Cities

South Lake Tahoe

Spectacular Lake Tahoe is a stunning experience no matter what time of year or what end of the lake you visit. But for amenities like unbeatable alpine skiing, glorious championship golf, incredible events, world-class nightlife and good old-fashioned Nevada-style gaming, South Lake Tahoe is just the ticket.

The unincorporated town of Stateline on the Nevada side and the neighboring town of South Lake Tahoe on the California side serve as the central hub to this popular tourist destination. In fact, Lake Tahoe has enjoyed the distinction of being the nation’s number one booked ski destination on Orbitz.com, one of the biggest online travel Web sites in the world. And it’s certainly easy to see why. South Lake Tahoe, in particular, boasts more than 180 trails stretched across more than 8,800 skiable resort acres. The longest run at any of Tahoe’s 18 resorts measures a thrilling 5.5 miles, while the most dramatic vertical drop is 3,600 feet – and both can be found at South Lake’s very own Heavenly Mountain Resort. The biggest on the entire lake, Heavenly is home to some of the wildest terrain in the West. From mind-blowing black diamonds to seemingly endless cruisers, plus tons of fresh powder, experts-only terrain parks, 30 lifts and an unbelievable après-ski atmosphere in the Heavenly Village to top it all off, Heavenly is one impressive place to plant your skis. Other amenities at the Village include tons of shops, eateries and entertainment options like the eight-plex cinema, miniature golf course and ice skating rink, all designed to complement the traditional Tahoe atmosphere accented with a European village flair.

Located one-half block west of California & Nevada Stateline, the Heavenly Gondola is steps from most major lodging facilities, and puts the serenity of an alpine mountain within minutes of six casinos and nearly 5,000 hotel rooms. The eight-passenger cabins take guests 2.4 miles up the mountain in 12 minutes while they enjoy views of Lake Tahoe. Just when it seems the ride can't get any better, guests arrive at The Deck - a 14,000 square foot mid-station observation platform. Located at 9,123 feet, guests are treated to views of the Carson Valley, Desolation Wilderness and shore-to-shore views of Lake Tahoe.

Just steps away is Stateline, home to casinos like Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Harveys Resort & Casino, Horizon Casino Resort, Lakeside Inn & Casino and MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa. And that means there’s no shortage of slots, tables or 24-hour nightlife. Of course, there’s more to South Lake Tahoe than incredible ski resorts and casinos. Events are common around here, yet anything but routine. This year, the lake is hosting the Amgen Tour of California, the largest cycling event in the country, and south shore has the honor of serving as the overall start spot. For the golfer, there’s the one and only Edgewood Tahoe, a championship course ranked among the nation’s top 100 and annual host to the American Century Championship. The stunning golf course is known for both its remarkable beauty and its challenging nature, and is certainly a must-play for any lover of the game. There are 50 more championship courses waiting to be played, all within an hour’s drive. And did we mention the lake? The crystal clear water just begs to be enjoyed, and South Lake Tahoe’s beaches are as inviting as can be. No matter what brings you to south shore, you can’t miss a chance to soak up the view.