The centerpiece of South Lake Tahoe’s Heavenly Mountain Resorts, the Gondola at Heavenly provides riders with an impressive view of the cobalt-blue waters of Lake Tahoe. No matter if you’re a skier or not, you won’t fail to be awed by the vistas afforded on your way up and down.
The Gondola at Heavenly travels from the middle of the Heavenly Village 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) up the mountain in 15 minutes. When you reach the summit, you can take one of the three hikes that circle the mountaintop. After your hike and a reinvigorating lunch at Adventure Peak Grill, you can ride back down to the Village and spend some time in the pedestrian mall. Here, you can browse souvenir shops and boutiques; if you’re with kids, take them to the arcade or for a skate at the Heavenly Village Outdoor Ice Rink.
The Gondola at Heavenly is located in downtown South Lake Tahoe, on the Nevada/California state line. The Heavenly Mountain Ski Resort itself has 97 runs and 30 lifts, spread between California and Nevada. Plan to spend a morning or afternoon on the Gondola, which includes lunch and a hike.