Heavenly Lake Tahoe Ski Resort  

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3860 Saddle Road
South Lake Tahoe, CA, CA 96150
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Overview by Peter Oliver

Heavenly is unique in that it sprawls across state boundaries. Part of the ski area is in California and part is in Nevada, and for my money, the Nevada part is the better part. The fall line is more sustained, meaning that runs tend to be longer.

For novice skiers, Heavenly can be deceptive. One look at super-steep Gunbarrel and the typical beginner is apt to pack it in and seek out another sport. However, much of the terrain hidden beyond Gunbarrel on the California side is easygoing. Even many of the intermediate runs are generously rated as such.

For intermediate skiing, head straight for the Nevada side, although "straight" is a relative term at Heavenly. At least three lift rides from the California base area are required to get to Nevada. Once there, however, the runs accessed from the high-speed Dipper and Comet lifts make for the best cruising on the mountain.

The steep chutes of Mott and Killebrew canyons, also on the Nevada side, are prime expert terrain. Unfortunately (at least in my experience), they are too often closed. Snow conditions must be just right; insufficient snow won't cut it, of course, whereas too much snow invites avalanche danger. Otherwise, experts can pound the moguls of Gunbarrel and neighboring East Face, where being a showoff helps—both trails are in full view of the California base area.

Heavenly is home to an amped-up ski village, the newest part of which is 15,000-square-foot Tamarack Lodge, which features a large food court, smokehouse grill, artisan pizzas, salad bar, and full-service bar.

Where: On the south shore of Lake Tahoe, Heavenly Resort is 50 percent in Nevada

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Price
$$$?
Average Snowfall
360 Inches
Skiable Acreage
4800
Vertical Drop
3500 feet
Terrain:
20% beginner, 45% intermediate, 35% advanced
Number of Runs
97
Number of Lifts
30
Season
Mid-November to April
Related Resources
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Weather for Heavenly Lake Tahoe

Current Conditions:
Fair, 41 F
Forecast:
Fri - Sunny. High: 74 Low: 40
Sat - Mostly Sunny/Wind. High: 59 Low: 32
Sun - Sunny. High: 60 Low: 29
Mon - Mostly Sunny. High: 63 Low: 33
Tue - Sunny. High: 70 Low: 38


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Last Updated: April 21 2014 03:01 PM

Traveler Reviews of Heavenly Lake Tahoe


Dannelle rates Heavenly Lake Tahoe
We visit Lake Tahoe every year, we stay at Harveys Casino for discounted rates since we gamble a bit, then hit the slopes by day. Great place for breakfast is the Red Hut Cafe both affordable and delicious. Pros: Easy to access, Well maintained. Cons: Expensive.
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Jeff rates Heavenly Lake Tahoe
I have been to Heavenly four times now and each was a great experience. The first time included a full day of ski lessons and for my first time on skis was easy to understand and enabled me to, subsequently, enjoy a ski vacation to Austria. (although looking at Gunbarrel run while going up the lift was a little intimidating). Great intermediate runs on both the CA and NV sides. Incredible views of Tahoe. And you can get in a little gambling and nightlife in at night. Pros: Easy to access, Well maintained. Cons: Long lines.
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