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 favourite, 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 USD (£62 GBP) $90 USD (£70 GBP)
adult lift ticket$146 USD (£113 GBP) $152 USD (£118 GBP)
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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Superb!4.9 / 5Mar 22, 2019
Terese S. Terese S.
intermediate skier
The snow was fabulous! Our group was able to ski Heavenly mid week saw the whole mt, lift operators were friendly. Lots of options to take a break. Joined in some of events. Basically we spent so much time on the mountain we had to schedule a break to go sightseeing! We will definitely be back!... More
Good!3.6 / 5Mar 22, 2019
Travis B. Travis B.
expert skier
Love Heavenly. Lives up to its moniker for sure. It has definitely grown on me over the years and my heart grows fonder for it each time I spend away from it. Hey - you can ski in two states. How many other joints can say that? Views are second to none and the riding - especially on a great pow day - phenomenal as well. Ca't wait to get back there.... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Mar 22, 2019
Mike T. Mike T.
advanced snowboarder
Panoramic views of Lovely Lake Tahoe! Big, wide, steep runs. Great snow@ 10,006' . All the amenities of a Big time global destination. Amazing Spring skiing and riding. Love, Love, Love me some Heavenly!... More
Good!3.8 / 5Mar 22, 2019
AMA M.
intermediate skier
Great views of the lake and well groomed runs. Lines, even on a very busy weekend, moved quickly. The kids ski school has excellent and friendly instructors. Would highly recommend their program for new skiers. The trails are well marked, possibly the easiest to navigate in the Tahoe area. But the difference between the beginner and... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Jan 14, 2019
Matthew E. Matthew E.
expert snowboarder
Loved everything about this place Kama just didn't like how small it was. I grew up on big mountains like Mount Werner where it takes days to ride the mountain. The snow is great and people were great the train was fun just kind of small.... More
Fabulous!4.5 / 5Dec 04, 2018
Carlos W. Carlos W.
expert snowboarder
Hi guys my name is Carlos. I’m from Connecticut and I just came out to Tahoe and Sacramento for a week. Since I’m from the east coast as you know, I was not ready for all of this fresh pow! It was so beautiful. The view from the top of the mtn looking down at Lake Tahoe was breathtaking! So B E A utiful!now there wasn’t a lot open, but itwas still... More
Superb!4.7 / 5Dec 04, 2018
Cameron J. Cameron J.
advanced snowboarder
One of my most favorite mountains. Living in san francisco it is my release from my city. There is nothing like standing ten thousand feet above sea level and looking down over the lake. Then smiling so much on the way down you have to cover your mouth because your teeth get cold, or tucking into some trees just to pop out into an untouched meadow... More
Good!3.8 / 5Dec 04, 2018
Tojz S. Tojz S.
expert snowboarder
Heavenly is appropriately named. The place is gorgeous and huge. The views of Lake Tahoe are unsurpassed. It’s so big it’s in 2 states and they blow a ton of snow... More
Superb!4.6 / 5Dec 04, 2018
Todd D. Todd D.
advanced snowboarder
Very nice resort that is easily accessible to the west coast. The views from the mountain of Lake Tahoe are outstanding. I have been many times and have always had great conditions.... More
Superb!5 / 5Nov 20, 2018
Coleman C. Coleman C.
expert snowboarder
This resort nestled in the mountains above Sacramento is one I will never forget. from the epic powder days to riding in a tee and shorts! This resort falls on the state line and you can go from Ca to Nv and back. this is a resort and experience!... More

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