Resort Guide 2018: West #30
“Heavenly was truly named for its views. Somehow, as you ride the lifts, all stress just melts away. The snow is amazing, there is a variety of terrain, and while it is pricey, it’s worth every penny for the experience.” - SKI Magazine Reader
Ski hard. Party harder. That’s the ethos of this South Shore resort that straddles the California-Nevada border. With a top elevation of 10,000 feet and 3,500 vertical, Heavenly offers options for skiers of all abilities across its 97 trails—plus three backcountry gates. Experts should hit the steep chutes of Mott and Killebrew Canyons. What separates Heavenly from other megaresorts, however, is its location near America’s largest alpine lake, a natural wonder of clarity and dazzling blue. The Nevada casinos provide a Vegas-style spectacle that is unique in ski country, and they offer entertainment ranging from bands to standup comedy to nightclubs pulsing with EDM. Heavenly embraces its reputation as a 24-hour party place and keeps the energy high with music at locations across the mountains. Heavenly ranks well for Scenery, Off-Hill Activities, and Après, with poor marks for Challenge, Terrain Variety, Value, and Snow. “Don’t crash into something while you are staring at the lake,” offers one reader. Good advice. And bring some aspirin for that hangover.
Start your morning with a deep-fried glaze at Heavenly Donuts near the gondola base in Heavenly Village.
The Unbuckle après party at Tamarack Lodge is an eyeful and earful of DJ’d music and scantily clad dancers.