The Gondola at Heavenly, South Lake Tahoe

#1 of 45 in Winter Sports in California
Tramway · Ski Area
Take a scenic ride up the mountain on The Gondola at Heavenly. From the midway stop at the Observation Deck--at an altitude of 2,780 m (9,123 ft)--you can see all of Lake Tahoe, Carson Valley, and Desolation Wilderness. Once you reach the top of the mountain, you can enjoy myriad activities, such as hiking or zip-lining. If you have a serious problem with heights, you may not enjoy the gondola ride. Depending on the weather, some of the activities may not be available; check the weather report before you visit. Put The Gondola at Heavenly on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our South Lake Tahoe trip planner.
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  • Perfect views of the lake and the operation was smooth and friendly. You can stop halfway up for a lookout or continue up to the lodge.  more »
  • Although the tickets are pricey, the view is priceless! We had to wait a day to go up because of the wind. The morning we did go up, the winds were picking up and they expected closure soon. It was...  more »
  • Pricey for what it is, but if you haven’t been here before, it’s worth it to check it out. They do a great job at deep cleaning/wiping after each guest or family on it. However on our recent trip, after snowboarding and skiing, at 3:30 pm, we were in line for 1 hour and 45 minutes to get on the Gondola. It was painfully cold when we are not moving abs the wind made it unbearable, so KEEP THIS IN MIND, and timing your coming down earlier if you have kids. Reservation only now because of the pandemic as of JAN 2021.
  • The ride up and the views were spectacular, not for $75 a person though. On top of that, the activities at the top are all closed, unless you are skiing or snowboarding. Obstacle course closed, sledding closed, kids ply area closed, hiking trails closed, WTH! Should maybe inform people before they shell out $200! Also, food is outrageously priced, unless you don’t mind paying $17 for a mediocre hamburger or $14 for a hot dog. However, you can kick back with a beer for only $12 🙄. Overall, would have rather gone to an open sled park and paid the $30 an hour and probably had more enjoyment with my 6 yo daughter.

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