re brand new to the snow or a seasoned pro – there is always something new to learn. Lessons are available for skiers and snowboarders of all ages and abilities.

Crèches in Heavenly

Crèches in Heavenly

Heavenly Day Care is a licensed childcare centre providing care for children aged six weeks to 12 years, with an optional ski lesson component for children aged three to five.

Restaurants in Heavenly

Restaurants in Heavenly

Heavenly has a unique mix of restaurants on offer – straddling two states means there is plenty to choose from in both California and Nevada. There is also a good range on the mountain, offering hearty American meals, pub cuisine as well as more European influences.

Après Ski in Heavenly

Après Ski in Heavenly

Après in Heavenly is often buzzing, with many bars offering half-price drinks and happy hours. LAT38 is a firm favourite with many visitors, sitting atop California Lodge’s rooftop. Also on the Californian side is Tamarack, complete with live music. In Nevada, there are plenty of après options in Boulder and Stagecoach. Get a taste of Las Vegas in glitzy casinos such as Harrah’s or Bally’s, which both host live entertainment and have huge casino floors.

Non-Skiers in Heavenly


Heavenly is full of activities for non-skiers. A favourite is the Ridge Rider Mountain Coaster, a gravity-powered Alpine coaster that whizzes through the forest and natural rock formations, as well as tubing down a 500ft hill. Scenic gondola rides are on offer from Heavenly village. The Observation Deck is a prime place to stop and admire the lake and Sierra but stay on board to reach Tamarack Lodge at the top of the mountain.

Map of Heavenly

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