Heavenly Mountain Resort

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.

Overall Rating

4.5 / 5 based on 84 reviews
Craig from California

Just about unsurpased beauty, the lake below, actually being above the clouds on some snow days, absolutly the best there is.

Posted on Oct 26, 2009
Michele from California

Heavenly also receives as much snow on a consistent basis as Mammoth. We enjoy the mountain and the town of Lake Tahoe.

Posted on Jan 01, 2012

Elevation

Base
6564 feet
Base
Summit
10066 feet
Summit
Vertical Drop
3502 feet
Vertical Drop

Lifts

Gondola & Trams
2
Gondola & Trams
High Speed Sixes
2
High Speed Sixes
High Speed Quads
7
High Speed Quads
Quad Chair
1
Quad Chair
Triple Chairs
5
Triple Chairs
Double Chairs
3
Double Chairs
Surface Lifts
8
Surface Lifts

Terrain

Beginner Runs
20 %
Beginner Runs
Intermediate Runs
45 %
Intermediate Runs
Advanced Runs
30 %
Advanced Runs
Expert Runs
5 %
Expert Runs
Total Runs
97
Total Runs
Terrain Parks
3
Terrain Parks
Longest Run
5 miles
Longest Run
Skiable Terrain
4800 acres
Skiable Terrain
Snowmaking Area
3360 acres
Snowmaking Area