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Heavenly Valley Ski Vacation   by Jennifer Weiss

Popular with west coast residents and an all-around amazing destination for a winter ski getaway, Lake Tahoe is more than just a place to enjoy summer fun in the sun. Skiers and snowboarders flock to this area for the ample adventure opportunities and the diverse selection of ski mountains that can be found on both sides of the lake. When searching for a Lake Tahoe mountain that offers endless excitement and spectacular slopes, make your way to Heavenly Valley and experience all this bustling resort has to offer.

The Heavenly Mountain Resort is located on the California side of Lake Tahoe in the city of South Lake Tahoe but it expands into Stateline, NV with its extensive terrain. Offering more than your average ski slopes, this expansive resort is the highest in Tahoe with a peak over 10,000 feet while also maintaining its position as the largest in California with over 4,800 acres of terrain. On the hills, visitors are treated to 90 trails that are quite evenly divided between the skill levels with 20 percent geared towards Beginners, 45 percent for Intermediate level skiers and snowboarders, and 35 percent for Advanced/Expert riders.

Heavenly has it all when it comes to terrain. Whether you are searching for a smooth, casual glide down the mountain to warm up for the day or a spine-tingling run down a black diamond, you are sure to find a trail that will meet your needs. One of the calling cards of this resort is the tree skiing, which is perfect for those who can handle the pressure and sharp turns associated with such a demanding level of skiing. For those who need even more action and excitement during their Heavenly adventure, head to the Mott and Killebrew canyons where expert skiers run free and experience what a real Lake Tahoe ski vacation is all about.

In addition to the distinct ski possibilities Heavenly has to offer, there are numerous other ways to occupy your time if a day of skiing or snowboarding is not exactly your style. The Adventure Peak Snow Park is an excellent option if you want to enjoy the great outdoors with a variety of exciting activities such as snow tubing, cross-country skiing, sledding, and snowshoeing. You will make your way up a scenic, 2.4 mile mountainside Gondola ride and upon landing, you are free to head out to whatever activity beckons on that particular day.

When you need a midday break or a relaxing cap to a long day on the slopes, head to one of the amazing mountain restaurants in either California or Nevada. Those who happen to be skiing in the California part of Heavenly will want to stop by the Lakeview Lodge for unrivaled views and delicious cuisine that is a welcome respite from the frigid weather. For those on the Nevada side looking for a quick bite to eat, the Black Diamond Cantina offers excellent Mexican fare while a Slice of Heaven in the Stagecoach Lodge is the place to be for Italian options.

For those times when you really need to getaway from it all, head to Heavenly Valley and stay in a conveniently located vacation rental that truly allows you to enjoy the great outdoors. You can find condos and houses that have a variety of amenities such as a hot tub, washer and dryer, fully-stocked kitchen, and wireless internet in addition to plenty of space so your family never feels overcrowded. Take advantage of easy access to the ski lifts and spectacular views of the mountain for the duration of your trip with Heavenly Valley vacation rentals that meet all your needs and make this the most memorable ski vacation possible.

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