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Pro tip: Heavenly is one of the vanguard ski resorts of the Tahoe region. It stands smack at the south edge of Lake Tahoe, and its gondola takes off straight out of town (South Lake Tahoe). The resort offers skiers lots of places to find their own speed and terrain. Experts will love Mott's and Killebrew Canyons. Gamblers will love the casinos lining South Lake Tahoe's strip.  MORE

Core Strenghts

Heavenly
Overall
74.8
Snow Quality
59.4
Snow Volume
56.3
Overall
Overall PAF Score

Overall
Rank

39

Rank in
Region

4

Rank in
State

4

This resort is often compared with:

Squaw Valley
Kirkwood
Northstar at Tahoe
Best time for snow at
Heavenly
Snow quality compared w/
rest of North American resorts
Last 10 Days of Snowfall at Heavenly

Powder
Forecast

Powder Forecast
Saturday
Day
0"
Night
0"
Sunday
Day
0"
Night
1-3"
Monday
Day
0"
Night
0"
Tuesday
Day
0"
Night
0"
Wednesday
Day
0"
Night
0"
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6"+ of snow
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SEA to RNO
depart Mon Mar 27
return Wed Mar 29
Alaska
$311
LAX to RNO
depart Sun Mar 26
return Thu Mar 30
United
$326
EWR to RNO
depart Sun Mar 26
return Wed Mar 29
United
$557
MSP to RNO
depart Sun Mar 26
return Wed Mar 29
United
$592
BOS to RNO
depart Sun Mar 26
return Wed Mar 29
United
$643
IAD to RNO
depart Sun Mar 26
return Wed Mar 29
United
$701
SFO to RNO
depart Mon Mar 27
return Wed Mar 29
United
$738
ORD to RNO
depart Sun Mar 26
return Thu Mar 30
United
$750
DFW to RNO
depart Sun Mar 26
return Wed Mar 29
United
$789
IAH to RNO
depart Sun Mar 26
return Thu Mar 30
United
$825
ATL to RNO
depart Sun Mar 26
return Wed Mar 29
United
$839
True Snow: 312" per year
Snow Quality Rank

79

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Dump Potential Rank

76

Heavenly is ranked No. 76 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Historical Powder Odds
Daily Lottery

% of days with more than 6" of snow

13.8%

Extended Stay

% of months with more than 90" of snow

25.5%

Drought Threat

% of months with less than 30" of snow

33.2%

*Special thanks to Tony Crocker and Bestsnow.net.

Dump Potential Rank

76

Heavenly is ranked No. 76 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Snow
Quality
Rank

79

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Total Snow Score

This score accounts for total snow quantity, its moisture content, the resort's latitude, elevation, and its slope aspects, which affect total snow preservation.

Trail Breakdown

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Vertical Drop

3500 ft

10040 ft
Base Elevation: 6540 ft

Slope Aspects

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A few words on the Snow at Heavenly

Heavenly Ski Resort has good snow frequency of 15.7% of winter days with 6 inches or more and 21% of winter months with 90 inches or more, but also endures 31% of winter months with less than 30 inches. Snowfall is less than at areas farther west on the Sierra Crest, but Heavenly has a better snowmaking system. Sierra average snow density of 12% is not the blower of the Rockies but easily managed on modern fat rockered skis

Accumulation and Preservation

Heavenly averages 67% open at Christmas and is less than half open in the worst third of holiday seasons. In the worst 20% of seasons it is less than 1/4 open. The steepest terrain in Mott and Killebrew Canyons is usually not open until mid-January. Over half of Heavenly faces north, and the Sky and Dipper chairs serve terrain as high as anywhere at Tahoe. Thus the upper half of Heavenly has some of Tahoe's best preserved snow. Spring conditions are more common lower down, and the famous west-facing Gunbarrel moguls are usually best skied after noon.