Heavenly Ski Resort & Gondola

#8 in Best Things To Do in Lake Tahoe
Heavenly Ski Resort & Gondola
Heavenly Ski Resort & Gondola
1 of 3
Courtesy of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority

Key Info

3860 Saddle Rd.

Price & Hours

Lift ticket prices vary by day
Hours vary seasonally

Details

Recreation, Skiing Type
More than Full Day Time to Spend
3.8scorecard
  • 3.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

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 4,600 skiable acres – with runs appropriate for all levels – as well as two 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 ($58 for adults, $35 for kids), but travelers agree that the experience is a must for first-time visitors. In addition, in the summer at the resort's Epic Discovery adventure area, visitors can enjoy ropes courses, zip lines, a mountain coaster, climbing walls, tubing and guided hiking tours. Book the Ultimate Adventure Pass to try them all for $99 (or $74 for those shorter than 54 inches), which also includes the gondola ride.

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. If you don't have your own set of wheels, there is a shuttle that service the resort – the Tahoe Transportation District Heavenly ski shuttle, which makes stops at most accommodations in South Tahoe. For more information, including lift ticket prices and packages, check out Heavenly Resort's website.

See all Hotels in Lake Tahoe »

More Best Things To Do in Lake Tahoe

Emerald Bay State Park
Squaw Valley
Type
Time to Spend
1 of 12
#1 Emerald Bay State Park

Carved millions of years ago by passing glaciers, this state park is a must-see for anyone looking to experience Lake Tahoe's beauty. Sheltered by towering trees, this inlet along the southwest shore of Lake Tahoe is known for its colorful granite cliffs and stunning panoramas. Follow Highway 89 south from Tahoe City (about 20 miles) or north from South Lake Tahoe (about 10 miles) and you'll come across the Emerald Bay Lookout, the park's crown jewel. And you should make sure you have a camera on hand – the scenery is breathtaking and travelers say there are photo opportunities everywhere you turn.

Read more
Howcheng/Wikimedia Commons
See full list of Best Things To Do in Lake Tahoe »

Explore More of Lake Tahoe

Recommended

10 Excellent Educational Vacations for Families

Make sure your next getaway is both enjoyable and informative.

Holly JohnsonMarch 14, 2019

15 Epic Outdoor Adventures to Enjoy Across America

Plan an unforgettable trip in your own backyard or on the opposite coast.

Will WalkeyMarch 12, 2019

The 30 Most Famous Landmarks in the World

Explore the globe in search of these intriguing historic sights.

Gwen PratesiMarch 11, 2019

The 50 Best Hotels in the USA 2019

U.S. News ranked 3,877 top properties for 2019. Check out the 50 best.

Zach WatsonFebruary 5, 2019

30 Hot New Hotels to Check Out in 2019

See which new properties offer surprising and fun features.

Lyn MettlerFebruary 5, 2019

10 Top All-Inclusive Resorts in the USA

Go all-in for these luxe resorts flush with amenities.

Will WalkeyFebruary 5, 2019

The Caribbean Comeback: 12 New and Renovated Caribbean Hotels to Visit

These island properties are sure to impress travelers.

Erin ShieldsFebruary 5, 2019

17 Amazing Kid-Friendly Hotels

Discover which properties offer ample amenities for children.

Christine SmithFebruary 5, 2019

AAA Announces 2019 Diamond Award Winners

Of the more than 27,000 properties evaluated, 1,843 hotels earned Four and Five Diamond awards.

Zach WatsonJanuary 31, 2019

30 Cheap Beach Vacations for Travelers on a Budget

See which waterfront escapes won't burn a hole in your wallet.

Kyle McCarthyJanuary 24, 2019