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“A big ski adventure” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Heavenly Mountain Resort

Heavenly Mountain Resort
3860 Saddle Road, CA 96150
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Type: Ski/ Snowboard Areas, Sports
Activities: Skiing, Dining
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Owner description: Overlooking the sapphire-blue waters of Lake Tahoe, Heavenly is one of the most unique snowsports destinations on the planet. With more terrain variety, more hidden glades, more rippin’ groomers than any Lake Tahoe resort, you've got plenty of decisions to make.
Exeter, United Kingdom
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“A big ski adventure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

It does exactly what is says on the tin. The area is great for skiers and boarders/riders. There is terrain for all types and everyone should enjoy themselves.

Visited March 2013
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Lubbock, Texas
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“Nothing much better if the snow is good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

As above, we have been for New Years when we could not even ski due to lack of snow and we have had one year that we couldn't ski due to too much snow. Everything was shut down that year. Overall, great skiing when we get to hit the slopes.

Visited January 2013
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“Heavenly Skiing Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

The mountain is huge and diverse. You can traverse between the Nevada and California side of the mountains or you can catch the free shuttle that goes between the two lodge bases. They go every 20 to 30 minutes and take about 10 minutes. If you are an intermediate and higher, you can easily ski or traverse between the two sides of the mountains easily in one day. It takes 20 minutes from the base of the Heavenly Gondola base on the Nevada side (about 1000 yards from Harrahs Casino) to get to the Base of the runs where the Tamarack Lodge is located. From the Tamarack Lodge you take the Tamarack Express Chair up to ski down to the California side or stay on the Nevada runs. There are plenty of blue runs on the Nevada side. My favorites are the 2.5 mile Olympic Express that takes you to Stagecoach Lodge, an easy blue Orion, Big Dipper and Comet. For some of the lake scenery while skiing, you have to do the blue runs called Ridge Run over at the Cal side. A the top of Dipper Express, Tamarack Express, and the California Run, you will find some magnificent views. Food wise, as everyone said, be prepared to fork out or bring packed lunch or meals. The food is gourmet food court, good, tasty and pricey. be prepared to spend $22 a person for a sandwich or salad, fries, and a beverage. The choices run the gamut of pizza, pasta, burgers, pulled pork sandwich, bbq chicken to salad bars or pre made salads. Choices are better at the Tamarack Lodge but the outdoor seating at East Peak Lodge is fun. There are lockers at the base of the Gondola, at the top of the Gondola(where you get off), and at the base of Stagecoach Lodge and California Lodge as well. They run $7 to $9 a day, all day, unlimited access, from 9 am to 5 pm ( weekend hours start at 830). Powder Ski Rental Shops and Heavenly Ski rental shops are two biggest ski rental and retail chain in the area, both of which have rental shops right next to the Heavenly Gondola on the stateline. Powder ski opens till 9 at night ( can be an advantage for late night arrivers) but both open by 8 am everyday. Powder rentals appear to be slightly cheaper than Heavenly but Heavenly is connected to the ski school, and offers ski lesson packages for all levels, and they valet your skis and boots overnight for free.

The week i was there in mid March, the conditions were mostly powder packed (a couple days after a small snowfall the night before) with spotty areas of hard packed and slush (kicked up) in the afternoons. The blue runs are mostly wide and very nicely groomed in the morning. There was no line for most of the chairs, even on weekends. It is a well run operation.

All in all, the Heavenly is a must do for those who love a combination of scenery, photography, skiing, the lakes, good food, good skiing experience. Its not cheap; go, have fun, be prepared to spend but dont winge at the prices. If you dont care for scenery, good food and a well run place. And just wanna do as many runs as possible, go somewhere else cheaper. Heavenly staff are a mixed bag; some are super super nice and knowledgeable, and others appear clueless. They do need to do something about training their staff. Some even have attitudes. Oh boy, they should not be in the tourism industry. The ski instructors are also a mixed bag; Roy Ranne ( a certified level 3) is very good but there are others who are not. Overall, it was a great experience and i would do it again when the weather conditions are nicer. They didnt get a lot of snow or cold days te last two years, hopefully that changes. The ski with the park rangers tour for an hour is informational and recommended if you have time.

Visited March 2013
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Texas, United States
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“Seriously it was Heavenly!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

My daughter and I spent the weekend here in December and it was beautiful. We flew into Reno and took the shuttle bus to Tahoe and am very glad I didn't rent a car as the road over the mountain was very icy and being from Houston I wouldn't have a clue how to drive on it, and we saw one accident happen in Tahoe with one car just sliding right into another even though they were driving slow. The first day we took a private lesson and our guide was great (again we are from Texas so skiing is something we only get to do once a year at the most) refreshing the basics with us before heading to do some runs. The weather was perfect while we were there, around 24 degrees with lots of snow.The second day we set out on our own and it was perfect. Since we are beginners, we only saw a tiny portion of the runs available and I imagine real skiers would be delighted with the selection. I wish I could have spent a couple more days there; the resort is lovely and the town is quaint. Note, the shuttles are kind of difficult to navigate and seem slow when you are waiting outside in the cold, we ended up calling taxis and were much happier.

Visited December 2012
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New Jersey
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“Lots of runs but...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

We spent a week at Heavenly in March. The snow was NOT the greatest--it was too warm. There were lots of trails that we could take since neither of us are beginners and it was easy to move from one mountain to another and the views were spectacular. The photographers were good on the days we could find them! (Not around on Monday or Wed when it stormed.) Bathrooms were well maintained and we knew to bring our own lunches cause all mountain restaurants are too expensive!

BUT--we had a major snow storm one day and the lift attendants became non-existent. No one was sweeping the chair lift before we sat down, no one checking at least a little to see that people knew what they were doing with the cold/wind. We had several similar days at Breckenridge and they were much more attentive in Colorado.

As we were leaving the resort, we decided we wanted to check out the tramway from the California Lodge since we had skied mostly on the Nevada side--snow was better. BUT--we were not allowed to ride the tramway as "sightseers". Had we brought our boots and skis, we could have gone up but, despite our season pass, we could not ride up for the view and come back down. Since that was our LAST impression of Heavenly (no, no ride--it's our policy), it really did leave a bad taste for me and, unless we go back to visit family, I will not return to Heavenly.

Visited March 2013
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