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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: 4.0 (4.0)
Value: 3.0 (3.0)
Facilities: 5.0 (5.0)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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With its summit soaring 10,067 feet above sea level (the highest 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, 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 kiddies.

Despite Heavenly's incredible 86 runs, its main draw is not its fresh powder but rather its soaring Heavenly Gondola. These suspended cable cars carry passengers more than two miles through the mountains to a 9,200-feet-high observation deck. Rides will cost you a small fortune ($32), but travelers agree that the experience is a must for first-time visitors. As one TripAdvisor user writes, "Overall it was very fun since it was really a first time experience for us, but if we return to the area we would not return for 'been there, done that, and cost us an arm and a leg' reasons."

Sitting less than five miles east of South Lake Tahoe, the Heavenly Ski Resort can be expensive (tickets for the lifts alone cost $75 for a one-day adult pass). 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, check out the Heavenly Resort's website.

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