Spectacular Lake Tahoe is an incredible experience no matter what time of year you visit or what section of the lake you end up at. But, for amenities like unbeatable alpine skiing, impressive championship golf, non-stop events, world-class nightlife and good old-fashioned, Nevada-style gaming, South Lake Tahoe is the way to go.
The community of Stateline, is just that, a burb that straddles the Nevada-California border. While North Lake Tahoe is on more of a laid back, take it as it comes sort of pace, Stateline is full of action and in full Nevada-style swing. 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 websites in the world.
While most areas adjacent to Big Blue offer boundless recreational bliss, South Lake Tahoe in particular kicks it up a notch with 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 dynamic vertical drop is 3,600 feet—both of which are found at Heavenly Mountain Resort. Arguably the main attraction in South Lake, Heavenly is the biggest resort in all of Tahoe and is home to some of the wildest terrain in the west. Black diamonds with seemingly endless curves, tons of fresh powder, experts-only terrain parks, 30 lifts and an unbelievable après-ski atmosphere make Heavenly the place to plant your skis.
During the summer months, take advantage of the panoramic views Tahoe is known for with a ride in the gondola, or take a leisurely stroll through the Heavenly Village. Located one-half block west of the California/Nevada Stateline, the Heavenly Gondola is a mere step from most lodging and puts the serenity of an alpine mountain within minutes of six casinos and nearly 5,000 hotel rooms. These eight-passenger cabins take guests 2.4 miles up the mountain in just 12 minutes while they enjoy unmatched views of Lake Tahoe. Just when it seems like the ride couldn't get any better, guests arrive at The Deck—a 14,000 square foot mid-station observation platform. Sitting at 9,123 feet, guests are treated to views of the Carson Valley, Desolation Wilderness and shore-to-shore views of Lake Tahoe. On the descent, check out Heavenly Village for a good solid retail fix. Filled with tons of shops, mouth-watering restaurants and entertainment options like a miniature golf course and ice-skating rink, its safe to say Heavenly Village is designed to compliment the traditional Tahoe atmosphere but is accented with a European flair.
With South Lake Tahoe as a central hub to this popular tourist destination, visitors can partake in the full casino resort experience with innumerable gaming and nightlife options to keep you busy into the wee hours of the night. South Lake Tahoe is home to Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Harvey’s Resort & Casino, Horizon Casino Resort, Lakeside Inn & Casino and Montbleu Resort Casino & Spa, meaning there is no shortage of slots, tables and 24-hour nightlife. 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. This stunning green is known for both its remarkable beauty and challenging nature—a definite must-play for any lover of the game. There are more than 50 championship courses to be played, all within an hour’s drive from South Lake. And did we mention the lake? The crystal clear water just begs to be enjoyed, and South Lake Tahoe’s beaches are as picturesque and inviting as can be. No matter what brings you to South Shore, you cant just a chance to soak up the view.