One benefit I do not see mentioned is that the hotels at the base of the tram will keep your car parked all day after you check out. I take "the boys" up the night before and grab a late bite before sleeping. In the morning, we walk across and get on the lift (great for teenagers). I appreciate the non parking/walking in the morning. Having dinner in one of the casinos still excites the kids (live music, the walk through to the restaurant) and the sleep in time saved not driving is "the bomb". Other areas have some hotel choices by the lift but Heavenly lets you choose between many accomodations (read - different budget levels) and still enjoy the convenience. This more than makes up for any on-mountain shortcommings if you are working with a bunch of teenagers.