Worship Snow Alistair Petersen, Ski Specialist

"Does Heavenly offer some of the best views in skiing? I think so! Head to the top of the Sky Express Chair and take the skiers right along the Skyline trail… slowly. Savour that view - It’s truly worthy of a Kodak moment! In town it's a game of two halves. The sleepy traditional Californian side of town is a huge contrast to the casinos and 24 hour action in Nevada. "

Heavenly Ski Holidays

Heavenly at Lake Tahoe is a ski holiday destination like no other. Heavenly mountain has a laid back Californian vibe with spectacular views over Lake Tahoe on one side and the Nevada desert on the other.

It doesn't just snow at Heavenly, it dumps and when the skies clear, the sun appears for another bluebird day. Heavenly has some incredible tree skiing plus lots of snow packed cruisers plus for experts there's Mott Canyon, Killebrew Canyon and the Gunbarrel - a mogul run that will have you screaming for mercy.

South Lake Tahoe is the 'town' at the bottom of Heavenly ski resort and it straddles the California/Nevada border.

On the Californian side the pace is slower but the same can't be said for the Nevada side where the 24 hour casino hotels dominate the skyline. Heavenly doesn't take itself too seriously, the views are to die for, the skiing is superb and there's apres-ski like nowhere else on earth. We highly recommend it!

Skiing in Heavenly

Whether you stay in the California side of town or the Nevada side of town, it's a fairly easy scoot, on foot, to the new high-speed gondola in the centre of town. Residents at the Lakeland Village will need to catch a free shuttle to the bottom of the gondola, which runs frequently and takes only a few minutes.

Once up above the village the mountain opens up into several faces of mainly intermediate terrain, 45% of the ski area is devoted to those of moderate to good ability. The cream of the crop are: 'Liz's' a long tribute to cruising, 'The Big Dipper' with it's wide arc and curling tail and of course 'The Olympic Downhill'. The views on the front face are staggering, looking out over the famous Lake Tahoe - every publicity shot of Heavenly features the crystal blue lake and we are no exception. It's impossible to tire of this serene landscape.

If you find the view of the lake a distraction from the serious pursuit of alpine fulfilment and your skills could do with a bit more testing, then head off to the left from the 'Dipper Express' chair. Traverse right across the bowl and choose a gate, there are about eight to choose from, each will take you into terrain with a distinct edge, 'Mott Canyon' is only one of many worth a spin.

We offer a full range of discounted Heavenly lift tickets, ski & snowboard rentals and snow school lessons and we always recommend you book early for our very best prices.

Important information
Season End November–End April
Ski Area 4800 acres
Annual Snowfall 30ft
Number of Lifts 28
Ski Range 6,540–10,067ft
Ski Shuttle Free around South Lake Tahoe to the slopes and accommodation. Small charge to other ski areas.
Blue Runs 20%
Red Runs 45%
Black Runs 35%
Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May
Off-season Off-season Off-season Off-season Off-season On-season On-season On-season On-season On-season On-season Off-season
Snow report
Sun/cloud -1°C
Partly cloudy, some sunny spells
13cm Last snowfall
Piste conditions
The best conditions can be found on the upper slopes
7/28 Lifts open
Best up high
Runs to resort:
53/257cm Lower/upper snow depth
Last snowed:
17th Apr
Report date:
19th Apr
Distance from airports
Reno 75mins
San Francisco 4hrs