Destination: Heavenly

By Paul Tolme

Deep snow, scenic splendor, and posh casinos: Call it Vail meets Vegas on the waterfront, a place where mountain thrills match incredible nightlife.

EAT

Lunch On The Hill

Try Stein’s, which offers an array of German sausages and a variety of beer, or duck into Booyah’s Exotic Burgers and Brew, which touts 250,000 possible combinations of buns, toppings, cheeses, and burger meats, not to mention killer lake views.

Table For Two

For fine dining in a secluded setting, head to Evan’s American Gourmet Cafe for classically inspired nouveau dishes, like roasted Cervena venison with poblano cheesecake.

The wine selection is impeccable.

Urban Elegance

The classic and creative dishes at Ciera Steak + Chophouse range from Muscovy duck breast with ginger-spiced rice noodles to Chateaubriand filet mignon for two.

SKI

Snow Day

If you awake to powder, follow the locals to Aries Woods, Dipper Woods, and Milky Way Bowl for fresh turns.

When ski patrol drops the ropes, beeline for Mott and Killebrew canyons, Heavenly’s sickest steep and deep terrain.

Crossing The Line

Heavenly’s California side lays claim to Gunbarrel and the Face—1,700 vertical feet of double black-diamond moguls.

The Nevada side offers a bevy of buttery trails for intermediates and beginners, who can do laps on Maggie’s or head to Boulder Lodge, a low-traffic area with a gentle, wide-open bowl.

On Top Of The Game

Mastering the perfect turn is a lifelong pursuit.

Heavenly’s Peak Performance advanced skiing clinics provide subtle tips that help you ski with more grace, athleticism, and stamina.

Getting air at Heavenly

STAY

Restaurants, shops, the skating rink, and the gondola are right outside your door at the Marriott Grand Residence Club.

Treat yourself at the heated outdoor pool or the full-service spa.

Lake Living

The four-bedroom townhomes at Sierra Shores offer unobstructed mountain views, gated privacy, and waterfront tranquility—plus luxurious flourishes like heated bathroom floors, steam showers, and home theaters.

Staying Put

Located on a quiet corner where locals often hit the hill, Ridge Tahoe is accessed via a private gondola that connects to the Stagecoach lift.

A stay here comes with free shuttle rides to town—but with wine-paired dinners and amenities ranging from racquetball to a full-service spa, you may want to stay right where you are.

Unbuckle for dance and drinks

DIVERSIONS

Après For All

Complete with a DJ, half-price drinks, and the Heavenly Angels (go-go dancers on podiums), Unbuckle at Tamarack Lodge is without a doubt the hottest on-mountain party around.

To enjoy supreme waterfront views instead, head to Edgewood Tahoe for cocktails in a serene and classy setting.

Liquid Asset

Lake Tahoe’s radiant clarity wows nature lovers.

Take in the views via a scenic helicopter ride with Lake Tahoe Tours, which offers hourlong flights at sunset that delight aspiring photographers.

A Nightlife Guide To Going “All In”

Join the festivities at Unbuckle, or sip cocktails around the fire pits at Fire + Ice in Heavenly Village.

Then, catch the sunset at the Chart House—nestled on a cliff high above town, it provides some of the best views of the Tahoe Basin.

After dinner, catch a concert in one of the casino showrooms, or laugh it up at the Improv at Harveys.

Still standing?

Get your groove on at Boogie Nights, a ’70s and ’80s dance party extravaganza at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa.

End the night at PEEK, inside Harrah’s, where dancers shimmy on podiums, aerialists spin from the ceiling, and the bass doesn’t stop thumping ’til dawn.

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