Exploring Nevada’s Heavenly Mountain Resort & Carson Valley

Standing at the top of the mountain at Ski Heavenly Mountain Resort, looking down into the sparkling blue water of Lake Tahoe, I can feel the energy of this place flowing through my body. The jagged mountain meets lake views and juxtaposition of colors — white and blue and green and grey — are nothing short of remarkable. But it is more than just the scenery that is energizing here, there is a buzz to this entire part of the Lake Tahoe region, known as South Lake, that straddles the California and Nevada border.

Skiing down a long blue cruiser called Dipper, which gives you amazing views across the gorgeous Carson Valley from 9,000 feet, I ponder what this energy is and conclude it has to do with people seemingly being happy here.  Whether it’s the resort employees, locals living down by the lake or the tourists who come to ski, the infectious happy energy abounds.

I pose the happiness question to Rachelle Atherton, who is the Senior Communication Specialist at Heavenly. She says this energy is part of the aptly named Heavenly Mountain Resort’s mantra, where life is all about the work hard, play hard balance.

“Here at Heavenly, we have a mantra we like to say, it’s called ‘go all in’ and that means, first chair to last call,” Atherton says. “We have some of the most unique views in the United States, great food, great energy up on the mountain, and then … tons of nightlife options in South Lake for afterwards. It really is a unique experience unparalleled anywhere else.”

Another unique aspect of Heavenly Resort is that it straddles the California and Nevada lines, so you can ski in both states in one day. The resort also hosts a varied mix of beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain on 4,800 acres and nearly 100 runs, which means you can ride all day without getting bored.

Another reason to ski here is to take advantage of the ski and ride school. Instructors will help you with technique, talk mountain trivia and show you the best of the 4,800 acres of terrain.

When you’re done skiing, head into town. I love The Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe, right on the Nevada/California border, not only for their apres ski happy hour but also for sleeping. The property features stunning Lake Tahoe views, including from its Great Room with its 42-foot-tall glass wall, as well as a blend-into-the-environment design. Everything from the rock to the wood to the limestone walls is authentic, and a lot of attention to detail has gone into the decor.

The family-friendly property has 154 rooms and suites and unobstructed lake views with nothing between the lodge and the deep blue water. It also offers a number of dining options, from the Bistro at Edgewood Tahoe where I’m partaking in happy hour, to the impressive fine-dining Edgewood Restaurant where every table features Lake Tahoe views and the food is delicious — try the scallops appetizers, which is a signature, while for mains the elk chops and filet mignon are stand-outs.

Other resort amenities include a year-round heated pool and hot tub and a large spa. A resort for all seasons, in summer Edgewood has kayaks and paddle boards for guests to take on the lake. They also have an 18-hole golf course in striking natural environs with emerald greens and mature pines set against a snow-capped, craggy Sierra Mountain skyline.

Edgewood doesn’t offer true ski-in, ski-out access, but they’ve done everything possible to make the transition from the lodge to the slope as smooth as possible — they use Mercedes Sprinters equipped with ski and snowboard racks and even heated boot warmers that will drop you off right at the gondola. You can even rent equipment onsite to avoid the long lines at the base of the mountain.

Beyond Heavenly, there is so much more to do in this region. The adjacent Carson Valley is just a 20-minute drive south from the slopes and is well worth exploring, as each of the four communities that make up the area come with their own historic aspects and recreational opportunities from hiking to horseback riding to hot springs. The area is also home to Dangberg Historic Ranch. The historic park was once a working ranch owned by the Dangberg Land and Livestock Company who worked the land from 1857 to the 1980s when the last family member passed away and the property became a county-owned public park. Today Dangberg Historic Ranch hosts more than 40,000 artifacts in the main house museum that once belonged to the Dangbergs. Beyond touring the main home, I enjoyed checking out the bird-filled gardens where I could imagine having a picnic or even flying a kite in warmer months.

Other Carson Valley must-sees include the towns of Minden, Gardnerville, and Genoa. Genoa is my favorite. The town is on the National Register of Historic Places with a Wild West-style main street and is home to a charming old-fashioned hotel, a hot springs resort and Nevada’s oldest bar, The Genoa Bar, which I find to be the perfect spot to chat with locals and wrap up my time exploring South Lake Tahoe and the Carson Valley in the gorgeous state of Nevada.

Check out my complete guide on things to do in Nevada’s Heavenly Mountain Resort & Carson Valley here

Add Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Louis Bacon
20 Things You Didn’t Know About Louis Moore Bacon
Afya Limited
20 Things You Didn’t Know About Afya Limited
Bruce Kovner
20 Things You Didn’t Know About Bruce Kovner
Zsolt Felcsuti
The 10 Richest People in Hungary
The Top 10 Mutual Funds by 10 Year Performance
Navy Federal Credit Card
The 10 Best Credit Cards for Military Members
The 10 Most Valuable Cryptocurrencies in the World
The 10 Best Credit Cards for Small Businesses
solar panels
The Five Best Solar Panel Companies Based on Efficiency
Why Are AirPods So Expensive? Here’s The Answer
Computer Virus
The 10 Worst Computer Viruses of All-Time
printer ink
Why is Printer Ink So Expensive? Here’s the Answer
Florida U.S. 1
The 20 Worst Roads in America in 2019
The Top 10 Golf Courses in Orlando, Florida
Why The Private Suite at LAX is the Ultimate Airport Experience
The Top 10 Golf Courses in Scottsdale, Arizona
The Porsche 911 Carrera RS
10 of the Best Porsche Carrera Models of All Time
Ferrari Testarossa
10 Best Ferrari Testarossa Models of All-Time
1982 Porsche 944
The Five Best Porsche 944 Models of All-Time
Ferrari Portofino
10 Things You’ll Love About the Ferrari Portofino
A Closer Look at the Hublot Bigger Bang
IWC Big Pilot's Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition Le Petit Prince
A Closer Look at the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition Le Petit Prince
A Closer Look at the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon
Time Traveling: The Hublot Classic Fusion Zirconium