Although summer is not in full gear yet, Heavenly Mountain Resort opened their gondola and chairlift to allow the public access to summer activities today.
The Heavenly Gondola gives great sightseeing views of Lake Tahoe and their surrounding areas. People can also use the gondola for hiking and dining. It is open seven days a week from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm through Labor Day, after which the resort will operate Fridays-Sundays through September 30.
Gondola riders are taken to the Mid-Station Observation Deck, a 14,000-square-foot platform nestled among massive granite boulders nearly 3,000 feet above Lake Tahoe. Giving unparalleled views of the Desolation Wilderness, and Carson Valley, in addition to Lake views.
Gondola tickets are $34 for adults (19-64), $26 for teens (13-18) and seniors (65+), and $20 for children (5-12). Children four and under ride the Gondola for free.
Opening the gondola and lifts earlier than most resorts might be due to Heavenly’s weather and location.
“While we haven’t yet hit June 21st, summer is in full swing here at Lake Tahoe, and it’s time to get out and enjoy some fun in the sun in one of the most beautiful places on earth,” Heavenly general manager Pete Sonntag said.
The Tamarack Express Chairlift allows the public to access miles of hiking trails that will also give fantastic views of Lake Tahoe.
“We want people to realize Heavenly is much more than a winter wonderland,” Sonntag said. “Our spectacular natural environment combined with a multitude of activities and amenities, makes Heavenly an ideal destination in both winter and summer.”
After the gondola ride, people can visit the Adventure Peak. A hub for numerous family-friendly activities, including hiking, a 25-foot climbing wall with an auto belay system, and a 30-foot spider climber and slide for the younger children. Summer tubing is scheduled to be available starting Friday, June 22.
Eco-rangers will be stationed around Adventure Peak to answer questions about local wildlife, insects, flowers and the Tahoe environment. Tamarack Lodge will also be open at Adventure Peak and feature an ice cream bar.
The Lift and Lunch program will also be available, which includes a round-trip Gondola ride and a $15 food voucher. The Lift and Lunch ticket is $42 for adults, $34 for teens and seniors, and $28 for children.
The best value for the summer is to buy the Summer Season Pass. This gives guests unlimited access to the Gondola, Tamarack Express and all hiking trails. The Summer Season Pass is $59 for adults and $42 for children, teens and senior citizens. Adventure Peak activities not included.