Heavenly Mountain Resort

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Ron Thompson

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

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.

17/18 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″

Heavenly Mountain Resort Reviews

Fabulous

4.4 / 5

based on 91 reviews

How well the resort caters for beginner skiers / boarders

Beginners

How well the resort caters for intermediate skiers / boarders?

Intermediates

How well the resort caters for advanced skiers / boarders

Advanced

How accessible and convenient it is to get to this resort from a major destination

Accessibility

Quality of the off-piste terrain

Side/Backcountry

Overall value for money of the resort

Value for money

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

Lifts

Quantity and quality of the snow

Snow

How uncrowded is the resort

Uncrowded

Après ski and dining options

Town

Services and facilities e.g. child care, tubing, health care, equipment hire

Facilities

How family friendly is this resort?

Family Friendliness
Very Good!

4 / 5

Oct 19, 2017
JBJames B.
Very nice trails but lift tickets are on the expensive side. Really amazing views at the top of the mountain. Food is really expensive and really not very good. Cool gondola ride to the top.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 18, 2017
WMWill M.
Heavenly resort is exactly what the name says: heavenly. Unbeatable views of Lake Tahoe makes you stop for pictures. The runs cater for all skill levels and is great for kids learning as wel as groups of friends. With trail parks for the more experienced riders. Make sure you stop at Tamarack lodge on the mountain for daily happy hours, DJs and... More
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 18, 2017
RGRobin G.
Heavely has EVERYTHING any skiier or boarder can want. Looooong trails, steep and deep in Motts Canyon, and the best snow(highest peak) in Tahoe. Weekend are so fun too with the DJ out near tamarack.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 18, 2017
EFEric F.
Heavenly Ski Resort is one of the most majestic skiing you will find in the US. The views of Lake Tahoe are simply EPIC! Runs for all ski levels. If you are looking for a fun long blue run that can still get the adrenaline running I would recommend heading up to the top of the mountain and take Skyline Trail to Meteor to Big Dipper to Galaxy! ... More
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 08, 2017
DSDavid S.
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.... More
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 07, 2017
JJonathon
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.
Average!

3 / 5

Oct 07, 2017
JCJustin C.
I had a rough day at Heavenly. It is NOT for the snowboarders. I spent half my day pushing myself along to get from one side of the mountain to the other. It did have pretty views and good snow. It’s a cool spot right on the California/Nevada border. I just wish the lift that could take you from one side to the other had been opened for us
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 06, 2017
AWAnton 96@Web.De
Beautiful view above the Lake and you can ski in two different states waithout leaving the resort. The slopes are pretty nice too! All in all I can say that I love it!
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 06, 2017
SKSteven K.
Heavenly is one of my favorite resorts in California. There's a ton is skiable terrain for every level of skier or boarder. The views are absolutely stunning and the contrast between lake Tahoe and the Nevada desert are truly magnificent.
Very Good!

4 / 5

Dec 23, 2013
VVianney
its a little trip from LA, but the view of the lake from the mountagn is fantastic!
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