Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Heavenly Gondola

The Tamarack Lodge 
We used the Landing Resort Shuttle to get to the Heavenly base area to take a summer ride on the new Heavenly Valley Gondola and see a views of Lake Tahoe and Nevada from high in the Sierras.

The Gondola at the Base of the Slope
Going up to Tamarack
The new Heavenly Gondola is located just a half mile from the State-line casinos. State of the art cabins took us from a starting elevation of 6,360 ft (1,938 m) to over 9,100 ft (2,773 m). The 2.4 mile ride brought us to the huge deck which provides breath taking panoramic views of Lake Tahoe, the Carson Valley, and the Desolation Wilderness. 

Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe is 26 miles long (41 km), 12 miles wide (19 km), 72 miles around (115 km) and 1,685 feet deep ( 513 m). It’s the largest alpine lake in North America and only Crater Lake is Deeper 1,949 feet (594 m). 
View from Gondola
Heavenly's newest restaurant and lodge, The Tamarack Lodge, offers indoor and outdoor patio seating at the top of the Gondola. With sweeping views of both the Nevada and California slopes of Heavenly in Lake Tahoe, it's the ideal spot to take an on-mountain break.

Chairlift to the top
After the visiting the Tamarack Lodge, head up the Tamarack Express chairlift with your Scenic Gondola ticket for some of the best views of Lake Tahoe and access to a series of hiking trails, ranging from beginner to expert. The chairlift ride was filled  with great views anywhere you looked and you get to10,040 ft (3,060 m) at the top. Very enjoyable.

View of Carson Valley in Nevada
The Gondola is a great thing to do if you find yourself in south shore Lake Tahoe. We look forward to returning to ski in the winter.

Highly recommended!

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