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Heavenly Ski Resort

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The Ski Resort

Skiing at Lake Tahoe
Skiing at Lake Tahoe © Vail Resorts

The ski area Heavenly straddles the state line between California and Nevada, right next to Lake Tahoe. The runs here extend up to an altitude of 3,086 m, offering unparalleled views over the lake.

Perfect for Beginner Skiing 

From South Lake Tahoe, you can take a gondola lift up into the ski area. Once on the mountain, you should first take a moment to savour the incredible panorama from the viewpoint platform before you take to the slopes. The mountain station is also home to a nursery area for beginners as well as a snow tubing course. At California Lodge as well as Boulder Lodge, both of which can be accessed directly by car, there are also designated practice areas for kids and beginners.

Challenging Runs for Advanced Skiers

Advanced skiers and snowboarders can look forward to exploring a wide range of challenging runs in Heavenly. The trails running down from the Stagecoach Express and Dipper Express are particularly worthwhile. If you like a real challenge, we suggest making your way to the highest point in the ski area. From here, you can take the Ridge Run to the Canyon and then on to the Sky Express. From there, you can push on until you reach Maggie’s Piste.

Tons of (Double) Black Diamond Runs

Experts will love the black diamond and double black diamond runs in the ski area. There are several located down the mountain from the Sky and Gunbarrel Express lifts. Elli’s trail is also well worth trying, as its generous length demands some serious stamina.

Freeride fans won’t be disappointed in Heavenly either. The ski area is a true “snow hole” and half a metre of new snow overnight is not uncommon. Powder fans can take to the white stuff first and foremost in the Milky Way Bowl as well as in the area around Mott Canyon and Killebrew Canyon. However, these zones are only accessible on foot and not via the lifts.

Snowboarders and Freestyle Skiers

Snowboarders and freestyle skiers can look forward to four terrain parks in Heavenly as well as a super pipe. The Groove Park is the best place to start for beginners. This park is populated with small and simple rails, boxes and wedges. Kids can also try out some tricks next door in the Progression Park.

Advanced riders head for the Ante Up Park. This is located below the Tamarack Express and, aside from a selection of great obstacles, also offers unparalleled views over Lake Tahoe. Real experts hit the High Roller Park, which is located between the Sky Express and Canyon Express lifts. Here, there is a huge super pipe alongside kickers, rails and boxes.


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Snow Safety & Snowmaking

Snowmaking Share
Snow Making Machines: 265
Average snow depth of the last years (Summit)
(in ")

On Mountain Dining

East Peak Lodge at Comet Express Lift's base station.
East Peak Lodge at Comet Express Lift's base station. © skigebiete-test.de

In Heavenly, hungry skiers and snowboarders have a choice of seven mountain restaurants, bars and cafes. A varied range of different dishes is, for instance, available at the Tamarack Lodge at the mountain station of the gondola lift. This is also home to the legendary Unbuckle après-ski parties. You can also take a break in the California Lodge & Bar next to the Gunbarrel Express lift. Meanwhile, Café Blue at the middle station of the gondola lift serves small snacks to keep you going.

Must-Ski Runs

The ski area offers runs down into the valley towards all valley stations except the gondola station. In other words, skiers still have every opportunity to wind their way down the mountain after the lifts close. The longest run in the entire ski area is the trail from the Sky Express down to California Lodge – some 8.8 kilometres in length and boasting an altitude difference of 1,070 meters.

The most challenging trail is probably the 2-kilometre run down from Mott Canyon. Generally speaking, Mott Canyon offers the most difficult terrain in the entire ski area.

Most Difficult Runs

Mott Canyon
Length: km
Vertical Drop: 400 m

Longest Runs

Sky Express - California Lodge
Length: 8.8 km
Vertical Drop: 1,070 m


This is Heavenly.
Heavenly Mountain | Opening Day 2018
Heavenly ski resort California


The infamous "Westerly Storms" bring more than half a metre of fresh snow to Heavenly several times a year.
The infamous "Westerly Storms" bring more than half a metre of fresh snow to Heavenly several times a year. © skigebiete-test.de

The mountain station of the gondola lift is also home to a snow tubing course. Expect white-knuckle action as you slide across the snow in a plastic tube – great fun for all the family. South Lake Tahoe is offers visitors the unique opportunity to take a snowmobile tour. Racing through the backcountry up to an altitude of 9,000 feet with over 100 PS underneath you is a pretty unforgettable experience. This tour also provides views of the region which would otherwise be inaccessible on foot.

However, a helicopter tour offers an even more breath-taking spectacle, with views over the lake and the mountains from a bird's eye perspective.


Après-Ski and Nightlife

The Cliché, located next to the Presidents Lounge, is the most elegant and upbeat cocktail bar in the entire Lake Tahoe region. A must for visitors to the ski area is the Fire and Ice Bar in Heavenly Mountain Village. It is truly the après-ski destination in this region. Another spot not to miss is the famous Hard Rock Cafe which is also located on Lake Tahoe.

Dining and Restaurants

The Edgewood restaurant in the hotel of the same name in South Lake Tahoe is known far and wide for its outstanding food. The Forest Buffet is said to have the best buffet on Lake Tahoe, and, thanks to its location on the 18th floor, it offers up truly unparalleled views to boot. The Sage Room Steak House is known for its western atmosphere as well as excellent cuisine.


Getting here

Here you can see the border between Nevada and California.
Here you can see the border between Nevada and California. © skigebiete-test.de

If you are travelling to the ski resort by plane, the nearest airport is around 100 kilometres away in Reno. From there, you can take a shuttle service to South Lake Tahoe. These shuttle buses depart 11 times a day.

By car, take the US 395/580 towards Carson City. At Exit 57B, take the exit towards Virginia City/Carson City/South Lake Tahoe. Leave this road at exit 38 and keep right onto Fairview Drive. Then turn left onto South Carson Street and then right again onto Lake Tahoe Boulevard.

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last update on Aug 31, 2023
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Mountain Stats

Elevation6565 ft - 10066 ft
Opening DayNov 17, 2023
Closing DayApr 23, 2024
Capacity 43382 Persons/Hr.
Hours9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Total 28

Skiable Terrain

4799 acres
Green Circle
Blue Squared
Black Diamond
Double Diamond
Overall Slope Area 4799 acres
Number of Slopes 112

Weather (10066 ft)


1 day adult $259
1 day youth $212
1 day child $142
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