It's all about the trees. And the good news is, in Heavenly, there's enough space between them to ski in and out with relative ease. This means when there's fresh powder, it's straight up into the woods to play. And when it's time to go home, it's up to you whether to relax and enjoy the extraordinarily beautiful view of Lake Tahoe or take a gamble elsewhere.
As well as offering the striking vista of the Nevada desert in one direction and the glistening Lake Tahoe in the other, Heavenly's mountain 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.
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.