Tahoe is Heavenly (and more)

I love skiing. I love the outdoors. I like gambling. The Lake Tahoe/Reno region offers all three.

Tahoe is Heavenly (and more)

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by Sierra on April 28, 2004

The day I first skied Heavenly started out overcast with flurries. I bundled up and resigned myself to a cold day on the mountain. After riding the high-speed chair to the top, I skied a little way down the mountain. Pausing to review my trail map, I looked up just as the clouds split and sunlight spilled down upon Lake Tahoe, making it gleam like a jewel. Without a doubt, Heavenly has some of the best views of any ski mountain.

Tahoe is a great place to base yourself for an outdoors vacation. There's hiking, skiing, boating. Tahoe is only a few hours away from Yosemite National Park (note, eastern access to the park is generally closed due to snow in the winter months) and Lake Mono. Gambling is available in Reno as well as Stateline, NV (Nevada's border town next to South Lake Tahoe).

${QuickSuggestions} Fly into Reno, NV, and rent a car - due to the high volume of skiers, it's easy to get one with a ski rack.

Most hotels and some of the casinos in the Lake Tahoe CA/Stateline NV area offer package deals. Be sure to look both online and to ask via phone about package deals, then compare the cost to getting lodging and ski tickets separately.

If you're staying in one of the casino hotels but not interested in skiing, be sure to check if they have any other packages available, and don't forget to sign up for casino "player" cards, which often entitle you to freebies or discounts.

Lake Tahoe is at a base elevation of 6,200 feet and the surrounding mountains soar to nearly 11,000 feet. If you live in lower elevations, be prepared to take it easy your first day in town, as the drastic change in elevation will likely challenge your breathing and may give you an altitude headache. Be sure to carry water with you, and use sunscreen - the sun's rays are stronger in the higher elevations.

A good place to start your trip is at http://www.laketahoe.com/

${BestWay} There is limited bus service in the area; it's easiest to rent a car.

The Inn at Heavenly

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Sierra on July 7, 2004

I love Lake Tahoe and wanted a place to stay that was a bit more cozy and interesting than one of the casino hotels. After searching through bedandbreakfast.com, I found a place that got my interest - Inn At Heavenly. The Inn at Heavenly is a cluster of log cabins set on 2 acres on Ski Run Boulevard, which is one of the main ways to get up to Heavenly ski area. It is readily handy to both the slopes and to the nightlife that Stateline has to offer. They offer five private cabins - some with private hot tubs ($165 to $385+/night) and 14 rooms ($135 to $175+/night), all decorated in mountain themes with river rock gas fireplaces, as well as kitchenettes with a microwave, refrigerator, and coffeemaker; cable TV and VCRs are available in all rooms as well, with free video use. They offer a 10% discount to AAA members, senior citizens, and AARP members, but they do also occasionally offer good package deals, such as ski or golf packages. The Inn at Heavenly is also dog-friendly, not only having its own resident pooch, but welcoming yours as well!

I'd arrived in the evening, driving from Reno in minor snow squalls. The Inn looked so warm and inviting as I pulled into the parking lot that I could not wait to get to my room. The staff was very welcoming, letting me know that breakfast was served in the Gathering Room in the morning and about the policies for the spa room.

I had chosen the "Bears Den" room, and I was happy I had - it had a king-size bed and fireplace, with a bear theme throughout - there are even stone bear paw marks in the fireplace design. The bed was wonderfully comfortable and the room cozy and romantic. In the morning, it was very relaxing to join other guests in the Gathering Room for breakfast. And best of all was, after a long day of skiing, to come back to have a reserved hour in the spa room (no extra charge) to use the whirlpool, sauna, and steam bath, and to enjoy the wine happy hour in the Gathering Room.

I definitely look forward to staying at the Inn at Heavenly again, when my travels are fortuitous enough to bring me back to Tahoe!

Heavenly Valley Lodge
1261 Ski Run Blvd.
South Lake Tahoe, California, 96150
(530) 544-4244


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