Epic Tahoe views, awesome groomers, great bumps, and plenty of nightlife make Heavenly Ski Resort hugely popular, especially with out-of-state and international skiers. Maybe it’s the allure of nearby Stateline* (the border of California and Nevada) and its round-the-clock entertainment and casinos, but Heavenly definitely knows how to create a high-altitude experience.
For those staying at Heavenly-owned and -operated lodging, there’s a perk. Known as Last Tracks, on Sunday nights, you’ll be able to ski down Ridge Run at 4 p.m. after the mountain is closed to the general public, weather conditions permitting. Afterwards, join the fun at the Après at the Base gatherings, held at two of the resort’s lodges, California and Tamarack. Each will create its own distinct atmosphere via what’s on the playlist as well as the menus of shareable street foods—visit them all to find your favorite. Or head straight to LAT 38, a rooftop bar at the California lodge, for a posh happy hour scene complete with live acoustic bands and cozy fire pits.
On Sundays, enjoy Tailgate at Tamarack, showcasing NFL games and drink specials. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, Heavenly’s secluded East Peak Lodge keeps things buzzing with an afternoon shindig.
For an unusual off-mountain option, consider a ride on the charming leisure craft M.S. Dixie II, a paddlewheel boat that’s the largest cruising vessel in South Lake Tahoe. Climb aboard for a 2.5-hour daytime scenic cruise or an evening dinner cruise; all depart from Zephyr Cove Resort & Marina four miles south of Stateline. A free shuttle is offered to and from the marina from Park Ave., near the Heavenly resort. Cruises operate daily, year-round. Book an evening outing for an après cruise with knock-your-ski-socks-off sunset views.