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Heavenly Ski Resort & Gondola

4080 Lake Tahoe Boulevard | South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 | Official website
Heavenly Ski Resort & Gondola Photo info
Courtesy of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
  • Type: Recreation, Skiing
  • Time to Spend: More than Full Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.3)
Value: 4.0 (4.0)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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With its summit soaring 10,067 feet above sea level (the highest peak in Lake Tahoe), this wildly popular resort truly is heavenly. And it's the only ski area located on the southern shores of Lake Tahoe. It offers more than 4,800 skiable acres — with runs appropriate for all levels — as well as three snowboard parks, nearly 30 lifts and a 50-passenger aerial tram. The Heavenly Resort also offers daycare programs and children's ski lessons, so feel free to bring the kids along.

Despite Heavenly's incredible runs, its main draw is not its fresh powder but rather its soaring Heavenly Gondola. These suspended cable cars carry passengers more than 2 miles through the mountains to a 9,200-foot-high observation deck. Rides will cost you a small fortune ($40 for adults, $20 for kids), but travelers agree that the experience is a must for first-time visitors.

Heavenly Ski Resort sits less than 5 miles east of South Lake Tahoe. Lift tickets and lodging can be expensive, so book in advance and check the resort's website for online deals. During the winter ski season, lifts run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and open 30 minutes earlier on weekends. The resort's other activities have separate hours of operation. For more information, including lift ticket prices and packages, check out Heavenly Resort's website.

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