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Heavenly Mountain Resort, Lake Tahoe (California)

Categories: Ski Areas, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
3.7/5 based on 480+ reviews on the web
Heavenly Mountain Resort offers 97 ski runs and 30 lifts with views of Lake Tahoe's deep, blue water and the surrounding mountains. The resort boasts the highest elevation--3,068 m (10,067 ft)--of any of the Tahoe-area resorts. Its 1,900 hectares (4,800 acres) straddle two states. With an average annual snowfall of 910 cm (360 in) and so many runs to choose from, visitors of all ages and abilities can comfortably ski and snowboard. Try Maggie's and Mombo for easier runs, Big Dipper and Skyline Trail for something a little harder, and Ellie's for a breathtaking, difficult run. Ski into one of the many eateries on mountain for a lunchtime break. Using our custom trip planner, Stateline attractions like Heavenly Mountain Resort can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Forget just buying the gondola ticket-just go ahead and buy the $89 pass because once you get to the top you are going to buy the upgrade any way once you see everyone having fun on the mountain coast...  read more »
  • A bit on the pricey side but worth it overall for the views and the variety of terrain available. At least as long as the winds don't kick up too much. 
  • I'm a beach lover. And really not all that interested in spending time in the mountains unless I'm skiing. My sister, brother & sister-in-law on the other hand spend all season skiing Heavenly. We (me...  read more »
  • Wow is this place expensive. We took the gondola ride to the top and paid a fortune to get there. I suppose the views are worth something, but certainly not what we paid for 2 adults and 1 child (under 4 is free). The gondola itself was hit with little air movement, but was fun for the kids. Activities at the top are expensive though, and for kids are probably not worth the price unless they are 10 years old. You also can't purchase individual activity tickets. It's all-you-can-do, which isn't much when you see the lines.
  • Expensive! At $44 a person, this is truly a tourist-trap. That being said, it was so worth it to get the views at the top of the mountain. The ride up was okay, and I highly recommend looking out toward the lake for the best views (duh). The observation deck was cute, with chairlift-inspired seating/tables, and a gift store. The views are great, and there are some interesting facts posted around the deck. The ride down is better view-wise, but we also felt like we were being roasted alive, due to the heat, sun, and lack of air movement in the lift. Don't bother at the very top unless you bought the Adventure ticket or are an avid hiker. Pokemon Goers: There is no Pokestop, but if you can get service, the gift shop is a gym. Anything past the observation deck is a dead zone in terms of pokemon. Put the app away and enjoy the natural beauty! :)
  • It's a must do in Lake Tahoe. Nice ride up. Make sure to stop at the first stop for pictures bc the gondola does not stop there on the way down. Keep going to the main activity area. Looks like lots of fun for young kids. Adults take advantage of the chair lifts especially the one on the right. Beautiful view of the lake from the top. Sign the waver for the chairs when getting your tickets. You'll have the stamp on your hand ready to show at the chair lift. Saves time. Food is very expensive there. Pack lunch. Dress in layers. It's chilly even in summer time. Great place to spend 2-3 hours but the price is a bit high. Still, a must do!
  • This is a summer review. They have changed their activity pass this year. It's $90 all inclusive, which sounds great, but the reality is you have to wait in line for over an hour for the activities. The ropes courses only take 12 each half hour. You can't sign in and come back. You have to sit around and wait, wasting the whole day. Last year you would pay for each activity, at a minimum you should be able to just sign in for each activity. Also it's 1pm and the groups aren't going out full. They don't offer the extra spaces to individuals or offer to break up the group. Crazy expensive. We got up here at 10:45am and will be lucky to get in two activities in 4 hours....on a Wednesday. As a season pass holder won't be coming back until they change the scheduling practice. You used to be able to come up, pay for an activity or two and then you're out major money without knowing what the line status is. They have your money, no incentive to properly staff the activities. I couldn't imagine this place on a weekend. Nice employees though. Friendly and helpful....but go parasailing, or jet skiing and save some cash.
  • Kirkwood is actually my preferred ski / snowboard resort in South Tahoe. However, I recently visited Heavenly with some friends. The power conditions were sick! Therefore I had a lot of fun. I also like that ski passes are now all digitized. However, I really didn't enjoy the long wait to buy passes and at the lifts. Nor did I appreciate the high food and drink prices. But I'm sure I'm in the minority.
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