Standing out among Lake Tahoe’s selection of stunning ski resorts is no easy feat, but the truly heavenly Heavenly Mountain Ski Resort is no average hill. With 4,800 skiable acres accessed by 29 lifts, and more than 3,500 thrilling feet of vertical rise, you could ride Lake Tahoe’s biggest resort all season long and still blaze new tracks. The mammoth mountain is crisscrossed with nearly 100 trails, making for 34 miles of impeccably groomed, wide-open lanes. Heavenly tops out with a summit elevation of more than 10,000 feet, and with 80 percent of its runs designated intermediate, expert and advanced, it will challenge even the best skiers and boarders. Daredevils can scream down 1,600-foot drops into double black diamonds, dodge bullets in some of the most unbelievable tree skiing on the continent, and get busy on the 80-foot jumps in the High Roller Terrain Park, one of three at the resort.

And then there are the views. Heavenly more than earns its stripes with one of the most stunning lake views of any Lake Tahoe resort. Heavenly lift tickets also let you ski at Northstar and Kirkwood at no extra cost. The fun continues in summer: at the top of the Heavenly gondola, the resort has Adventure Peak, with three ropes courses and a 3,000-foot-long zip line. Those offerings are part of the resort’s new Epic Discovery program, a campaign designed to connect families and non-skiers with the national forests in active, fun, and engaging ways.

In keeping with its “wild child” of Vail Resorts image, Heavenly will be turning up the volume on its high-energy daily Unbuckle at Tamarack après-ski parties by extending the action to the outdoor deck at Tamarack Lodge, featuring the Heavenly Angels on Fridays and Saturdays and special guest DJ performances throughout the season. Heavenly Village, tucked at the base of the gondola, is mere steps from the bustling town of Stateline and its many hotels and casinos. Browse the shops and cafés in the Village, or stroll into Stateline for a five-star meal and a memorable night out at the clubs of MontBleu, Harvey’s and Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. Either way, it’s the perfect end to the day.

Check out new retail storefronts at The Chateau project adjacent to Heavenly Village on U.S. 50. This will greatly enhance the already popular shopping and dining options. The Landing Resort and Spa is the latest South Lake Tahoe motel to be transformed into a luxury boutique lakefront resort complete with marble bathrooms, gas fireplaces, and a Greek taverna. 

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Northwestern, Nevada