Signpost: My Blue Heaven

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Heavenly 4,800 skiable acres; 3,500 vertical feet; summit elevation 10,067 feet; 360 annual inches; 29 lifts. Tickets: $59 ('02—'03 price).

Lodging

Marriott's Grand Residence Club has luxurious condos and an in-house spa. Two-bedroom units start at $270 per night; 800-845-5279; grandresidenceclub.com. Lake Tahoe Accommodations rents condos and homes, starting at $210 for a one-bedroom condo; 800-544-3234; tahoeaccommodations.com.

Dining

A short walk from the village is Echo Restaurant and Lounge, where award-winning chef Roy Choi serves creative gourmet dishes; 530-544-5400 ext. 2140. The new Fire+Ice restaurant in Marriott's Timber Lodge features a buffet barbecue at $8 for lunch or $17 for dinner; 530-542-6650.

Apres-Ski

Pub Tahoe, across the street from the village, features grog and live music; 530-542-4435. The Brewery at Lake Tahoe, west of Stateline on Highway 50, is South Shore's only microbrewery; 530-544-2739.

Don't miss

A winter cruise on the lake to Emerald Bay. The M.S. Dixie, a Mississippi River paddlewheel boat replica, makes two-hour voyages year-round; 800-238-2463; laketahoecruises.com.

Getting There

Heavenly is 90 minutes from the Reno/Tahoe International Airport in Nevada and a three-and-a-half-hour drive east of San Francisco on Highway 50.Information 800-243-2836; skiheavenly.com