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“Million dollar view” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Gondola at Heavenly

The Gondola at Heavenly
Ski Run Blvd., Heavenly Ski Resort, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
775-586-7000
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Owner description: Hop aboard an 8-passenger glass cabin and be whisked 2.4 miles up the side of a mountain for breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Riders can hop off at an observation deck, located half way up, for even more spectacular sights.
La Quinta, California
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“Million dollar view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

For those who have not been to Heavenly, this is one way to get on the mountain. Convenient location in South Lake Tahoe to get up on the mountain. The views going up the mountain are spectacular! I have skied all over the world and the view of Lake Tahoe riding up the gondola is my favorite. Make sure you are facing backwards on the way up and frontwards on the way down to get the view.

Visited December 2013
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“Fabulous...but expensive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Taking a ride on the gondola to get to the Heavenly Valley ski area was breathtaking. The views of Lake Tahoe from the gondola were magnificent. There's also a stop at the observation deck should one decide get off and take photos. From there it's about a 3 minute ride to the slopes. The entire ride from the city level to the slopes is about 10 minutes. However, I found the cost to be a bit pricey. For a senior, like myself, the price for the ticket was $37.00 for one journey only, coming and going. For a family with two or more children this would be very costly. The Tamarack Lodge has good food for purchase but bring lots of cash as it's quite expensive!!

Visited December 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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“Extremely overpriced, helpful employees”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

The Gondola is one of the biggest rip-offs in Lake Tahoe during ski season. It is the only way to get to the top of Heavenly. It's about a five minute ride to the top. The tickets cost $109 per person for adults and close to $60 for kids. Our child does not ski and did NOT need lift tickets so we asked if we could just buy Gondola tickets for him. The response was "no." We had to pay for both the lift tickets and the Gondola tickets for a five minute ride.

It is an enormous rip-off and feels like you're in a third world bazaar getting ripped off just because they can rip you off.

On the plus side, the employees who work the Gondolas are very nice, friendly and extremely helpful. The views from the Gondola are also magnificent. But the rip-off aspect of it is just unbelievable and ruins the entire experience.

Visited January 2014
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Biloxi, Mississippi
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“Want to go back!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

We love this place. The view is spectacular. Very clean and well managed. It's time to go back and we are Ready!

Visited February 2013
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“NOT FOR A DATE”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014 via mobile

Want a romantic day? SKIP THIS. 90 for two people up and down... And you get to sit with a load of strangers and maybe with your back to the views. Not even a single shop open to get anything to eat or drink once you get to the halfway point. NEVER EVER AGAIN.

Visited January 2014
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