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A 75-minute drive away, Reno-Tahoe Airport is the closest and most convenient airport, with daily nonstops on Alaska Airlines from Los Angeles and Seattle, American Airlines from Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago, and Delta from Salt Lake City. Sacramento International Airport is 2.5 hours away—longer if it’s snowing—and should only be considered in the unlikely circumstance that there are no flights available into Reno.
From the Airport:
South Tahoe Express (866-89-TAHOE) offers 11 daily shuttles ($27 one-way adults, $15 children) from Reno-Tahoe to the casino hotels and Embassy Suites on the South Shore strip near Heavenly Village, where taxis can be easily hailed if headed off the beaten path. For those in need of a car, Heavenly provides rental deals through Hertz.
No car is necessary if staying on casino row or near pedestrian-friendly Heavenly Village, which offers shopping and dining and easy access to the gondola. South Lake Tahoe’s free public Blue Go busses are clean-emissions vehicles that transport half a million people yearly, stopping at all the major hotels and connecting Heavenly’s base areas.
Projected Opening Ski Season: 11/16/2012
Projected Closing Ski Season: 04/14/2013
Projected Days Open: 157
Days Open Last Year: 155
Years Open: 58
Average Snowfall: 360"
Pros: Tree skiing, views
Cons: Lift placement, long traverses, gaggles of gapers
Pros: Location, Skiable Area
Cons: Changes in Wind could close Gondola
Pros: Decent coverage despite minimal snowfall
Cons: Many runs/lifts closed
Pros: no real snow
Cons: good job making snow
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