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The slopes

  • Extent 3 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 4 out of 5
  • Snow 4 out of 5
  • Queues 4 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 5 out of 5
  • Expert 3 out of 5
  • Intermediate 4 out of 5
  • Beginner 4 out of 5
  • Boarder 4 out of 5
  • X-country 2 out of 5
  • Restaurants 1 out of 5
  • Schools 4 out of 5
  • Families 2 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 1 out of 5
  • Convenience 1 out of 5
  • Scenery 4 out of 5
  • Eating out 4 out of 5
  • Apres ski 3 out of 5
  • Off-slope 3 out of 5

Piste maps

Key facts covers:

Key facts

Resort1900 m
Slopes2000-3060 m
Lifts29
Pistes4800 acres
Price index180

Heavenly

USA

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The upside

  • Spectacular views of Lake Tahoe and the Nevada ‘desert’ from slopes
  • Fair-sized mountain that offers a sensation of travelling around
  • Large areas of widely spaced trees – fabulous in fresh powder
  • Some serious challenges for experts
  • Other worthwhile resorts reachable
  • Good snowmaking facilities
  • Unique nightlife in town at base

The downside

  • If natural snow is poor, most of the challenging terrain may be closed
  • Town at base, South Lake Tahoe, is a messy, traffic-ridden place
  • No trail back to central SLT
  • Lifts vulnerable to wind closure
  • Pronounced step from easy groomed blues to mogulled blacks
  • Mountain restaurants dire
  • Very little traditional après-ski

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It was 10 years since I last went to Lake Tahoe and…

Andrew Wise 27 Jan 2016 

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Summary

With a top height of 3060m and vertical of 1060m, Heavenly is the highest and biggest of the resorts around famously deep, pure and beautiful Lake Tahoe. It has the best lake views, too. But anyone drawn by the scenic setting is likely to be dismayed by the barren base town of South Lake Tahoe with its high-rise casinos, straddling busy US Highway 50. You could stay out of town, close to one of the other lift bases.
And the skiing? If your taste is for easy Alpine blacks or tough reds, just be sure you are ready to step up to ungroomed stuff (and hope that the snow is good enough) – you’ll find the blues tame.

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