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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.

Fire + Ice

Fire + Ice
Fire + Ice
Partiers often start their nights out in South Lake Tahoe at Fire + Ice,

Partiers often start their nights out in South Lake Tahoe at Fire + Ice, a Mongolian grill-style restaurant located in the Heavenly village. Fill your bowl with ingredients like sirloin, shrimp, chicken, garlic, mushrooms, snow peas, and more, and then add sauce and hand it over to the grill master, who will cook your dinner on the spot.

Embassy Suites

 Embassy Suites
You gotta stay somewhere, right? Might as well make it the most accessible, the most comfortable, and the most pampered hotel stay you can afford. The Embassy Suites is more than you’d expect simply because it has a suite format – every room comes with a full living room, dining table, and mini bar which is separate from the bedroom. Go big with a king bed and you won’t regret being able to stretch out at the end of a very long day.

Why Go: It’s the most accessible and nicest hotel around. Within walking distance (i.e. one block) to the gondola, shops, a spa, a few bars, and of course, the casinos, you won’t need walking shoes, a jacket, or a car...meaning that the ladies can get by in their cutest outfits and not freeze.

Insider Tip: Check with their website for packages. You can add a $100 dining credit onto your room if you book a two-night stay.
Located stumbling distance from the bars, casinos, and the Heavenly gondola.

You’re headed to Tahoe to ski Heavenly or Kirkwood—and enjoy the nightlife that only the Nevada side of the lake can offer. So book a room at the Embassy Suites in South Lake Tahoe, right on the California-Nevada border. The entire hotel is built around a massive interior courtyard and they offer a free made-to-order breakfast each morning. You can walk to the Heavenly gondola to access the ski resort. You can also walk across the stateline to gamble in the casinos. Be sure to hit up the free cocktails and snacks in the lobby daily during après ski.

968 Park Hotel

968 Park Hotel
968 Park
The boutique 968 Park Hotel is one of Tahoe’s greenest.

The boutique 968 Park Hotel is one of Tahoe’s greenest: It’s LEED certified and was built using sustainable and recycled materials (even the mattresses are EPA-approved). Access the slopes at Heavenly via the downtown gondola or drive an hour to Kirkwood or Sierra-at-Tahoe. Afterward, book a deep tissue massage in the on-site spa or enjoy the outdoor pool with cabanas. [from $89; www.968parkhotel.com]

[ Fri, 2010-04-30 14:07 ]
Heavenly Ski Resort, which sits on the border of California and Nevada, is closed for the winter season (there's still plenty to do there this summer, of course). But that doesnt't mean we can't still reminisce about all the powder days that have passed. Here's a video that recaps the entire season at Heavenly.

Heavenly Ski Resort, which sits on the border of California and Nevada, is closed for the winter season (there's still plenty to do there this summer, of course). But that doesnt't mean we can't still reminisce about all the powder days that have passed. Here's a video that recaps the entire season at Heavenly.

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