Whether you're into adventure travel or are looking for a spot of relaxation, Heavenly Gondola—at the Heavenly Ski Resort—is a must-visit Lake Tahoe attraction. Ride the cable car to the top of the mountain, then gaze out over panoramic shore-to-shore views of turquoise Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains from up high or take to the hiking trails.
The Heavenly Gondola travels 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) up the mountain from Heavenly Village in 15 minutes. Stop midway at the 9,123-foot (2,780-meter) Observation Deck viewing platform for photos. Then, at the top, embark on three summer hiking trails or hang out at the Tamarack Lodge.
Wintertime provides scenic views of the snowcapped Sierra Nevada and a chance to go skiing or just relax in the lodge. Summertime allows for hiking at the top, a ropes course, or maybe even a spot of ziplining in addition to scenic views over Carson Valley and the Desolation Wilderness.
Things to Know Before You Go
Even those afraid of heights will feel safe in the fully enclosed gondola.
This is a great group activity for skiers and non-skiers alike.
The three hiking trails at the top are available for summertime use.
Dress in layers for the elevation change and cooler air at the top of the mountain.
Scenic gondola rides are included with the Heavenly season pass.
The Heavenly Gondola is accessible for wheelchair users and snow-adapted wheelchairs are available to borrow at the top.
How to Get There
The Gondola departs from the middle of Heavenly Village. Located on the California-Nevada border in South Lake Tahoe, Heavenly is easily accessible by car from Lake Tahoe resorts such as Northstar and Squaw Valley or Tahoe City.
When to Get There
A gondola ride at Heavenly Lake Tahoe offers very different experiences in winter and summer, but the scenery is equally breathtaking. However, keep in mind that ticket prices go up on holidays.
Other Things to Do at Heavenly
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 ice skating at the Heavenly Village Outdoor Ice Rink. If you're a winter sports enthusiast, the Heavenly Mountain Ski Resort itself has 97 runs and 30 lifts, a ski school, and terrain parks spread between California and Nevada.