Resort guide to Heavenly - USA

Unforgetable views across Lake Tahoe in one direction and the Nevada Desert in the other

Heavenly resort guide - a general overview

Ski holidays in Heavenly are pretty unique in many ways. From the highest skiing point at just over 3,000 metres the views are fairly spectacular, the strikingly blue waters of Lake Tahoe in one direction and the brown, flat and endless wasteland of Nevada Desert in the other. The town of South Lake Tahoe is also unique. Straddling both California and Nevada the town is split down the middle by the State line so that on the Nevada side there are massive high-rise gambling hotels with lots of glitz (if not glamour) and on the more conservative Californian side of town (where State laws prohibit gambling) there are hardly any buildings of more than two stories. Sure - the scenery is lovely here but the town is, to be fair, pretty nasty. Short of gambling there is surprisingly little nightlife and the centre although it looks lively offers little for non-skiers. The new largely pedestrian village built at the bottom of the new Heavenly gondola is the place to stay and offers some apres ski scene. However, it is small and a little limiting. The skiing at Heavenly is certainly good, catering largely for the intermediate skier and boarder. Snowfalls here can be huge and there is some excellent tree skiing and lengthy bump runs for experts seeking a challenge.


South lake tahoe
20 minutes
1hr 15mins
San francisco
3hr 30mins

Resort stats

4800 acres

1,995m - 3,070m

Level of skiing

Snow sure
Ski area


Charm factor
Resort layout
Fine dining
Short transfer
Resort value


  • A variety of slopes catering for all levels of Skiers and Snowboarders
  • Good snow record as well as investment in snow making to cover almost all areas
  • Amazing views of Lake Tahoe and Nevada
  • Excellent terrain park and lots of investment in top-line lifts
  • Easily accessible from other nearby resorts


  • Accommodation is all a bit messy and isn't very charming or picturesque
  • Weather dependent - lifts can be closed due to high winds
  • A number of flat spots getting to & from lifts
  • Little traditional apres ski

Heavenly Resort Restaurants

There is a big choice of restaurants offering pizza and pasta, steaks and grills, American, Mexican, English and Irish plus plenty more. If you are feeling hungry make a visit to one of the casino hotels as they offer all you can eat buffets and are great value. The Summit restaurant at Harrah's delivers a tasty menu and is really a restaurant you should visit while here, as it has been voted as one of the top 100 restaurants in the USA. If you fancy more of a budget meal then try the Mott Canyon Tavern Grill.

Heavenly Mountain Restaurants

In Heavenly there are about 10 mountain restaurants. Most of them serve items such as salads, hot dogs, burgers, sandwiches and pizzas. There is a table service at the Lake View Lodge at the top of the tram from California Lodge. It is recommended to make a booking here though. Cafe Blue is by the first step of the Gondola and has lovely views. The Lakeview Lodge gives all away in its name.

Heavenly Apres Ski

There are plenty of bars to stop in for some apres. Fire and Ice is right at the base of the Gondola and has fire pits on the deck. Blue Moon is another good apres destination. There us often live music at Mulligans, which is an Irish pub.

Heavenly Nightlife

On the Nevada side then there is plenty of entertainment with casino after casinos, jazz clubs and bars. This is also the time to try do a bit a celebrity spotting! For dancing a couple of venues to go to are Altitude at Harrahs and Club Nero at Caesar's. There is an authentic paddleboat steamer, which takes you for an evening of dinner and dancing across the lake. In Nevada bars will stay open 24 hours a day, but in California they will close at about 1.00 am.

Heavenly Resort Map

  • Funicular Funicular
  • Cable car Cable Car
  • Gondola Gondola
  • Chair lift Chair lift
  • Drag lift Drag lift
  • Map marker Property
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