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Crystal Ski Holidays has added the US resort of Heavenly in Lake Tahoe to its programme for next season and booking has just opened. NEW

Heavenly, which is owned by Vail Resorts, sits on the stateline between California and Nevada and offers one of the largest ski areas in the USA, with 4,800 acres of terrain at well over 2,000m.

It benefitted from huge levels of snow this winter as California experienced its best snowfall in 22 years.

By mid-March the resort had a base of 13.8 metres and had announced it was extending it season.


















The California side of Heavenly has steeper slopes lower down the mountain while the runs in Nevada are perfect for intermediates with excellent tree skiing where the forest isn't too dense. 

Skiers and snowboarders can take in the views of Lake Tahoe - the highest lake in the USA - in one direction and Nevada's 'desert' in the other. 

The other resorts around the lake are linked by bus, some of them free of charge with a valid lift pass.

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Crystal's purchasing manager Michael Brabin said  "Heavenly is an intermediate and advanced skier's playground, with tree cut runs, bowls and bumps for all abilities - including some freeride terrain.

"Its views are spectacular, where else can you start a run looking over a beautiful Californian lake and end with the Nevada Desert as your backdrop? And thanks to Nevada Casino's you have great après and 24hr bars. What's not to like?"

PlanetSKI Editor James Cove visited the Lake Tahoe resorts, including Heavenly, a few years back. 

Find out what he made of the area in this article.

And as he penned a piece on his trip to California as it ended - in the best snow it had all winter.

Crystal's accommodation for next season will be at the following properties:

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 3*

Known for its eclectic, and impressive, collection of musical memorabilia, from the likes of Johnny Cash, The Monkees and the Sex Pistols, this hotel is definitely one for the music lovers. As well as a casino with slot machines and table games, it also features the largest outdoor pool in the area. Other delights include the Park Prime Steakhouse, often home to live music and the Fire Break Kitchen & Bar. The resort is about six-minute walk from the Heavenly Gondola.

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Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel 3*

Typical-American Resort Hotel. The Disneyesque exterior of the property is framed perfectly by white mountains and snowy fir trees, making it one of the most picturesque properties on Southern Lake Tahoe. Conveniently located with just a two-minute walk to the main gondola and shopping area in Heavenly Village. The suites are family friendly with spacious rooms. There is an indoor pool, Jacuzzi and a fitness centre as well as the Echo Restaurant.

MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa 3*

The 438 luxurious hotel rooms are colourful, with contemporary décor (and very jazzy carpets), and many even come with spectacular lake or mountain views. Under a 10-minute walk from the Heavenly Gondola. There are restaurants and shops to nightclubs, wellness facilities (Onsen Salon & Spa and Ashiatsu Massage treatments). Worth mentioning is the Ciera Steak & Chophouse. Tahoe's only 4-diamond restaurant prepares a selection of steaks, chops and seafood, alongside a 300-long wine menu.

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For a week's stay at the 3* Hard Rock Hotel & Casino from £1,254 per person (two sharing) including United Airlines flights from London Heathrow via San Francisco to Reno departing 10 January 2018 and transfers.

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