Heavenly features Lake Tahoe's highest elevation of 10,067, longest vertical drop and the largest snowmaking system on the West Coast. Featuring approximately 4,800 skiable acres of two States, nine gondolas/high speed lifts with a total of 30 lifts. There are 36 ski trails, 4.0 km of cross-country trails with the longest run being 5.5 miles. 20% is beginner, 45% intermediate and 35% expert/advanced. Spectacular views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountain range will always be around every turn for skiers and snowboarders alike. $200 million have been invested into the destination including a new pedestrian village surrounding the Heavenly Gondola. The new Heavenly Village offers skiers and riders 40 new shopping options, 14 new restaurants, 9 art galleries and 4 new non-ski activities, including laser tag, ice-skating (seasonal), and an eight-plex movie theatre.
Hope Valley OutdoorsPicketts Junction, SR-88 & SR-89 Hope ValleyCA96150
Cross-country and snowshoe center. Top quality cross-country ski and snowshoe rentals, all levels of instruction, guided tours, 60 miles of trails, endless opportunities to explore the Humboldt/Toiybe National Forest.
Located at a base elevation of 7800 feet, Kirkwood receives an average of 42+ feet of snow every winter – more than any other South Shore resort. Unparalleled expert terrain, a top rated beginner area, no crowds and just a 30-minute drive from Carson Valley via Highway 88, Kirkwood is the ultimate winter adventure destination.
Picketts JunctionIntersection of SR-88 and SR-89 Hope ValleyCA96120
Only a 15-minute drive west of Gardnerville on SR-88 is Hope Valley. You can pick up a picnic lunch at Woodfords Station and head out to Picketts Junction (intersection of SR-88 and SR-89). You will find a small parking lot on the south side of the intersection. This lot is the start of the dirt road to Burnside Lake. During winter you can park here and take a short hike to a wonderful sledding and tubing hill. The road is also a great snowshoe and cross-country ski area. There is a seasonal Yurt with snowshoe and cross-country ski rentals available.