Between the fantastic snow, beautiful Lake Tahoe, and the incredible mountains, Heavenly Ski Resort is a perfect slice of California’s world famous wilderness. The only problem is that there’s so much of it.
Trying to see everything Heavenly has to offer is like trying to eat an elephant, the only way you can do it is one bite sized piece at a time. Fortunately for you, that’s exactly what we’ve listed below. Keep reading for the basic information you need to know before your first visit to Heavenly!
The Biggest, Highest, and Tallest Mountain in Lake Tahoe
Get tired of the seeing the same scenery and trails over and over again? That won’t be a problem at Heavenly.
Based on size alone Heavenly has the claim to the largest ski resort in the Lake Tahoe area with 4,800 of skiable acres, but it’s also the tallest and highest mountain in the Lake Tahoe area as well. Wondering what the difference between the tallest and the highest mountain is? Heavenly’s summit elevation of 10,067’ is the highest peak in the area, but the 3,500 feet from the base to the summit is also the most of any mountain in the Lake Tahoe area, making Heavenly the tallest mountain as well.
You’ll find groomers, double blacks, and just about every other type of terrain imaginable at Heavenly, but that doesn’t mean that this mountain lacks beginner friendly runs either. In fact, nearly half of Heavenly’s terrain is rated for beginner and intermediate skiing. Just look at Heavenly’s trail map and you’ll see a ton of long blue runs in the middle of the mountain. Not only do these mean that beginner and intermediate riders have an incredible amount of choices on where they ride, but thanks to Heavenly’s large vertical elevation these runs are long enough to leave even the best athlete’s legs burning.
Expect Sunny Skies and Plenty of Snow
Just because Heavenly is located in the mountains doesn’t mean that California’s famous sunshine doesn’t fall here too. In fact, Heavenly gets over 300 days of sunshine every year and remains dry during the summer. When winter rolls around though, the temperatures average around freezing and precipitation picks up in the form of serious snowfall. In fact, Heavenly averages 360 inches of snow every winter in between all that sunshine.
The Mountain is Part California, Part Las Vegas
One of the most unique features of Heavenly is the fact that its boundaries run over the border of California and Nevada, meaning you can ride in California and Nevada not just in the same day, but within the same hour.
Watch out for Traverses Between California and Nevada
If you’re a snowboarder, or even a skier who doesn’t enjoy pushing themselves, then watch out for the long trails that traverse the areas between the California and Nevada sides of Heavenly’s boundaries. These runs are excellent for moving across the mountain, but they’re also flat. Unless you keep enough speed to reach where they turn downhill, you will have to push yourself to get to the end of the trail.