Heavenly Mountain Resort

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  • Fun party atmosphere at base
  • Spectacular views of Lake Tahoe and the desert
  • Tons of lodging options keep prices competitive
  • Crowds can be a problem here



One of the best ski resorts in Lake Tahoe, Heavenly is not only known for it's skiing but also it's partying. Split across the California and Nevada state line, the resort is 5th largest in North America and has the longest vertical drop in California. The tree-skiing is phenomenal as is the nightlife, entertainment as well as the gambling at the casinos sitting at the base.

Best month to go

January to March

Janurary to March are the best months to visit as Heavenly gets extremely busy with tons of holiday goers coming in December and around the Easter Weekend.


Reno-Tahoe International Airport


Heavenly Mountain Resort (1 hour 10 minutes)

Stateline (1-2 mi)

  • Has Casino's near Gondola or private homes a short drive away
  • Has the cheapest accommodation
  • Close to various restaurants, shops and activities

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South Lake Tahoe (1-3 mi)

  • Wide range of affordable and luxury lodging
  • Close to Heavenly Village
  • Close to various restaurants, stores and activities

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California Base area (Walk)

  • A range of condos and private homes
  • Expensive lodging but better for large groups
  • Far from dining, shopping and activities

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Stagecoach Base Area (Walk)

  • Has a lot of condos and timeshares that are almost ski-in/ski-out
  • Far from restaurants, shopping and activities
  • Range of accommodation including Airbnb's

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For beginners

There is limited beginner terrain at Heavenly with only a few mellow trails and practicing areas around. Our pick for new skiers and snowboarders is around Boulder Lodge where you can easily hop on the Boulder lift and wind down Boulder Bowl. It's a nice wide green trail that's great for practicing turns!

For intermediates

Heavenly is a heaven for intermediates with blue trails at almost every lift! For a fun winding run with an amazing view of Lake Tahoe, check out our favorite, Liz's, which starts at 9,846 ft! Big Dipper and Skyline are sure to impress as well.

For experts

Heavenly is a place to be for advanced skiers and snowboarders! Ellie's is the best black-diamond groomer! North Bowl is even better when it is groomed too but no advanced skier and snowboarder would want to miss out on double black-diamond runs, Killebrew Canyon and Mott Canyon!

Find freshies

Freshies are everywhere after a storm (especially between the trees!) and with so much terrain to explore at Heavenly, you're bound to ski some untouched powder!

Ditch the crowds

Sky Express and Dipper Express are the busiest chairlifts since they serve some of the best terrain on the mountain. Opt for other chairlifts if you aren't a fan of queues.

Non skiers

Non-skiers can try out snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and tubing here at Heavenly.


Tamarack Express is the most popular chairlift for families to be around with the Tubing Hill close-by at the base of the chairlift.

Heavenly Mountain Resort

Heavenly Mountain ResortNorthstar California
beginner20 %16 %
intermediate45 %47 %
advanced30 %37 %
expert5 %-
total runs97 100
ski area4,800ac 3,170ac
summit elevation10,067ft 8,610ft
total lifts28 20
child lift ticket$80 $90
adult lift ticket$146 $152
back country
value for money
average total snowfall256″ 281″

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Heavenly Mountain Resort Reviews

Fabulous 4.4 / 5
based on 116 reviews

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Fabulous!4.5 / 5Feb 25, 2020
KMKennedy M.
beginner snowboarder
For a first time snowboarding experience I think Heavenly was fantastic! I loved getting to meet all the workers from around the world who were all very friendly and helpful.... More
Very Good!4.2 / 5Jan 15, 2020
Heavenly Mountain Resort ReviewsThomas B.
advanced snowboarder
I thought that stagecoach lodge and staff was incredibly knowledgeable and I thought the operations were top notch. Groomed trails were pristine and ready to go before 9am open. We snowboarded during the week, which I would recommend because we avoided the crowds of weekender tourists.... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Dec 02, 2019
Heavenly Mountain Resort ReviewsTricia D.
advanced snowboarder
So big and terrain for everyone. It can get really crowded and lift lines can have a wait time of 30 minutes at times. Otherwise the terrain is good and snow never disappoints.... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Sep 04, 2019
Heavenly Mountain Resort ReviewsJeff F.
advanced snowboarder
This is a very fun and exciting place to ski/ snowboard. Lots of different terrain from beginner to advanced. The view of lake Tahoe is amazing. The fun never ends at Heavenly. Several great lodges to eat at on every side of the mountain. When there is enough snow you can ride out of bounds down to the casinos at lake level, incredible deep... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Aug 08, 2019
Heavenly Mountain Resort ReviewsRichard A.
intermediate skier
Skier and family friendly great place to have family vacation you stay in lake tahoe great nightlife for everyone casinos on the Nevada side you can ski in California or Nevada... More
Very Good!4.1 / 5Aug 08, 2019
Heavenly Mountain Resort ReviewsJake R.
expert snowboarder
Heavenly is a great mountain for all skill levels. It provides the best view of lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains. Lift lines can be rough on the weekends, but the mountain has plenty of room including some amazing glades that are often fairly empty. You can easily find some pow multiple days after a storm.... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Aug 08, 2019
Heavenly Mountain Resort ReviewsJordan Y.
advanced snowboarder
I've been going out west to ride for quite some time now, and have gone to Heavenly the last three years straight. Why fix something that isn't broken, right? The riding and atmosphere alone make for a great experience. Gorgeous views of the lake are a heck of a bonus as well. To each their own, but I honestly have no desire to ride elsewhere.... More
Fabulous!4.5 / 5Jul 01, 2019
Heavenly Mountain Resort ReviewsJarett S.
advanced skier
My favorite mountain of all time. It's the biggest and best in the tahoe basin and from what I hear the best in the nation. Most of my great memories as a child were made here!!!... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5May 03, 2019
Heavenly Mountain Resort ReviewsMo C.
expert skier
Heavenly is the premier Tahoe Ski Area. Excellent and varied terrain combined with amazing views, plus plenty of vertical make this resort a “must visit”. You will not be disappointed!... More
Superb!5 / 5Apr 29, 2019
Heavenly Mountain Resort ReviewsDavid J.
expert snowboarder
From the cocoa at the gondola to the epic backwoods tree runs to town, Heavenly Mountain is the absolute perfect combination of every desire in an alpine resort. I’ll never tire of exploring the terrain there, and after at least 20 days on the mountain through the last few years I still have not been everywhere. Believe me, it’s not for lack of... More

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