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Skiing Heavenly picture in Lake Tahoe
Heavenly picture in Lake Tahoe
Heavenly picture in Lake Tahoe
Skiing Heavenly picture in Lake Tahoe
Heavenly picture in Lake Tahoe
Heavenly picture in Lake Tahoe

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  • More than Full Day Time to Spend
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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 4,600 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.

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#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 ... Read more » Howcheng / Wikimedia Commons

#2 Squaw Valley Sprawling across six peaks on Lake Tahoe's western shore (about 10 miles northwest of Tahoe City), Squaw Valley has been dubbed one of the world's finest ski resorts ... Read more » Courtesy Squaw Valley

#3 Kings Beach State Recreation Area Stretching along Lake Tahoe's northern shore, this beach is one of the largest in the area. The nearly 13-acre park – which encompasses a fair amount of shoreline on the ... Read more » Courtesy of the North Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureau

#4 Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum The Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum honor one of the darkest moments in American pioneering. Here, you'll find a great stone pedestal commemorating the Donner Party ... Read more » zrfphoto / Getty Images

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#8 Heavenly Ski Resort & Gondola 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 ... Read more » Courtesy of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority

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#10 Alpine Meadows If you want to avoid the crowds that flock to nearby Squaw Valley, consider visiting the lesser known Alpine Meadows. Often referred to as Lake Tahoe's hidden gem, this ... Read more » Jason Abraham / Alpine Meadows Ski Resort

# Lake Tahoe Balloons Read more » grantmg / Getty Images

# Lake Tahoe Cruises Read more » Michael Marfell / Getty Images

# Tahoe Adventure Company Read more » Gary Pearl / Getty Images

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