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Elevation

  • 10067ft
    Summit
  • 3500ft
    Vertical Drop
  • 7170ft
    Base

Lifts

  • 2
  • 0
  • 2
  • 7
  • 1
  • 5
  • 3
  • 8
  • 28
    Total

Terrain

  • Beginner Runs

    8%

  • Intermediate Runs

    62%

  • Advanced Runs

    25%

  • Expert Runs

    5%

  • Runs

    97

  • Terrain Parks

    3

  • Longest Run

    5.5 mi

  • Skiable Terrain

    4800 ac

  • Snow Making

    3379 ac

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Overview

Few ski resorts can match Heavenly Ski Resort’s scenic beauty and expansive network of lifts, terrain, trails and snowmaking. Located on the south shore of Lake Tahoe, Heavenly is the region's largest ski area, featuring the highest elevation at 10,067 feet and longest vertical drop. Plus, the views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountain range are magnificent.

Important Dates

  • Projected OpeningProjected Closing11/27/201905/24/2020
  • Days Open Last Year
    155
  • Projected Days Open
    157
  • Years Open
    64
  • Average Snowfall
    360"

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Heavenly All-Mountain Terrain

Lap the Powder Bowl Express lift, hitting the bumps of Waterfall run. Then, take Sky Chair to the summit and swoosh down the fast groomers of Ellie’s and High Five. Now, it’s time for a short hike. Traverse Sky Line trail (due to its width, Heavenly requires some traversing to get from California to Nevada and back) to the bottom of Milky Way Bowl. Unclick just past the sign on Sky Line Trail, and follow the boot pack up to the summit of Monument Peak, which at 10,067 feet is Tahoe’s highest in-bounds terrain. Drop straight down the middle of Milky Way Bowl, or work to skier’s right toward Mott and Killebrew canyons. If you want to avoid the agro conditions in Mott and Killebrew, but need some off-piste fun, check out the tree runs and pillow drops through Nevada Woods and The Burn - where charred trees from a fire provide starkly beautiful views, and powder stashes await those willing to explore. Wrap up with a finishing run down The Face or a tree run through East Bowl Woods back to the California lodge.

Heavenly Mountain Powder Day Strategy

There are two ways to attack the mountain on a powder day, and the choice really depends on Heavenly Mountain Ski Resort’s weather and from which side (California or Nevada) you start your ski day. Mild temperatures at Lake Tahoe level can necessitate heading for the top, where snow is lighter. But, if temps are cold down low, then options are bountiful. Here are some of the ski routes you can take:

California Lodge Route

Setting out from Heavenly Ski Resort’s California Lodge, take Gunbarrel lift, and bag a quick lap through the well-spaced trees of East Bowl Woods. Ride Gunbarrel lift back up and board the mid-mountain Powder Bowl Express, disembarking to the right for Powder Bowl Woods - an often-overlooked tree stash at mid-mountain. When Powder Bowl Woods are skied out, ride Canyon Express to the top and descend beneath the lift to the trees of Ridge Bowl. Take Sky Express back up and drop down the fall line into the trees to skier’s right of Liz’s run.

Heavenly Village Route

If starting from Heavenly Village, take the gondola to mid-mountain and board Tamarack Express, heading skier’s right to access Airies Woods, which drop you out at Dipper Express lift. Ride Dipper to the terminus and ski toward Dipper Woods and Milky Way. By this time, patrol will hopefully have opened the gates to some of Heavenly’s best terrain—Mott Canyon, where skilled skiers can find steep chutes and rock drops. While waiting for Mott to open, hit the Dipper Knob area to skier’s right of Meteor trail. Adjacent to Mott is the equally ferocious Killebrew Canyon, typically the last terrain at Heavenly to open, so be prepared to pounce when it does.

Groomers & Family Skiing at Heavenly

Heavenly has a large grooming fleet, which means an abundance of groomer options for beginners and intermediates. From the gondola terminus, take Tamarack Express and do a warm-up lap on California Trail or Sam’s Dream. Go back up Tamarack and drop into Orion and the East Peak area, served by the Dipper and Comet chairlifts. Cruise the Comet trail and take the lift back up. This time, ski down Crossover to the Olympic Express lift, which offers a run through the wide-open glades of The Pines. If starting on the California side, head to the top of Liz’s run off the Sky Express lift, making sure to look over your shoulder at Lake Tahoe. Take Sky back up and descend Ridge Run, which offers some of the mountain’s most amazing lake views. Stop off to the side and grab a photo.

Heavenly Mountain Resort for Beginners

Beginner skiers and riders can head for Maggie’s run served by the Powder Bowl Express lift. Maggie’s run meanders down to the “Snow Beach” area, where a small food shack offers hot chocolate and snacks, and beach chairs provide a relaxed setting for families to meet up while doing laps on different lifts. Newbies who want beginner trails only should stick to the Boulder Lodge area, a little-trafficked ski area within the resort that features a gentle, wide-open bowl for working on turns and skiing with the kids

Heavenly Terrain Park

Heavenly Ski Resort also has multiple terrain parks designed to serve everyone from beginners to go-big huckers.

  • For first-timers and rookies, the progression park near the gondola offers low boxes and rails that are almost flush with the snow to eliminate the fear factor.
  • Groove Park is the most popular, offering smaller features for beginners and intermediates, though experienced boarders and jibbers often start here with some warm-up runs or to practice moves. Groove is set up like a skate park, with a lot of features packed into a small area.
  • Player’s Park (off Ridge Run) and Ante Up Park (beneath Tamarack Express) are classified as medium/intermediate terrain parks in terms of their features. Player’s Park has a line of triple jumps and progressive jibs. Ante Up’s claim to fame is a jib line featuring old water pipes and recycled scrap items that provide a unique vibe.
  • High Roller is where the fearless go to play, with expert-level hits and gaps that provide a show for people riding the Sky chair. High Roller terrain park has a 55-foot and a 65-foot jump as well as playful touches, such as tire stacks for clearing or tapping on the way by.

Located right out of the California base, The Face is a double-black mogul run unforgiving in its steepness. It drops 1,700 vertical feet into the equally challenging Gunbarrel and East Bowl moguls. These are the bump runs made famous by former hot-dogger Glen Plake, who holds the annual Gunbarrel 25 event here that challenges skiers to complete 25 thigh-burning laps.

The Milky Way Bowl is the best place to find fresh powder for expert skiers. For amazing tree turns, head to the Pinnacles and take some time to dip into the pines. Intermediates should head to Ridge Run and check out the amazing views of Lake Tahoe.

If you’re a beginner and want to explore some higher terrain, go to the Enchanted Forest. With shorter runs and gentle slopes, it’s a great place to start.

Top-Rated Breakfast Spots

  • Red Hut is a Tahoe breakfast institution with three locations, including the original shop opened in 1959 and the more conveniently located new café on the corner of Ski Run and Lake Tahoe boulevards. The omelets are great, but waffles, including bacon waffles with the crispy strips cooked right in, are the house favorite. 3660 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Best Lunch Restaurants

  • Featuring a towering wall of windows, massive wooden beams and a modern-mountain design, the Tamarack Lodge atop the Heavenly gondola is a model for energy efficiency and pleasing aesthetics. Choose from a selection of foods ranging from pizza to pasta to everything in between, with indoor and outdoor seating. 2311 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City, CA 96145
  • Named for the legendary youth ski team that produced Glen Plake and other past skiing greats, https://blueangelcafe.com/ is a short drive from the California base and is a favorite local’s spot due to its innovative menu and affordable prices. Try the curry of the day or the daily True Blue Plate Special, and don’t skip the sweet potato fries with homemade aioli. 1132 Ski Run Blvd. South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Where to Go for Dinner

  • 19 Kitchen Bar on the 19th floor of Harvey’s casino offers some of the best views of the lake, a VIP seating area, hardwood grill and a small but select menu of American seafood and steak specialties. Start with a Tahoe-tini, order the Chilean sea bass or filet mignon, and don’t forget the homemade donuts for desert. Highway 50 at Stateline Avenue, Lake Tahoe, NV 89449
  • With a spacious and modern décor, the Edgewood Tahoe Restaurant provides unimpeded views of Lake Tahoe from every table and is located at the south shore’s finest golf course. House favorites include the seared elk steak with sun-dried cherry relish and spaetzle, or the marinated bavette steak. 100 Lake Parkway, Stateline, NV 89449
  • Located near the marina and several art galleries for after-dinner browsing, Riva Grill is a local’s favorite with décor inspired by Tahoe’s summertime wooden boating culture. Cocktails include the famous Wet Woody, and the menu features upscale burgers and fish tacos as well as the signature chimichurri pork tenderloin. 900 Ski Run Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
  • With gourmet pizzas, salads and pasta dishes, Blue Dog Pizza is a short walk from Gondola Square in the Raley’s shopping plaza, across the street from Heavenly Village. 4000 Lake Tahoe Blvd. South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Nightlife/Après

Heavenly Resort NightlifeKnown as a 24-hour party town due to its casino nightclubs, blackjack tables and drink specials, South Lake Tahoe offers loads of opportunity for naughty nights.

  • McP’s Pub is a local’s hangout with a covered and heated outdoor deck and a wide selection of beers. 4125 Lake Tahoe Blvd A, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
  • Located in Heavenly Village near the skating rink, Fire + Ice serves classic and fruity martinis, and has an outdoor patio with fire pits for enjoying the sunset. 4100 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
  • Late-nighters and bridesmaids on a bender should head to Opal in the MontBleu casino, where the music thumps until morning and scantily-clad dancers shimmy on mini stages beneath flashing lights. 55 US-50, Stateline, NV 89410

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Heavenly Mountain Resort Reviews

John undefined
28th November 20192
I agree, they close too much of the mountain too often for winds (despite the sky being blue and it not being...Full review
Paris Mahoney
2nd April 20192
We had sighted up for board lessons. Read the whole paper on the website. When we went to cheack In for the...Full review
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