Description - The 10,067-foot summit at Heavenly Ski Resort is the highest in Lake Tahoe and provides a spectacular panoramic view of the Lake, the surrounding mountains, and valleys. Receiving 20-plus feet of snowfall a year makes skiing and snowboarding at Heavenly fantastic. Plus, Heavenly Ski Resort also utilizes one of the world's largest and most sophisticated snowmaking operations in the country, helping make the conditions at Heavenly some of the best on the West Coast.
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Skiing the powder at Heavenly with Lake Tahoe in the background
Heavenly is a mountain with multiple topographic personalities. It offers long runs, wide-open groomed cruisers, powder-filled bowls, two of America's hairiest natural scare tactics, Mott and Killebrew canyons, steeps like The Face and Gunbarrel, and rows of regal pines spaced for excellent tree skiing.
- Heavenly's 29 chair lifts, including two new high-speed quads and high-capacity tram allow access to 82 trails, allow skiers and riders to access over 4,800 acres of terrain, making Heavenly Lake Tahoe's largest mountain playground. Heavenly's 3,500 vertical feet of terrain, spanning two states, are the most on the West Coast.
New for the 2000-2001 season is Heavenly's $20 million gondola. The gondola at Heavenly takes skiers and riders 2.4 miles from the heart of downtown Lake Tahoe to the heart of the mountain in under 12 minutes. It is the longest and fastest ski gondola in California.
Heavenly Ski Resort offers top-name entertainment, nightclub dancing, casino gambling and award-winning dining and lodging. Heavenly has an array of services including a state-of-the-art day care center, which provides care for infants and toddlers, and the Perfect Kids Children's Center, teaching children the fundamentals of skiing and riding. Both of these childrens facilities are located in the California Lodge.
Recreation - Heavenly offers 4,800 acres of terrain for skiing and snowboarding.
Climate - Changeable weather conditions are common in the Lake Tahoe Basin throughout the year. Winter storms may occur from September through June, with heavy snow accumulations likely. Sugar Bowl receives an average of 500 inches of snow annually! Sunny, summer skies may cloud over quickly with thundershowers, catching some people by surprise. Weather may also vary or change rapidly from lake-level (6,225 ft) to mountain peaks (10,880 ft).
Heavenly is located on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe, on the California-Nevada border. From Reno, the drive is about 1 1/4 hours. Follow U.S. Highway 395 south to U.S. Highway 50, then follow Highway 50 west to Heavenly. From Sacramento, the drive takes about two hours, following Highway 50 east to Heavenly.
Directions from Sacramento: Follow U.S. Highway 50 east to the junction of U.S. Highway 89 North. Continue on Highway 50 making a right hand turn, following the bend in the road. Drive approximately 5 miles to Ski Run Boulevard. Turn right and follow the signs to Heavenly.
Directions from Reno: Follow U.S. Highway 395 south to Carson City. Drive through Carson City to junction of Highway 395 and U.S. Highway 50. Follow the right-hand bend on Highway 50 up Spooner Summit. Continue on Highway 50 to the Nevada / California state line. Drive approximately one mile to Ski Run Boulevard. Turn left on Ski Run Boulevard and follow the signs to Heavenly.
Normal Ski Season:
Mid-November through May.