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

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Fabulous!4.3 / 5Dec 02, 2017
SHStephen H.
beginner snowboarder
Great all around resort. Was my first ever place to board and though the lifts are kinda scary for someone afraid of heights its still really fun. I will be returning to explore more as i advance.... More
Good!3.9 / 5Nov 30, 2017
STSon T.
intermediate skier
One of the best mtn I've ski on. Of course, it has the best sceneries. there's no other resort can match the views of lake Tahoe. When there's not enough natural snow. Heavenly did a good job of making them.... More
Superb!4.5 / 5Nov 30, 2017
RRyan
intermediate skier
Heavenly was amazing. After meeting two seasoned skiers the night before in the hotel hot tub, my friends and I were invited by the two guys to use their discount buddy passes at Heavenly for an amazing day of POW. I've never seen anything like this or felt snow like that. Two storms of 4 feet each dropped just before our trip burying everything... More
Superb!5 / 5Nov 29, 2017
RMRoss M.
advanced snowboarder
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Fabulous!4.3 / 5Nov 24, 2017
MFMichael F.
intermediate skier
Being an older intermediate skier I really appreciate the large number of runs available. Also there are many ski lifts that move along at a good pace so you never have wait long. The Sierra Nevada snow is some of the nicest to ski on as well. ... More
Good!3.9 / 5Nov 24, 2017
DJDaniel J.
expert snowboarder
Out of the large majority of the Tahoe areas, Heavenly is my least favorite. Lots and lots of people and if you don't know where to go you can find yourself traversing A LOT! Can be a good time if you want to tie in more than just riding into your trip though. It's gondola is located right in downtown South Lake. You can save some cash in the... More
Good!3.9 / 5Nov 23, 2017
GGGeorge G.
expert snowboarder
Please hire enough staff to be able to open sky chair on powder days like you used too. Like in 10-11. Last season snow was great but the work by staff was obviously understaffed. Stop being cheep Vail. You make plenty of money. ... More
Fabulous!4.4 / 5Nov 21, 2017
ADGAlfredo De G.
expert snowboarder
Awesome resort with a great view of the lake when going down the slopes. If year's snowfall is good this is the best place for powder I have ever rided before.... More
Good!3.5 / 5Nov 21, 2017
TVTanner V.
expert skier
I enjoy how large the resort is. It feels like they're are three different resorts. However for snowboarders it may be hard to get from major lift to major lift.... More
Superb!4.6 / 5Nov 21, 2017
SLSongyuan L.
advanced skier
Heavenly is right at the city of South Lake Tahoe, a very convenient location to most people. The gondola has great view of the Lake Tahoe. The snow at the Nevada side is great. The only drawback is the trail to Nevada side is too flat.... More

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