Few ski resorts can match Heavenly Ski Resort’s scenic beauty and expansive network of lifts, terrain, trails, and snowmaking. Located in South Lake Tahoe on the California-Nevada border, Heavenly is the region's largest ski area, featuring the highest elevation at 10,067 feet and the longest vertical drop.
With an average of 360 inches of snowfall per year, Heavenly gets some of the best snow in North America. Even better, bluebird days are enjoyed 300 days a year on average. Plus, the views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountain range are magnificent.
Heavenly is about three hours from San Francisco (without traffic) and an hour from Reno. It was founded in 1955 and is spread between four base areas: Stagecoach Lodge (local’s spot), Boulder Lodge (best for beginners), CA Heavenly Village/Gondola (best for walking to and from the slopes), and California Base Lodge (best variety and most parking). From wide-open groomed cruisers to 1,600-foot plunges in the double-black-diamond canyons and some of the most outrageous tree skiing in North America, there’s something for everyone at Heavenly.