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Heavenly Gondola

Heavenly GondolaWhere do locals take visiting friends and family? Somehow Heavenly’s Gondola almost always comes into play. A ski town is not a ski town unless it is connected to the mountain. Gondola tickets are not cheap, but the experience is worthwhile. The views of Lake Tahoe and Carson Valley, a bar and grill, hiking and the famous zip line are all accessible from the Gondola. Here are a few ways to make it more affordable:

  • Heavenly Village parking garage is convenient but not free. Raley's is close but is not allowed and parking tickets are likely.
  • Hiking is free, just need to purchase the Gondola ride.
  • Next year’s season pass is good this summer. Sometimes a few Gondola tickets come with the season pass.

Temperature at the top is usually ten degrees cooler, so dress accordingly. It is not all that spectacular to go up on a hazy day. Zip line is worth the $$’s, doesn’t require any athletic ability and is a rush at sixty miles per hour for a quarter mile. One thing to contemplate while viewing both the Lake and Valley views is that Lake Tahoe is actually eighty feet deeper than the Carson Valley. Always blows my mind.

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