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Heavenly Ski Resort

If you love to ski, come and enjoy heaven on earth, in Tahoe at Heavenly Ski Resort! Heavenly Mountain rises 10,100 feet above the South Shore of beautiful Lake Tahoe, making it the highest elevation of any ski resort in Tahoe and the largest bistate ski resort in the United States.

Few ski resorts match Heavenly Ski Resort's superior scenic beauty and expansive network of lifts, terrain, trails and snowmaking. Skiers and snowboarders can glide for miles, surrounded by the towering peaks of the Sierra, while overlooking Lake Tahoe, the high desserts of Nevada and the ranch lands of the Carson Valley.

skiing at Lake Tahoe's Heavenly Ski ResortBright sunny days. Tons of incredible snow. Sweeping majestic vistas. Powder-filled bowls. Wickedly steep double-black diamonds. Miles of corduroy cruisers. Chutes, bowls, bumps, trees . . . it's all waiting for you!

Heavenly Ski Resort has 27 lifts and 82 runs, offering 4,800 acres of true skiing and riding diversity spanning two states. With a base elevation of 6,450 feet and a summit of 10,040 feet, Heavenly's vertical drop of 3,590 feet offers a mountain descent of 5.5 miles! You're guaranteed to find a challenge, whatever your skill level. One-third of the mountain puts expert terrain under your skis, while the other two-thirds are dedicated to beginners and intermediates.

Heavenly averages 76% sunny days, so sunscreen is a good thing on the mountain. Over 360 inches of natural snow falls per season. That's 30 feet! In fact, Heavenly Ski Resort gets more average annual snowfall than Colorado or Utah. Heavenly grooms up to 70% of its runs nightly, and has the snowmaking muscle to cover 67% of the runs, making another 120 inches of snow per season.


Snowboarding at Heavenly Ski Resort

skiing at Lake Tahoe's Heavenly Ski ResortIt's no secret that Heavenly is one of the best carving and free-riding mountains in the country. Local snowboarders have long considered Heavenly to be the ultimate mountain -- a perfect place to learn or to sharpen your riding skills and bust some air!

Heavenly is a true carver's paradise. The entire mountain is open to snowboarders and there are parks and halfpipes just for riders on both sides of the mountain. Heavenly snowboard pros can show you the cool tree runs, the hidden powder stashes, where to hit virgin corduroy and how to hang out in the parks and pipes.

Heavenly Ski Resort opened to snowboarding in 1988. Since learn-to-ride lessons began in 1990, Heavenly Ski Resort has taught more then 60,000 people to ride. During the 1997-98 season, snowboarders accounted for 20% of Heavenly's visitors.


Four New Lifts, Including New High-Speed Quad
In 2004 Heavenly Ski Resort installed four new lifts, including a new high-speed quad to replace Canyon and Ridge chairs. The new express lift will cut the ride-time nearly in half from what it was on the old Canyon Chair. The best part… the new speeding bullet will provide high-speed access to their advanced terrain park on the upper California side of the mountain. Other terrain park locations include an intermediate park on Cascade and a beginner's park on Groove.
Aerial Tram at Heavenly Ski Resort
The Heavenly Aerial Tram is a great way to catch "ski fever." You'll glide up an awe-inspiring mile-long flight into the sky where you'll see the jewel-like waters of Lake Tahoe, the majestic and snowcapped peaks of the Sierra Nevada, and panoramic views that seem to stretch to infinity. The only way to experience more magic is to take a ski lift and glide down the mountain on your own inertia.
Heavenly Ski Resort Snowboard Parks
Two snowboarding parks and nine monstrous halfpipes that were designed, built and tested by the Heavenly Snowboard Team. Both sides of the mountain now have a terrain park and a halfpipe positioned near lifts for easy access with complete snowboard service stations located nearby. Sick hits and air, wicked little hips and wedges, and more snowboard activities and events this season.
Ski Instruction and Equipment Rentals at Heavenly Ski Resort
The Heavenly Ski School is internationally known for its talented professional staff and technical expertise for any ski level. Learn to ski or develop some new techniques by participating in exciting programs such as private and group lessons, specialty clinics, adventure packages and Guided Demo -- all designed to show you a fantastic time! Heavenly rents virtually every type of ski or board you may want to try.
On Mountain Tours
Every Saturday morning throughout the season, this two-and-a-half-hour tour for intermediate or better skiers and riders provides an extensive overview of the mountain. Your guide will take you up the California side of Heavenly and over to the Nevada side of the mountain -- and then show you how to get back to California.
Ski with a U.S. Forest Ranger
Twice daily throughout the season, this two-hour tour for intermediate or better skiers and riders provides an interpretive tour of Heavenly's California side. Learn details about Lake Tahoe's geology, the mountain wildlife and indigenous plant life from a U.S. Forest Ranger guide.
Heavenly Ski Resort Mountain Picnic
Imagine an outdoor picnic at 9,000 feet with a setting and a feast fit for royalty! At a prearranged time and trail location, a Heavenly representative will rendezvous with your party and guide you off-trail to a secluded picnic area with an outrageous view of lake and peaks and plenty of sunshine. Music, fresh flowers, wine, silverware, china, sumptuous food and a decadent five-layer chocolate torte dessert are served on a table carved out of the snow and covered with a linen tablecloth. Chairs and blankets are provided for your comfort. Your personal waiter will assure an extraordinary dining experience.
Mountain Lodges and Restaurants
Heavenly Ski Resort now has three base lodges and five on-mountain facilities that offer skiers and snowboarders easy and convenient access to a variety of dining options. Heavenly has also added an outdoor, barbecue eatery, Adventure Peak Grill, to the top of the gondola.
Heavenly Ski Resort  Day Care Center
This state-licensed facility provides all-day supervision and activities for infants, toddlers and preschoolers -- six months through four years of age. There are special sitting areas for mothers and babies to share quiet time, and separate play areas for each age group. The full and half-day programs include ski-related activities and good old-fashioned snowplay. The Day Care Center is located on the main level of the California Lodge.
Perfect Turn Children's Center
Heavenly Ski Resort is proud of it's Perfect Kids Ski and Ride programs, taught by instructors who specialize in teaching and working with children. Heavenly programs are designed with fun in mind, showing your child all of the wonders of the great outdoors while introducing them to the never ending excitement of skiing and riding. The Children's Center is at slope level because little legs get tired marching up and down stairs!
  Beginners' Park and Ski School Sales & Adventure Center
Heavenly Ski Resort has taken the beginner's experience to new heights, beginning with a 15-acre beginner's park at the top of the gondola. It all starts at the new Ski School Sales & Adventure Center in the heart of the Heavenly Village. The state-of-the-art center provides one-stop shopping for adults and children ski school lessons with its fully computerized registration system and full line-up of ski and snowboard rental gear. The new sales center will offer adult and children's clinics for groups and privates.

Next, beginners will be whisked from village to mountain via the Gondola. Once at the top, guests will be escorted to the private learning area located in a secluded meadow near the gondola. The 15-acre parcel offers ideal learning terrain and three new lifts including a comfortable, slow-moving fixed-grip quad, a mitey mite and a magic carpet. The area is dedicated solely to beginners and provides a true ski experience without other intimidating, more advanced riders whizzing by.


  After the snow season, come back and enjoy a Heavenly summer at Heavenly Ski Resort!

Visit the
RECREATION menu tab for information on these Heavenly Ski Resort summer activities: gondola rides, summer hiking trails.

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Heavenly Ski Resort Mountain Trail Map Heavenly Ski Resort Mountain Trail Map

Once the lifts are running, Heavenly is open for skiing Saturday, Sunday and Holidays for skiing between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Ticket Sales
Tickets go on sale daily, one-half hour prior to lift operations. Half-day tickets go on sale at 12:30 p.m.

Heavenly provides a wide variety of ticket programs and options to fit your vacation plans. There is sure to be a ticket option just right for you.


24-hour Ski Report Line
  775-586-7000, press 1

Equipment Rentals at Heavenly Ski Resort

Ski Shuttle System
Most South Shore and Stateline lodging properties are located on Heavenly's ski shuttle route, with buses running from hotels and lodges to the California Base Lodge and the Nevada-side Boulder and Stagecoach Lodges. Heavenly's complimentary ski shuttle system is comprised of four different routes. The buses pick up at each of the bus stops as frequently as road and weather conditions permit, normally every 20-30 minutes. Look for the blue "Shuttle Bus Stop" signs or check with the front desk at your lodging property for Heavenly ski shuttle details.  

Physical Address
Heavenly Ski Resort
Corner of Wildwood and Saddle
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

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By Plane:
Frequent commercial service by most major and regional carriers to
Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

All-Weather Highway Access:

  From Reno to South Lake Tahoe
U.S. HWY 395 south to U.S. HWY 50 west
58 miles, 1.25 hours

  From San Francisco
I-80 east to U.S. HWY 50 east
198 miles, 3.5 hours

  From Sacramento
U.S. HWY 50 east
100 miles, 2.0 hours



* Photo by John Kelly, Heavenly Ski Resort

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