If partying is the name of your ski vacation game, then Heavenly should be a top-of-mind choice for the next mountain getaway. Between the rowdy après-session at Unbuckle in Tamarack and late-night excursions at one of the many “Stateline” hotel-casinos, a Heavenly ski vacation is meant for those who look for excitement around every corner.
It’s also a great ski destination if you value tons of terrain, exceptional views of a glittering Lake Tahoe, endless dining options, swanky lodging, and great shopping. Families visiting Heavenly on a ski vacation will also be pleasantly surprised to find plenty of fun and healthy activities like tubing, snow biking and sledding at Adventure Peak below Tamarack Lodge.
...in the beautiful area of Heavenly set above the stunning Lake Tahoe.
...at a top elevation of 10,067, the highest in Lake Tahoe.
...by flying into Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO).
…breathtaking views Lake Tahoe.
…the colorful, vibrant views of Lake Tahoe.
…yourself to a spa day at one of the numerous day spas around Tahoe.
...97 trails ranging from wide-open to cruisers, to steeps and blacks.
Intermediate and expert terrain comprise the majority of the mountain’s 4,800 skiable acres. Beginner skiers are relegated to one or two sections of the mountain, which may be frustrating for some novice skiers who are used to more comprehensive access. But the more contained access is actually beneficial as beginners don’t have to navigate the many fast, steeper blue trails and worry about avoiding other skiers. The majority of the beginner terrain is found off the Powderbowl Express chairlift, so beginners can still experience incredible alpine views of Lake Tahoe. Intermediates rule Heavenly. There are several blue runs, like Skyline Trail or Ridge Run from the top of the Sky Express chairlift, that can be skied from the mountain’s summit to the base area, and offer not only iconic skiing but breathtaking views. Intermediate skiers have an entire blue gladed area, Powderbowl Woods to enjoy. Expert skiers can test their mettle on the double-black “Hollywood line” under Gunbarrel Express, called The Face. Experts also have tons of challenging gladed runs to choose from, and two hike-to, gate-accessed canyons. Here, experts will find numerous steep chutes to ski.
*based on the average of all Overall Experience ratings given in Traveler reviews.
The skiing at Heavenly was so incredibly beautiful. The one and only downfall from the mountain is the amount of flat trails that you need to travel in order to get from one side of the mountain to the other. I still enjoyed the skiing very much, just had a hard time pushing along those flat trails on skis when it was busy. Would definitely go back.
Lots of Snow
In high winds, lifts shut down at the top, and it being a Sunday it was crowded so lines were long. Rest of week was beautiful with lots of snow and bluebird skies. Visited Kirkwood and Squaw Valley as well. In snowy conditions you must have all wheel drive (or chains), had to upgrade our rental car at the airport to get up to Heavenly.
Heavenly mountain is very large with a lot of skiing trails. You can stay there a week and not cover all of them!!! Lot's of choices. The views are beautiful and the whole experience is very enjoyable. We stayed in the middle of the week and trails were pretty empty. The only problem with a Spring skiing - it's hit or miss. There was 55 degrees and sunny, which made the snow pretty slash.
Christene in Keller
It was probably one of the best trips that I have gone on. My boyfriend and I had a hard time coming home and wished I would have booked it a few more days.
stacey in West babylon
My first winter trip to Heavenly was a great experience. The weather was great, the snow was great, and the food was fantastic! I left Heavenly, however, slightly confused. Confused is how I would describe the the staff on and off the mountain. Not sure if this is a California thing, but no one could give me a straight answer to any question. Although the people were very nice and kind, they lacked the ability to simply answer a question. Everyone seemed confused leading us to believe that we ourselves were confusing them. Also, while on the mountain, it appeared as if Heavenly was either under new ownership as the on-mountain restaurants were very unorganized. No one seemed to know exactly what time the gondola closed leaving us to ponder why Happy Hour at the top of the gondola went way past the designated time the gondola supposedly stopped running.Another problem we had was the frequent closure's of the lifts and mountain due to wind. Weather conditions can change without notice, this is understandable, but when we went to get our tickets signs were posted everywhere that refunds would not be issued. This fact was reiterated by the sales person. Although this was quite a put-off, this was not the case. My unused ticket was quickly returned for a refund without question!
Walter in Columbus
Heavenly made plenty of snow.
We visited Heavenly from December 8 through December 16, 2011 when there was a drought in the Southwest. Heavenly made plenty of snow on the runs that were open. It was cold and sunny on the mountain. We were able to enjoy skiing and use the year old Tamarac Lodge for lunch.
Matt in Santa barbara
Spring in Heavenly
I had an incredible time skiing at Heavenly on the eastern side of Tahoe over spring break. The snow was surprisingly good given how late in the season it was. I actually read about Heavenly on Findthebest.com's ski resorts app, "http://ski-resorts.findthebest.com/" , which has tools to compare ski resorts on aspects like total acres and ticket price. Heavenly has a similar price to other top Tahoe resorts, but way more skiable acres. Definitely the most bang for your buck. \n
Frank in Watsonville
Skied Heavenly And Squaw @ Lake Tahoe
We arrived on Boxing Day (Dec 26 in the U.S. of A) evening. Checked just in time for night skiing at Squaw. Maybe I'm spoiled by the excellent night skiing in Vancouver (I'm speaking of last season, not this on folks...), but I wasn't really impressed by the cattle call lift routine you're subjected to if you ski all the way down the mountain. You have to take the gondola back up. Heavenly the next day was quite impressive, even by Whistler Blackcomb standards. In BC, we have dense tree growth, so skiing in the trees is more of a iffy proposition. At Heavenly, it's where the best skiing is. Pristine powder stashes everywhere! Three days, each night with a dusting of snow and less than 5 minutes to get on the lifts average, it was,...uh,...Heavenly. Apres ski was great. Shopping, casinos, restaurants and a view of the lake, spectacular. Next year, we plan to spend more than 4 days here and explore the other ski area around the lake. I'm sold on the place.