Heavenly Mountain Resort

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  • 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
  • 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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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.


Reno-Tahoe International Airport


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.


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

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
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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Very Good!4 / 5Nov 06, 2017
JDJeffrey D.
intermediate snowboarder
One of the biggest and best resorts in the world I find the view to be breathtaking and I go every year only drawback is it is very expensive there are casinos on site which offer a lot of free comped rooms which is another added benefit... More
Very Good!4.1 / 5Nov 05, 2017
AHAaron H.
intermediate null
Fun resort, i just moved to town used to the Colorado mountains on the Epic all the time,but Heavenly is great. Definitely heavier snow and last season a lot of the mountain was often closed due to weather, which I guess... saftey is good but kinda lame not being able to get to a lot of the mountain on the big powder days. ... More
Good!3.9 / 5Nov 05, 2017
PGPhuc G.
intermediate snowboarder
Great resort. It has an amazing view of Lake Tahoe. It can definitely be very crowded at times, especially the popular lifts. You also get to ski in both the Nevada and California side, which is pretty exciting. ... More
Superb!4.7 / 5Nov 05, 2017
MRMarc R.
expert snowboarder
Heavenly is a hidden gem that's right out in the open and very crowded during peak season/holidays. What I mean by that is the majority of the mountain is in the trees or accessed by gates. Once in the trees, skiers/riders can often find powder stashed days after the storm. Heavenly has the best tree skiing in America and in certain years can... More
Very Good!4 / 5Oct 29, 2017
JBJason B.
The mountain is wonderful it has true diversity at all levels .The areas for consumption of food and beverage are always claim and staff is always very courteous 1000 need a Billy to ski the Nevada and California sides really make this place a special venue for recreational sking.
Superb!5 / 5Oct 27, 2017
JTJosh T.
The staff, views, trails, and terrain park are perfect. Trails are never crowded and awesome powder days on both Nevada and California sides! Heavenly has been my home mountain for years and wouldn't trade it for anything
Superb!5 / 5Oct 19, 2017
SJSteve J.
Heavenly has some of the best views in north America. Ridge Run is an epic classic to view Lake Tahoe. A must picture spot with Mr Tallac and Lake Tahoe in the background. Orion has great views of the Minden Valley to the east.
Very Good!4 / 5Oct 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 / 5Oct 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 / 5Oct 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.

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