Saturday, July 3, 2010
South Lake Tahoe, California: Heavenly Ski Resort
The Heavenly Ski Resort features a most unusual gondola. The bottom is located right in the middle of a shopping district, only a couple of blocks from Lake Tahoe and just off the main road. When you board the gondola, you seem to go straight up, and up, at times, until you reach the first stop.
That's the observation desk, and the view of the lake and surrounding mountains is breathtaking. You can take all the time you want to look around, take pictures, visit the usual gift shop, etc.
Then it is on to the base camp of the ski resort. There's a big sign that says California to the right, Nevada to the left, as the resort crosses the state line. A restaurant is located up there as well, but frankly it seems like it would be a better place for lunch in the winter, when there's a ton of activity, than in June.
It's hard to imagine a better place to ski, although Squaw Valley is just as nice, and those of us with weak ankles can enjoy the sites as well.