Heavenly Mountain Resort

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Pros
  • 5th largest ski area in North America and longest vertical drop in California (3,500 ft)!
  • Jawdropping views of Lake Tahoe and the desert
  • Groomed snow quality is unmatched anywhere in Tahoe
  • Variety of terrain and steeps
  • Great party and nightlife scene
Cons
  • Doesn't get as much snow as nearby resorts like Kirkwood and Squaw Valley
  • Can get overcrowded
  • Long lift lines to access the best terrain
  • High winds often close the upper mountain

Heavenly Mountain Resort Ski Packages

Lodging + Lift Tickets Discount Price
Forest Suites Resort at Heavenly Village
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
55% off $421
Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort by Diamond Resorts
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
49% off $634
Tahoe Seasons Resort by Diamond Resorts
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
45% off $848

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Overall

4.1

One of the best ski resorts in Lake Tahoe, Heavenly is not only known for it's skiing but also it's partying. Split across the California and Nevada state line, the resort is 5th largest in North America and has the longest vertical drop in California. The tree-skiing is phenomenal as is the nightlife, entertainment as well as the gambling at the casinos sitting at the base.

16/17 Historical Snowfall

Best month to go

January to March

Janurary to March are the best months to visit as Heavenly gets extremely busy with tons of holiday goers coming in December and around the Easter Weekend.

FLY TO

Reno-Tahoe International Airport

DRIVE/TAXI TO

Heavenly Mountain Resort (1 hour 10 minutes)

Stateline (1-2 mi)

  • Has Casino's near Gondola or private homes a short drive away
  • Has the cheapest accommodation
  • Close to various restaurants, shops and activities

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South Lake Tahoe (1-3 mi)

  • Wide range of affordable and luxury lodging
  • Close to Heavenly Village
  • Close to various restaurants, stores and activities

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California Base area (Walk)

  • A range of condos and private homes
  • Expensive lodging but better for large groups
  • Far from dining, shopping and activities

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Stagecoach Base Area (Walk)

  • Has a lot of condos and timeshares that are almost ski-in/ski-out
  • Far from restaurants, shopping and activities
  • Range of accommodation including Airbnb's

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For beginners

There is limited beginner terrain at Heavenly with only a few mellow trails and practicing areas around. Our pick for new skiers and snowboarders is around Boulder Lodge where you can easily hop on the Boulder lift and wind down Boulder Bowl. It's a nice wide green trail that's great for practicing turns!

For intermediates

Heavenly is a heaven for intermediates with blue trails at almost every lift! For a fun winding run with an amazing view of Lake Tahoe, check out our favorite, Liz's, which starts at 9,846 ft! Big Dipper and Skyline are sure to impress as well.

For experts

Heavenly is a place to be for advanced skiers and snowboarders! Ellie's is the best black-diamond groomer! North Bowl is even better when it is groomed too but no advanced skier and snowboarder would want to miss out on double black-diamond runs, Killebrew Canyon and Mott Canyon!

Find freshies

Freshies are everywhere after a storm (especially between the trees!) and with so much terrain to explore at Heavenly, you're bound to ski some untouched powder!

Ditch the crowds

Sky Express and Dipper Express are the busiest chairlifts since they serve some of the best terrain on the mountain. Opt for other chairlifts if you aren't a fan of queues.

Non skiers

Non-skiers can try out snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and tubing here at Heavenly.

Families

Tamarack Express is the most popular chairlift for families to be around with the Tubing Hill close-by at the base of the chairlift.

Heavenly Mountain Resort

vs
Heavenly Mountain ResortNorthstar California
beginner20 %16 %
intermediate45 %47 %
advanced30 %37 %
expert5 %-
total runs97 100
ski area4,800ac 3,170ac
summit elevation10,067ft 8,610ft
total lifts28 20
child lift ticket$80 $90
adult lift ticket$146 $152
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall247″ 258″

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Heavenly Mountain Resort Reviews

Fabulous 4.4 / 5
based on 108 reviews

How well the resort caters for beginner skiers / boarders

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Quality of lifts, lift speed and lift layout in the resort

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Quantity and quality of the snow

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How uncrowded is the resort

Uncrowded

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Superb!5 / 5Nov 03, 2010
TTeri
It is also within driving distance and there are a number of resorts nearby.
Superb!5 / 5Feb 02, 2010
JJerry
The views of Lake Tahoe from several trails are so special that I lose skiing time.
Very Good!4 / 5Jan 28, 2010
JJason
The only large resorts I have been too are Snowshoe Heavenly and Kirkwood. Heavenly was the best. Also spent a week out there and did not need a rental car. Gotta Love That.
Superb!5 / 5Oct 26, 2009
CCraig
Just about unsurpased beauty, the lake below, actually being above the clouds on some snow days, absolutly the best there is.
Superb!5 / 5Sep 15, 2009
JJason
I live in Kentucky and ride Snowshoe often. I went to Heavenly and Kirkwood in Early spring. Heavenly was the best of the three. Also spent a week there and did not need a rental car. Gotta Love That.
Very Good!4 / 5Aug 03, 2009
AAl
OK, with this year's weather, I was lucky, but it was easily the best I've ever skied in. Look forward to going back sometime.
Superb!5 / 5Jul 26, 2009
JJamie
A great place for families. There is a more difficult area for adults and a easier area for kids.
Very Good!4 / 5May 02, 2008
AAgnes
The name of the ski resort explains what the place is about. The place is like no other wiht the beautiful surroundings and the beautiful view of Lake Tahoe and the desert - a very unique place.
Very Good!4 / 5Oct 07, 2007
BBob
Its even better than Whistler for the adults. However, the skiing has minimal vertical. Every other aspect is as excellent as Whistler.
Superb!5 / 5Sep 01, 2007
PPatty
Skiing down the maountain looking at lake tahoe is breath taking. we did Spring skiing here and the base of the mountain was mushy.

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