Member Rating 3 out of 5 by rufusni on November 7, 2012

We had a bit of time to unwind at Lake Tahoe, with no serious plans, not even any plans to hike. So we had a leisurely start as the gondala to Heavenly only starts at 10am. There were a few people waiting like us for the ticket office to open.

We got on to one of the cable car which seats about six people and started the ascent up, and the views were incredible as we climbed up the mountain side. There is an observation deck part way up, but you can only get off here on the way up. So we got out of the car, and made our way to the view points.It was worth being some of the first up, as we got to enjoy some peace and quiet before the crowds started to build on the observation deck. Wow! the views over the lake were magnificient.The lake was beautiful deep blues and turquoise. It should be noted that when you reach the top you can't see the lake so well. We spent some time taking photos. There is a small cafe, so we bought some nice coffees - a nice latte which I sipped as we sat and enjoyed the view. We watched an eagle find a thermal and rise higher and higher with ease. It was a nice relaxing morning. We used the restroom facilities which were clean and fairly pleasant.

We jumped back onto a gondola car to carry climbing to the main part of the resort, reaching 9136 ft. Having reached here there is a restaurant but it didn't look appealling and seemed a bit expensive. Here there are no views of the lake. There are options to go up further on a chair lift, but we couldn't justify spending anymore money for a ticket.

We decided that we would go for a short hike and stretch our legs. We headed to Stagecoach Lookout, which gave some nice views of the lake. We started to walk back, and it proved tougher than we expected due to the altitude, it was a little bit tiring, and we were glad to head down on the gondola and head to the lake, enjoy the sun and a quick dip in the cold water of the lake.

This is a pricey morning, the tickets were not cheap, and you'll only get a few hours of 'entertainment' from it. I did enjoy it, but I'm not sure that the price is worth it. Its dear. The views were great but there are as nice views from the lake side. So I'm not sure I'd repeat the experience.
Heavenly Ski Resort
988 Stateline Avenue
South Lake Tahoe, California
(775) 586-7000

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