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Heavenly

Renowned for its views but chided for tough navigation across its 4,300 acres, Heavenly offers a wealth of terrain. “California Side” features intermediate trees and the legendarily steep moguls of The Face. “Nevada Side” is home to Mott and Killebrew canyons—double-black sidecountry terrain. Heavenly’s two-state format is an asset and a hindrance: “Getting to some runs requires a substantial amount of traversing,” complains one reader. Be advised that Heavenly rewards explorers who get off-piste. First-timers, take a guided tour to find stashes such as Nevada Woods and The Burn. Off mountain, casinos provide action 24/7. Indeed, Heavenly ranks no. 2 in Off-Hill Activities and no. 5 in Après. Part Vegas, part Vail, with a twist of scenic splendor, Heavenly’s a gamble for some but a sure bet for others. —Paul Tolme

Off-Mountain Restaurant » On the 19th floor of Harvey’s Casino, 19 Kitchen Bar’s panoramic lake views and blue Tahoe-tinis are just right.

Bragging Rights » Killebrew Canyon is the last terrain to open after a storm. Enter through Gate C to familiarize yourself, and get ready to make precise turns (no falling here).

What’s New» Three intermediate trails near the Galaxy lift expand the options in one of the resort’s quieter sections, a perfect place for families.

Freshies in Tahoe

Freshies in Tahoe
freshies tahoe
Try the famous fish tacos.

Summertime means the patio is open, and you can enjoy fresh fish tacos while enjoying the view. Hawaiin style ribs, organic meats and fresh salads round out the menu. Call (530) 542-3630 or visit FreshiesTahoe.com for more.

Evan's American Gourmet Cafe

A cozy, family-owned fine dining restaurant.

Nestled among towering pine trees, Evan’s has a home-y, cozy feeling. Try the grilled filet of beef with foie gras butter and syrah reduction, served with white cheddar gratin potatoes and broccolini. An extensive wine and dessert menu complete the gourmet experience. Call for reservations: 530-542-1990.

19 Kitchen and Bar

19 Kitchen and Bar
19 restaurant
This fine dining restaurant on the 19th floor of Harvey's offers exquisite American cuisine and spectacular lake views.

Stunning views of the lake and multi-course meals deliver a truly enjoyable fine dining experience. Try the Fresh Chilean Sea Bass with a delicious side of creamy Risotto. Call 775-586-6777 for reservations.

968 Park Hotel Spa

968 Park Hotel Spa
from $139 per room, per night
Described as a “rustic Zen Oasis,” 968 brings an entirely different experience to the table by being a truly green hotel. Not only do its operations hinge on energy efficiency (low-flow toilets, organic spa products, and organic linens), its very walls are eco-friendly, too. The building was created from 100% natural and sustainable materials, and uses recycled-paper wall coverings and energy-saving windows. It doesn’t hurt that the hotel also has a heated pool, Jacuzzi, and spa with a sauna. Oh, and the infamous casinos of Southern Nevada are nearby, too.

More Info: www.968parksparesort.com
This green spa will help you relax and unwind.

Receive a world-class massage from the specialists in the 968 Park Hotel spa (in a Leeds certified green building). Try the Skier Massage- for $100, you’ll get a head-to-toe treatment that focuses on sore areas and improves flexibility. Vegan and organic lotions, an indoor Jacuzzi, and dry sauna complete the experience. Book your service when you reserve your room, or call (877) 544-0968 to make a reservation; 968ParkHotel.com.

MontBleu Resort Casino

Like staying in Oceans Eleven.

On the South Shore’s Nevada side, 1.5 miles from Heavenly, this hotel, with its Ocean’s Eleven vibe, reopened in 2006 after extensive renovation. Guests can stroll from the white marble lobby to the elevators without scuttling past gaming tables, and rooms glam it up with pink marble baths. Après ski, test your luck in the casino, or rest your limbs at the indoor pool or Onsen Spa, which features Aveda products and treatments. Especially laudable is the hotel staff—both warm and professional.
Lake Tahoe, Nevada | 800.648.3353 | montbleuresort.com

Black Bear Inn

So alluring it appeared in TV’s The Bachelor.

Rustic elegance sums up the B&B one mile from Heavenly’s California base—so alluring it appeared in TV’s The Bachelor. With its 34-foot-river-rock fireplace and antler chandeliers, the inn recalls the grand lodges of the American West. There are five rooms and three cabins, all with gas fireplaces. Antiques add a historic perspective—from an 1886 piano to a chicken incubator reborn as a cocktail table. After a breakfast of salmon-and-dill omelets, you’ll be ready to shoot the chutes in Mott and Killebrew canyons.
Heavenly, California | 877.232.7466 | tahoeblackbear.com

Marriott Grand Residence Club

Lodging that pairs kid-friendliness with grown-up panache.

Finding lodgings that pair kid-friendliness with grown-up panache isn’t child’s play. The Marriott, a fractional-ownership property that functions like a hotel, pulls it off. It pleases all comers with its location next to the gondola and its Old Tahoe design (timber accented by native stone). Accommodations range from studios to three-bedroom penthouses, all with full kitchens and most with gas fireplaces. The cushiest quarters offer whirlpool tubs and window seats. Outside, a heated pool and hot tubs satisfy after a day on the slopes.

Nephele's

Nephele's
nepheles
Relax in a hot tub before dining.

Named after the greek goddess of epicurian delights, this intimate dining spot is located on Ski Run Boulevard, which is home to numerous other shops and restaurants. Heavenly is known for it’s wild nightlife, but relax in one of the neighboring motel’s hot tubs before dining- when the owner purchased the building for Nephele's, he also snapped up the motel next door. Call (530) 544-8130 for a reservation.

The Dam Café

The Dam Café
breakfast burritos
If you need a quick latte or bagel sandwich on your way to the ski hill, stop by the Dam Café.

If you need a quick latte or bagel sandwich on your way to the ski hill, stop by the Dam Café, which is located at the intersection in Tahoe City where skiers drive west to Alpine Meadows or Squaw, or south to Homewood or Heavenly. The breakfast burritos are some of the best in town and they whip up a tasty café latte. 55 W. Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City; (530) 581-0278

Naked Fish

Naked Fish

The owners at South Lake Tahoe's Naked Fish get their fish from a source that doesn't deliver to Tahoe—they have to drive 200 miles to pick it up. Some say it's the best quality fish you'll find on Lake Tahoe, so order off the Nigiri menu. Or, if you like cream cheese in your sushi, try the Sun Burn Roll, which is tempura fried and has spicy tuna, avocado, and cream cheese. They also have a lot of tasty and creative vegetarian rolls. The restaurant is located just a few blocks from the Nevada stateline, which means you can go play blackjack after a few glasses of of sake.

South Lake Tahoe's best sushi? The Naked Fish.

The owners at South Lake Tahoe's Naked Fish get their fish from a source that doesn't deliver to Tahoe—they have to drive 200 miles to pick it up. Some say it's the best quality fish you'll find on Lake Tahoe, so order off the Nigiri menu. Or, if you like cream cheese in your sushi, try the Sun Burn Roll, which is tempura fried and has spicy tuna, avocado, and cream cheese. The restaurant is located just a few blocks from the Nevada stateline, which means you can go play blackjack after a few glasses of sake
http://thenakedfish.com/

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