Heavenly Area Resources


South Lake Tahoe's Local Tips
Know the Weather! – Conditions in Lake Tahoe can go from one extreme to the extreme in a short amount of time. Be prepared. Dress in layers and always wear plenty of sunscreen, even on cloudy days.
 
Visit South Lake Tahoe’s other resorts Kirkwood and Sierra-at-Tahoe.  
  • Kirkwood: If you are an experienced skier, do yourself a favor and get to Kirkwood. Locals Favorite. Extreme terrain and Tahoe’s deepest powder.
  • Sierra-at-Tahoe: Home to numerous Tahoe Olympic snowboarders! Only resort in Lake Tahoe with a top-to-bottom “green” or beginner run. Great terrain parks!
Wind-Hold: Just because the Heavenly Gondola is on wind-hold, it doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways to access the mountain. California Lodge is almost guaranteed to be open every day of the year. Also - Sierra-at-Tahoe is a sheltered mountain, meaning they experience little to no wind.
 
California Lodge: Hit the California Lodge at the top of Ski Run Blvd. Check out Heavenly before the Gondola. Great way to access the mountain on a powder day. Local’s favorite and home to the Gunbarrel 25. Tons of Free Parking and serviced by the Heavenly shuttle system.
 
Get on the Lake: So many people come to Lake Tahoe and never experience being on the water. Book a cruise on the M.S. Dixie and enjoy food and libations on Lake Tahoe “blue” waters.

Heavenly Mountain Resort Guide

Epic Location
A truly epic ski vacation isn't just about skiing. Enter Lake Tahoe. Where wildlife meets the wild life. Hot springs. Spas. Sleigh rides. Lake cruises. Restaurants. Shopping. Nightlife. We've got it all.
 
Epic Mountain
With 4,800 acres, we are one of North America's largest mountains. At over 10,000 feet, we are Tahoe's highest. Our 3,500 foot vertical is unmatched on the West Coast. And our average annual snowfall is a formidable 360 inches. And just in case that's not enough for you, we have one of the largest snowmaking systems on the continent at the ready, covering 70% of the mountain.
 
Let's talk terrain. Put simply, we've got it all, from breezy blue squares to hair-raising black diamonds. There's no better tree skiing on earth. And experts will have a field day at Mott and Killebrew canyons. This is what other mountains want to be when they grow up. This is Heavenly.
 
Heavenly Village
Tucked between the towering mountains and the pristine lake, Heavenly Village is filled with eclectic shops, exotic restaurants, live music and deluxe accommodations. And when you feel the urge to get back on the mountain, just catch the high-speed gondola right outside your door.
 
Winter Activities
Don't ski or snowboard? Have no fear, Lake Tahoe provides plenty of fun things to keep you busy, like cross-country skiing, a state-of-the-art movie theater, video arcades, bowling alleys, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, sightseeing and tubing.
 
Lake Tahoe Lodging
You'll need a place to stay, of course. Whether you want four-star luxury or just a place to throw your sleeping bag, you'll find it here. For example, step out your front door and onto the gondola from the Forest Suites or the Marriott Grand Residence and Timber Lodge. There are also options closer to the California Lodge, like The Tahoe Seasons Resort. Or if you're interested in a townhome, Lakeland Village might just be what you're looking for. Your choices range from family-friendly options like the Embassy Suites to all out action at the casino hotels. We have many more lodging partners at Lake Tahoe and we'll be happy to help choose accommodations that work best for you.

History of Heavenly

Heavenly Mountain Resort is a ski resort located on the California-Nevada border in South Lake Tahoe. It has 97 runs and 30 lifts that are spread between California and Nevada and four base facilities. The resort has 4,800 acres (19 km²) permit, with approximately 33% developed for skiing, making it the largest ski resort, by area, in California (Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is larger in trail-marked, skiable terrain). It is also Tahoe's highest ski resort, with a peak elevation of 10,067 ft (3,068 m), a peak lift-service elevation of 10,040 ft (3,060 m), and a vertical rise of 3,500 feet (1067 m). This is the resort that Representative Sonny Bono stayed at when he fatally struck a tree while skiing.
Tamarack Express Six Passenger High Speed ski lift with base at 9136 foot (2785 m) elevation
 
The resort was purchased by Vail Resorts, Inc. in 2002.
 
With an average of 360 inches (9 m) of snow annually, and one of America's largest snowmaking systems, their ski season usually runs from mid November to late April or early May.  When open, bases are linked with other ones, hotels, motels, casinos by free shuttles with ski racks. Airport shuttles link the resort with the nearest commercial airport in Reno, Nevada.
 
Under the recently approved 10-year Master Plan Amendment, Heavenly can continue to improve their resort with the replacement of two-seat lifts with high-speed quads. The first of these, Olympic Express, debuted on December 23, 2007. The longest zip line in the contiguous United States, The Heavenly Flyer is 3,100 feet (940 m) long, with a 525-foot (160 m) descent and will be located at the top of the Heavenly Gondola at Adventure Peak. Guests can enjoy a sweeping view of the Sierra Mountains while zipping down the mountain at 50 miles per hour (80 km/h).
 
In the next years expect a number of improvements including a 27,650-square-foot (2,569 m2) LEED certified building that will seat 950 people called the Powderbowl Lodge, a skier bridge from the top of the Gondola to Tamarack Express, the complete fleet of low-emission buses, a completed environmental drainage system that will clean run-off and multiple other projects. The 2008-2009 ski season will feature two new trails called the "Skiways Glades". Also, the "Skyline Trail" that leads from California to Nevada became 10 percent steeper.