Overlooking South Lake Tahoe on the border between California and Nevada, Heavenly ski resort certainly lives up to its name. Thrilling trails, tranquil views, and the lively buzz of a casino resort combine to make this destination one of America’s most unique spots for skiing.
As well as offering the striking vista of the Nevada desert in one direction and the glistening Lake Tahoe in the other, Heavenly ski resort 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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Resort Altitude: 1,900m
Resort Skiing: 3,068m
Total Ski Area: 378km
Green Runs: 35km
Blue Runs: 224km
Red Runs: 96km
Black Runs: 22km
Cross Country: 80km
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 like Hard Rock, which hosts live entertainment and has a 25,000 square foot casino floor.
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.