Heavenly Ski Area in Tahoe California/Nevada (US)

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Heavenly at Lake Tahoe with view of the lake

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Heavenly Mountain Summary:

Base: 6,540 ft (CA)
  7,200 ft (NV)
Summit: 10,067 ft
Vertical: 3,500 ft
Ski area: 4,800 acres
Trails: 94
Lifts: 30
Trams: 1
Gondolas: 1
Six Pack Chairs: 2
Quad Chairs: 8
Triple Chairs: 5
Double Chairs: 3
Terrain parks: 5
Snowfall: 360"


Beginner: 20%
Intermediate: 45%
Advanced/Expert: 35%

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Heavenly Weather:

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Heavenly Ski Resort at Tahoe Description:
View Of Lake Tahoe

The views here are indeed heavenly. From the peak of the lifts and from many trails, the view of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains is spectacular. The Heavenly ski area is located along the south shore of Lake Tahoe and presents to you a view northward along the length of the lake with the surrounding mountains located snugly along its shore. It also sits on the California Nevada border and many times you will find yourself crossing the state line.

This ski resort has easy scenic beginner green runs to very extreme and challenging chutes. Heavenly is a large destination resort with something for everyone.

Heavenly Mountain Terrain:

Beginners and Intermediates:

There is an abundance of beginner and intermediate terrain, much of it with a view of Lake Tahoe. Heavenly has two magic carpet lifts for the tots and ultra beginners.

Beginner ski run

Beginner ski run

Beginner ski run

Note that the view from the Nevada side is of a parched basin.

Advanced Terrain:

The advanced double black diamond chutes and slopes are accessible from gated entrances with lots of warning signs in "Mott" and "Killebrew" canyons (left side of trail map).

Mott Canyon

The entrance to Mott Canyon is well marked.

Advanced terrain

Advanced terrain

Tree Runs:

Tree runs

Lots of freshies in the trees


As with any resort with advanced skiers and a steep incline, moguls will form - lots of them

Heavenly moguls run

Looking down "Gunbarrel" to the California Lodge.

Heavenly moguls run

Heavenly moguls run

Heavenly Terrain Parks:

While Heavenly is not known for its terrain parks, it is supportive of boarders and has your typical park features like rails, table tops and jumps. There are five terrain parks to support different skill levels:

  • High Roller Park: more advanced. Accessible from Canyon Express lift.
    Expert level with large jumps
  • Ante Up: under the Tamarack Express lift (photos shown below).
    Intermediate level
  • Players Park: off of Canyon Express lift
    Intermediate level
  • Groove Park: top of Groove chair lift
    Beginner/Intermediate level
  • Progression Park: on "Easy Street" run
    Beginner level

Heavenly Mountain: Terrain park rails

"Ante Up" terrain park

Heavenly Mountain: Terrain park rails

Village & Shopping:

South Lake Tahoe offers the best shopping in the area.

Shopping in South Lake Tahoe

Shopping in South Lake Tahoe


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