Heavenly Mountain Resort Fast Facts

The Mountain
Winter Hours of Operations (PST)           
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends and holidays
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays
Base Elevation
6,540 feet / 1,993 m - California   
7,200 feet / 2,195 m - Nevada
Summit Elevation: 10,067 feet / 3,068 m
Vertical Rise:3,500 feet / 1,067 m
Snowmaking: 73% of mountain trails
Average Annual Snowfall, Summit: 360 inches / 915 cm
Average Annual Snowfall, Lake-level: 125 inches / 318m
Total Acreage: 4,800 acres / 1,942 hectares (California’s largest resort)
Longest Mountain Descent: 5 miles / 8km
Trails: 97

Trail Classification:                                     
Expert/Advanced: 35%   
Intermediate: 45%   
Beginner: 20%   
Total: 28 (14 lifts in California & 14 lifts in Nevada)
1          Gondola (eight-passengers per cabin)
1          Aerial Tram (50 passengers per cabin, 2 cabins)
2          High-speed Six Passenger Lifts
7          High-speed Quads
1          Fixed grip Quad
5          Triple Chairs
3          Double Chairs
3          Surface Lifts
5          Magic Carpets

Total Uphill Capacity/Hour 52,000
Heavenly’s Adventure Peak Activities
Spider Climber
Rock Climbing wall
Zip lining
Ropes Courses
Canopy Tour
Average of more than 300 days of sunshine per year
  • Average Winter Temperatures:
    • Daytime: 7.2 degrees C
    • Nighttime: < -1 degrees C
  • Average Summer Temperatures:
    • Daytime: 24 degrees C
    • Nighttime: 7.2 degrees C
National Forest surrounding                 

El Dorado National Forest
Toiyabe / Humboldt National Forest        
Open space                                                
600,000 acres / 242,811 hectares
Getting to South Lake Tahoe
  • 1 hour drive from Reno-Tahoe International Airport, with more than 120 daily nonstop flights. Convenient express shuttle service from Reno is available multiple times per day from the South Tahoe Airporter. Also, New Door to Door shuttle service from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Lake Tahoe with Amador Stage Lines (800) 446-2928. 
  • 2 hour drive from Sacramento International Airport.
  • 3.5 hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Check road conditions with CalTrans.
Media Contacts:
Russell Carlton, 775.586.4451, rcarlton@vailresorts.com
Joanna McWilliams, 775.586.4461, jlmcwilliams@vailresorts.com
Susan Whitman, 530.562.8036, sswhitman@vailresorts.com
Kayla Elias, 530.562.3866, kelias@vailresorts.com
04 November 2016

Snowmaking to Begin at Best of Tahoe Resorts

Lake Tahoe experienced a 400 percent increase in average rainfall for the month of October according to the National Weather Service, culminating in “the second wettest October in recorded history.” The weather is setting up Tahoe’s most consistent and reliable snow surfaces for the rest of the season by soaking the bases at all three resorts. The October precipitation and cold temperatures, combined with recent snowfall, have created an incredible opportunity to begin snowmaking at Heavenly Mountain, Northstar California and Kirkwood Mountain Resort.