Overview of Heavenly Mountain Resort, California
Written by Greg and Heather Burke
Heavenly is the biggest resort in Lake Tahoe with over 4,800 acres - the most acreage in this region of 18 ski areas. Heavenly stretches into two states – California and Nevada, giving skiers and riders 3,500’ vertical from the 10,040’ summit - the biggest vertical drop in the western USA. Heavenly is a dichotomy, gorgeous with huge views of the Lake, and hidden gems of glade trails too.
Heavenly has tons of skiing and great lifts like the aerial tram, but the nightlife at South Shore beacons too with casinos, great restaurants, shopping, and clubs. Heavenly is owned by Vail Resorts (since 2002) and lifts and lodges have been upgraded. Heavenly is like “vertical Vegas” but it’s also perfect for a luxury Lake Tahoe ski trip with lots of lodging choices from chain hotels like Embassy Suites and Marriott, to Harvey’s and Montbleu Resort Casino and condo-style Aston Lakeland Village Resort.
Take the Tram to lunch at the Gunbarrel Grill for great fare and phenomenal views of Lake Tahoe from this spectacular mid-mountain lodge. Heavenly makes a great ski lodging base during your Lake Tahoe ski trip, you can enjoy the Heavenly après ski, nightlife, and plentiful South Lake ski lodging properties, and a day trip to nearby Kirkwood to the south, Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley and Northstar to the northwestern side of the Lake Tahoe. Heavenly is now managed by Vail Resorts and part of the Vail's Epic Pass, so you can combine a Lake Tahoe trip with other Vail Resorts, Heavenly, Kirkwood, and Northstar.
I decided to take a week off work and go snow exploring this past snow season. Decided to drive up the 395. Along the way visited mammoth, as well as Sierra at Tahoe. But nothing compared to the beautiful views that I experienced at Heavenly Mountain in south Tahoe. So much mountain to explore, wonderful powder, and amazing views at every turn. Can't wait to go back.
Great mountain. Super big with tons of lifts and runs for every skill level.could ski all day and never hit the same run if wanted to. Most amazing views of lake Tahoe.being on the mountain looking over the lake is worth the price alone.One of my favorite ski resorts.