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Heavenly Mountain Resort Resort Reviews

by: powdahskiah - 6th March 2007

  • 4
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Expert
  • 4All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 3Family Friendly
  • 5Aprés Ski
  • 2Terrain Park
  • Overall Value

Full review

Of all the Lake Tahoe resorts, we ski Heavenly most often because of proximity to family & friends living nearby and the apres ski options in South Lake & Stateline. Where else can you ski/ride all day then step off a gondola, walk a block, and sit down to a fine dinner, first class entertainment & a lively game of Texas Hold'em all in one day? The base & on-mountain facilities are modern & well maintained and the views from Heavenly's California side are easily second to none anywhere in the US. However, this is neither a very novice-friendly or even a real expert mountain. The "green" trails are mostly flat & boring and the true double diamonds are few & either inaccessible or closed. Though the grooming is excellent & most cruisers are fast & varied, overall excitment & challenge is somewhat lacking where most "blue" trails miss the "wow-factor" of the likes of Squaw, Kirkwood & Alpine Meadows. Most of the chairlifts, though old, are well positioned & fairly adequate. But the Top-of-Gondola & Snow Beach areas can become crowded "horror scenes" even during weekdays! Experience over the years has taught us to avoid skiing Heavenly on weekends & holidays, bring our own food & beverage, rent equipment off-mountain (50% cheaper & better techs), and either arrive at one of the four base areas quite early or take a shuttle. Still, Heavenly is a fine mountain resort, just not the best of the Tahoe basin.

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