The Gondola at Heavenly

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by thecopes on May 1, 2002

For my money, this is the most spectacular attraction in Lake Tahoe. The price may seem a little steep at first, but we found discount coupons were readily available and even without them, it's well worth the fare.

The comfortable gondolas start out at the new Marriott resort (under construction) and proceed up the mountain offering you incredible views of Lake Tahoe. Half way up (9123 feet elevation), you can get out at Malcolm's deck which provides you with "views of the Carson Valley to the east, and Desolation Wilderness to the west…not to mention, jaw-dropping shore-to-shore views of Lake Tahoe," to quote the Heavenly web-site.

Continue on up to the summit for excellent hiking and more views of the territory from the backside of the mountain. Advice: bring plenty of water if you plan to do any hiking at the summit. In the summer, it's dry, dusty, and hot! There is only a very small souvenir desk at the observation deck and a refreshment cart at the summit and their beverage selection is very limited.

This is one attraction that should not be missed!!

Note: I just read on the Heavenly web-site that the Gondola is going to be closed for maintenance from May 13 through May 24. Bummer.

Heavenly Ski Resort
988 Stateline Avenue
South Lake Tahoe, California
(775) 586-7000

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