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  • 359 in of annual snowfall
  • 4799 total skiable acres
  • Top elevation 10065 ft, base 6564 ft
  • 20% beginner, 45% intermediate, 30% advanced, 5% expert
  • Projected opening: 11/22/2013
  • Projected closing: 04/20/2014

Heavenly Expert Skiing

Heavenly’s expert terrain options comprise 35-percent of the resort’s 4,800 acres. So, expert skiers and thrill seekers will find plenty of technical trees, double-black diamond steeps and two gate-accessed zones chalk full of steep chutes for those looking for steep and deep backcountry-like skiing.

Heavenly Expert Terrain

If you’re staying on the California side of Heavenly, or are looking for a morning leg warm-up, start your day on the slopes off the Gunbarrel Express chairlift. From the top of the lift drop into the gravity defying steeps of double-black The Face into East Bowl or Gunbarrel. You can take another lap in the area and check out the glades in East Bowl Woods or Hogsback. When you’re ready make your way to Sky Express chairlift via Powderbowl Express chairlift. From the top of Sky Express you can drop into an extremely long (and fun) gladed area. Start in Ski Ways Glades, but stay high so you connect back up with Pinnacles trail. Take Dipper Express chairlift back up and then head skier’s left off of the chairlift and cut into Dipper Woods. This gladed, yeehaw-inspiring area drops skiers off in front of Mott Canyon, one of Heavenly’s gate-accessed areas. Killebrew Canyon, and the open steeps of Milky Way Bowl, which sits above Mott Canyon, are accessed by foot only. So if you’re looking to get some fitness on your Heavenly ski vacation, there’s plenty of hike-to terrain. TK Mott Canyon provides expert skiers with 13 trails to choose from, while Killebrew Canyon offers eight. The majority of these trails are chutes, so skier’s heading out of Heavenly’s access gates must know how to ski steep, narrow areas.

If steep cruisers are more your styles then don’t miss Ellie’s or Express Line from the top of Sky Express chairlift.

To learn more about Heavenly expert skiing call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Heavenly Family Ski Vacation

When you look at the long list of family-friendly things to do on a Heavenly family ski vacation, you start to understand the resort’s namesake. From the incredible skiing, breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe, plethora of dining options and family entertainment to be had at South Lake Tahoe’s hotel-casinos, the whole gang will love everything about a Heavenly family ski vacation. Both kids and parents will find their own sliver of heaven, no pun intended.

Heavenly Family Lodging

Heavenly family skiing is among some of North America’s best, and the lodging options match that, providing family-friendly amenities, like pools, spacious units and full kitchens. Below you’ll find Ski.com’s picks for the top Heavenly family lodging. To learn more about these properties, call, or chat with one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

  • Located in the heart of South Shore of Lake Tahoe, Marriott Grand Residence Club is directly adjacent to the Heavenly gondola, providing convenient access to the mountain. It’s also an easy walk to the Lake Tahoe beaches—if weather permits. The Marriott Grand Residence Club offers a variety of accommodations ranging from studios to multi-room suites, ensuring that families have all the space they need. Kids will love splashing around in the Marriot Grand Residence Club’s outdoor pool, while parents catch some deserved R&R in the outdoor hot tub, sauna, steam room or full-service spa.
  • A perfect location for your next Tahoe family ski vacation, the Ridge Tahoe is an 11-acre, condominium - hotel resort on the Nevada side. The Ridge Tahoe, which offers more than 300 units, provides families with opportune ski in, ski out access to Stagecoach Lodge. This unique resort offers an endless list of family-friendly, complimentary services and amenities including a children's playground, a video arcade, a movie theater and a private shuttle service.

Heavenly Family Skiing

Families can explore Heavenly’s sprawling 4,800 acres, which spans over two states: Nevada and California. Beginner families want to start at the California Lodge base area; there they have their own zone off of the First Ride chair to learn to ski. Once they’ve nailed the basics they can start working their way up the mountain via Gunbarrel Express chairlift. From there they can further perfect their skills on the Patsy lift. There are more green runs off of Powderbowl Express that are ideal for more experienced beginners. Intermediate families have their run of Heavenly, with blue runs sprawled all over the resort. The most iconic blue runs can be found along the resort’s boundary line. Ridge Run off the Sky Express not only yields the best views of Lake Tahoe, but also some seriously fun sustained cruisin’. Similarly Skyline Trail from the top of the Sky Express heading skier’s left off the chairlift offers a meandering groomed experience sure to please the whole family. For the longest run on the mountain, families can keep skiing right from Skyline Trail into Big Dipper and Perimeter. Kids and parents alike will love boasting that they skied over 2,500 vertical feet on their Heavenly family ski vacation.

For expert families, there are some great single black diamond runs that are certainly challenging, but by no means extreme. Skyway Glades and Dipper Trees are sure to challenge and delight the entire family. Kids and the young at heart will truly enjoy exploring Heavenly’s exceptional tree trails.

To learn more about Heavenly family ski vacations call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Heavenly Mountain Resort’s intermediate skiing makes up a mammoth 45-percent of the ski area’s rambling 4,800 skiable acres. Intermediates will feel like the resort was made just for them as they cruise the ski area’s 3,500 vertical feet. Intermediates can also experience crossing the Nevada/California border on skis or boards, something extremely unique to Heavenly.

Heavenly Intermediate Terrain

With so much intermediate terrain to choose from, the task of deciding where to go can be a daunting one. So, we’ve pointed out the most notable intermediate runs for your convenience. To bypass the crowds and get yourself on the mountain start your day off at the Heavenly Village base area and hop on the Gondola. From there you can head to either the Comet Express, Dipper Express or Tamarack Express chairlifts. All three lifts access tons of pristine, groomed cruisers, but the list toppers in that zone include California Trail, Orion and Dipper. Intermediate skiers looking for a challenge can test their legs on Big Dipper, which turns into Perimeter trail and can be skied all the way down to the Stagecoach or Boulder Lodge base areas. 

Intermediates should take California Trail over to the Sky Express chairlift, which drops skiers and boarders off atop Heavenly’s 10,040-foot summit. Intermediate skiers have terrain options on either side of the lift. Skier’s left off of the chairlift leads to the meandering Skyline Trail, which offers incredible views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains.  If skiers stay right off the lift they’ll find Ridge Run, which also yields breathtaking visits of Heavenly and South Lake Tahoe. To switch it up a bit, you’ll want to head to the Powderbowl Express chairlift, just below Ridge Run. In that area you’ll find Powderbowl Woods, blue square glades, that will have intermediate skiers grinning ear-to-ear.

To learn more about Heavenly Intermediate Skiing call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Heavenly Luxury Ski Vacation

If you’re idea of luxury includes topnotch casinos, breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe, shopping, spectacular live performances from world-famous acts, fine dining and upscale lodging, then Heavenly is the ski destination for you. Heavenly bestrides the border of Nevada and California, and provides excellent views of stunning Lake Tahoe from nearly every point on the mountain.

Heavenly Luxury Hotels

Heavenly lodging options are namely affordable and mid-ranged price points, but Ski.com recommends luxury-lovers give the Marriot Grand Residence Club a try. Conveniently located in the South Shore of Lake Tahoe, the Marriot is conveniently placed across from the Heavenly gondola—ensuring exclusive access to the Heavenly skiing. For the ultimate luxury experience, a stay in the Marriot’s penthouse suites is in order. But, selection is generally limited so call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists to book this highly coveted accommodation. The hotel offers a slew of world-class amenities, like a 24-hour front desk, concierge services and  a full-service spa.

Heavenly Fine Dining

The key to Heavenly fine dining is finding a restaurant that offers unspoiled views of sparkling Lake Tahoe, especially around sunset. There are few experiences that can rival a lakeside meal. And few can beat Lake Tahoe’s Chart House. The Chart House is conveniently located near Heavenly in the “stateside” area of South Lake Tahoe. This restaurant boasts famed-entrees like spiced seared tuna, a slow-roasted prime rib, and Maryland-style crab cakes. The wine and whiskey menu is something that should be explored, and the service and ambiance will please the most critical diners.

To learn more about Heavenly luxury ski vacations call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Heavenly parties like few others. After skiing a full day, the party crowd heads to the Tamarack Lodge for a proper après hour at Unbuckle, and from there it’s time to hit the casinos on the Nevada side. Rinse, repeat, rinse, repeat. You can sleep when you’re dead, right? It can be a hard act to follow day in and day out, but the incredible memories you’ll make are worth it. If rowdy bar scenes, playing craps late into the night, chic lounges and world-class performances sound like the perfect add-on to your ski vacation, then Heavenly nightlife will undeniably please any party animal.

Heavenly Casinos

Harvey’s Lake Tahoe is the area’s original hotel-casino. Lovers of tequila and classic rock will have a ball at the legendary Cabo Wabo Cantina. Harvey’s is the place to go for big, sell-out performances., so be sure to check the concert schedule ahead of time. Gamblers can take their chances on a game of blackjack, keno, poker, slots or table games.

Heavenly casinos exist only on the Nevada side of South Lake Tahoe, so that’s where the night hawks head. Each of Lake Tahoe’s five casinos offers a unique experience and vibe. Harrah’s Lake Tahoe is considered the “chill” casino, because it’s gambling and concerts are more low-key, with smaller acts, and the choice between roulette and slots. If it’s possible to have a more quiet gambling experience, Harrah’s is it. 

If you’re looking to mingle with local Lake Tahoeans, then Lakeside Inn and Casino is where your headed. Since it’s the local’s favorite, you can bet that Lakeside’s cocktails, bar scene, happy hour and restaurants have been well reviewed. Staying power and a good reputation are two great reasons to your luck at Lakeside. Casino-goers on the hunt for the ultimate Lake Tahoe part experience will love the area’s newest hotel-casino, MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa. MontBleu, which is “a habitat for everything wild,” boasts a Vegas-like experience, and it certainly comes close with its swanky ultra-lounge, Blu Nightclub. Horizon Casino one of the better options for entertainment and live performances, with its Aspen Bar, a karaoke and live concert stage, the Golden Cabaret and an incredible illusion show.

Heavenly Apres-Ski Bars

The new Tamarack Lodge has changed the après game at Heavenly. After a hard day of skiing Heavenly’s iconic slopes it’s time to party even harder at Unbuckle at Tamarack. This après hotspot not only features incredible happy hour specials−at half price drinks−but it also features live DJs, and best of all the Heavenly Angels: super sexy go-go dancers that really get the party going. After one of the best après scenes you’ll ever have, you get to enjoy moonlit views of Lake Tahoe on the gondola ride back down to the base area.

To learn more about Heavenly nightlife call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Heavenly Lodging

Heavenly lodging options range from private homes to hotels to condos, and you can expect a lot of the hotels to have casinos and night clubs. Sometimes a plethora of options can be both a blessing and a curse. Researching properties takes up your valuable time, so let Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists point you in the right direction. Below you’ll find our top picks in budget, family-friendly and luxury categories.

  • Lakeland Village Beach and Mountain Resort, a condominium resort, provides incredible value at a low price. Guests can enjoy continental breakfast and complimentary ski shuttles, as well as a quarter-mile of private sandy beach with a pier and boat moorings, outdoor heated pools, two hot tubs and a sauna. The Lakeland Village Beach and Mountain Resort even provides a private, complimentary shuttle service to the casinos, or wherever you’re heart desires in the Heavenly village.
  • The Ridge Tahoe is an 11-acre, family-friendly condominium hotel resort on the Nevada side. Offering more than 300 units, the Ridge Tahoe provides families with convenient ski in, ski out access to Stagecoach Lodge base area. Families have a full docket complimentary services and amenities to enjoy including a children's playground, a video arcade, a movie theater and a private shuttle service.
    Luxury ski vacation-seekers will appreciate the conveniently located Marriot Grand Residence Club. Situated in the South Shore of Lake Tahoe, the Marriot is handily placed across from the Heavenly gondola—ensuring exclusive access to the Heavenly skiing. For the ultimate Heavenly luxury experience, a stay in the Marriot’s penthouse suites is in order.

To learn more about Heavenly lodging call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

With 20-percent of California’s largest resort to explore, beginner skiers will find plenty of trails to suit their terrain needs. Novice skiers have tons of meandering green runs that offer stunning views of immaculate Lake Tahoe. Heavenly Mountain Resort’s beginner skiing is namely situated further up on the mountain, rather than in the base area, providing beginners with a unique high alpine experience. However, unlike the Heavenly intermediate skiing, you won’t find green runs scattered throughout the resorts vast 4,800 skiable acres. This may sound like a drag to some, but there’s a definite upside. Beginners will be skiing with and around other beginner skiers at slower speeds, rather than dispersed with intermediate and expert skiers. Beginner skiers at Heavenly can feel comfortable, safe and focus on their skiing, rather than who’s skiing near them and how fast they’re going.

Heavenly Beginner Skiing

There are two “learn to ski” areas−complete with surface lifts or magic carpets−one at the California Lodge base area and another at the Boulder lodge base area, so first timers can rest assured that Heavenly has the proper facilities for them to learn in a safe and comfortable way. Beginners who are ready to explore the rest of what Heavenly has to offer should start from on the California Lodge base area, as there are no green runs from the Boulder Lodge base area higher up on the mountain. So, head up Gunbarrel Express and enjoy the beginner trails around Patsy’s lift. Once you’re feeling ready working your way even further up the mountain via the Powderbowl Express chairlift and explore Mombo and Maggie’s trails. This area is where nearly all of the Heavenly green runs can be found, so be sure to stick here unless you feel you’re ready to tackle intermediate terrain.

To learn more about Heavenly beginner skiing call or chat now with one of Ski.com's knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Things to Do in Heavenly

With a laundry list of casinos, live performances, shopping nightlife hot spots, jazz clubs, restaurants, kid-friendly arcades—to name a few—the gamut of things to do in Heavenly is one of its biggest draws. History and geological buffs can visit one of Lake Tahoe’s museums to learn about the regions past from the lake’s Ice Age formation to the construction of the first railroad to modern-day events.

Heavenly Outdoor Activities

Outdoor enthusiasts can choose from any number activities. Some of the most popular Heavenly outdoor activities include the tubing hill, scenic helicopter tours, cross-country skiing, hot-air balloon rides, snowmobile tours and excursions to the area’s hot springs.

Heavenly is a little more than three hours from San Francisco, making it one of California’s favorite ski resorts, With so many weekend warriors, as well as international and domestic travelers, you can imagine that Heavenly offers affordable experiences. The area’s many hotel-casinos offer cheap room rates, especially if you’re gambling, which often includes complimentary drinks. Plus, the South Lake Tahoe area surrounding Heavenly has an abundance of affordable or reasonably priced restaurants that feature quality meals, and views of the lake that never get old.

Heavenly Budget Hotels

Heavenly’s vast inventory of lodging, hotel and condo options, and large California weekend-warrior population, ensures that budget-conscious skiers and snowboarders are well represented. Here are some of Lake Tahoe’s most affordable accommodations.

  • Nestled on 19 acres of pristine woodland, Lakeland Village Beach and Mountain Resort is a condominium resort featuring hotel amenities, like continental breakfast and complimentary ski shuttles. Guests can enjoy a quarter mile of private sandy beach with a pier and boat moorings, outdoor heated pools, two hot tubs and a sauna. The Lakeland Village Beach and Mountain Resort even provides a private, complimentary shuttle service to the casinos, the Heavenly gondola, dining, or wherever you’re heart desires in the Heavenly village.
  • South Shore’s only all lakefront property, Tahoe Lakeshore Lodge and Spa offers hotel and condominium lodging all with an incredible lake view. The resort sits on 500 feet of private beach and is conveniently located near restaurants and casinos. Every room features a balcony and wireless internet access, and wake-up calls and housekeeping services are also provided.

Affordable Heavenly Restaurants

Booking accommodations with a kitchen and cooking range, and opting to go grocery shopping will help you save money on your Heavenly budget ski vacation, but if and when you decided to venture out into the restaurant scene you’ll probably want to eat somewhere that offers large portions at a reasonable price. So, Italian it is. And you’re in luck, since Susca Italian Ristorante isn’t just affordable, with entrees averaging $20, it’s also darn tasty. Plus, there’s nothing like a hearty bowl of homemade pasta after a long day on the slopes. Don’t miss the simple goodness of the cappellini or the seafood fettuccini. Their clams and linguine is also a menu standout.

To learn more about how you can save on a Heavenly ski vacation, call or chat now with one of Ski.com's knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Between Heavenly’s famed hotel-casinos and its many dining establishments you can bet that there is a restaurant that will meet your budget and palate. Heavenly restaurants vary from contemporary American to Hawaiian and Asian to Italian and German, as well as several award-winning steakhouses and seafood restaurants. Plus, many of these restaurants feature incredible views of glittering Lake Tahoe.

Heavenly Restaurants

For an great, reasonably priced meal with an incredible view head to Boathouse on the Pier. In the summer, this primarily seafood restaurant features an unbelievable lake-side dining experience on their 1,000-foot pier. In the winter, guests can still enjoy take in the Lake Tahoe sunsets from the comfort of inside the Boathouse. With a view like that, you’d think the menu would be outlandishly priced, but it’s surprisingly reasonable, without sacrificing quality ingredients and service. If the mountains have you in the mood for alpine fare, head to Himmel Haus for Bavarian-inspired food and good German and Belgian beer. The menu’s ingredients are sourced locally, and the restaurants features live music three times a week. Plus, you won’t spend more than $30 on an entrée, so those on a budget can enjoy a great meal without breaking the bank.

For those with a penchant for finer things, the Chart House, a seafood restaurant perched on a cliff overlooking Lake Tahoe offers an exceptional menu and view. If you have a hankering for some hearty cuts after a hard day on the slopes, Lake Tahoe offers several outstanding steakhouses. Friday’s Station Steak and Seafood Grill at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe will please beef and wine lovers, alike. The restaurant is located at the top floor of Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, offering incredible views of the lake. Friday’s wine list is notable, which is plain to see as you walk into the restaurant. The entrance is lined with award-winning bottles. Cierra at MontBlue will also please foodies, thanks to its remarkable service and unique seafood-focused menu. Don’t miss the abalone and the gorgonzola and pine nut-crusted sea bass.

To learn more about Heavenly dining, call or chat now with one of Ski.com's knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

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