Heavenly Mountain Resort Review

by: powdahskiah - Mar 6, 2007

  • Overall Rating 4
  • Family Friendly 3
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 4
  • Terrain Park 2
  • Nightlife 5

    Date Visited: Mar 6, 2007

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.