Spring Skiing at Heavenly in South Lake Tahoe

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After all these years, I had never experienced spring skiing, and then back-to-back, I skiied at Sun Valley Resort and then most recently at South Lake Tahoe both during the month of April. Thanks to Jenn Boyd and Sally Gunter who seem to know a thing or two about the area, I landed at Heavenly Mountain and took in some of the most spectacular views I’ve ever seen from a ski slope. Below is the view of Lake Tahoe from the Skyline Trail at Heavenly.

Some of these shots, albeit stunning, are a little grainy as I took them on my iPhone rather than face the risk of skiing with my Canon 7D. Alas. So I traded in freedom for clarity, light and lens quality. That said, this visual journey will give you an idea of what Heavenly in South Lake Tahoe is like for skiing in the Spring.

You’ll note that we were comfortable enough in a fleece and/or a sweatshirt hoodie and there were times we stripped those off as well. In other words, it was sunny and warm and most people were skiing without hats and gloves. It was in fact, the last few days of skiing before they were slated to close the slopes for the season.

Like Sun Valley, there are a host of day lodges where you can grab drinks and food, although I noted that it is more expensive in general than Sun Valley, probably because of its close vicinity to the San Francisco Bay Area. The Lakeview Lodge sits at 8,250 feet, East Peak Lodge is at 8,625 feet, California Lodge sits at 6,565 feet, Steins is at 8,070 feet, Sky Desk is at 8,548 feet and the Observation Deck is at 9,123 feet.

There’s also the Bear Cave, where children can learn how to ski at the Ski School Lodge. In general, I felt that South Lake Tahoe is a fabulous place to travel as a family as there are a boat load of kid friendly options throughout the resort.

There’s also tubing, snow biking, sledding and ziplining at Adventure Peak. Here’s a little jump for gratitude at the bottom of the mountain. On a sunny glorious day like this one, it’s hard not to be grateful.

Then, there’s the ultimate joy of spring skiing. While the snow may be slushy at times and some of the trails will show some rough patches that aren’t entirely covered, you also have the sun, crystal clear blue skies and the relaxed atmosphere of skiiers taking a break at the day lodges. People sit in Adirondack chairs that are scattered throughout the area in front of the lodge, drink beers, eat chicken wings and fries all while taking in the beautiful weather.

For socializing Apres Ski, there are 17 restaurants and bars across the mountain, including the infamous Tamarack Lodge & Bar, a smokehouse American Grill, the Cafe Blue, Booyah’s which has gourmet burgers and 97 varieties of microbrews, Sky Desk for shrimp and veggie kabobs, California Lodge & Bar for grilled sandwiches and tacos, East Peak Lodge & Star Bar for garlic tries and BBQ, Boulder Lodge & Bar for chili-cheese dogs and patty melts, Lakeview Lodge, which is located at the top of the Tram and has unrivaled views of Lake Tahoe alongside fire pits, Steins & Umbrella Bar to experience their Beer Garden and  Stagecoach Lodge & Bar for cheese steak, pastrami, portobello and more.

While we’re talking about the upside to spring skiing, I would be remiss not to include a few shots (all credits Heavenly Mountain Resort) from the mountain’s winter months, especially after some fresh fallen snow. Ahhh yes, that glorious powder!!

Bottom line, South Lake Tahoe is a great place for family travel during any season. We plan to return in the summer and/or fall to experience the outside adventure activities when skiing isn’t an option. Think skylining, boating, hiking, swimming, tubing and other outside festivities.

All photos credits: Renee Blodgett, except for the winter shots (the last four shots) which are from the Lake Tahoe/Heavenly Mountain Resort website) and the top shot which is from www.ski-msa. org.

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Renee Blodgett is the founder of We Blog the World. The site combines the magic of an online culture and travel magazine with a global blog network and has contributors from every continent in the world. Having lived in 10 countries and explored nearly 80, she is an avid traveler, and a lover, observer and participant in cultural diversity.

She is also the CEO and founder of Magic Sauce Media, a new media services consultancy focused on viral marketing, social media, branding, events and PR. For over 20 years, she has helped companies from 12 countries get traction in the market. Known for her global and organic approach to product and corporate launches, Renee practices what she pitches and as an active user of social media, she helps clients navigate digital waters from around the world. Renee has been blogging for over 16 years and regularly writes on her personal blog Down the Avenue, Huffington Post, BlogHer, We Blog the World and other sites. She was ranked #12 Social Media Influencer by Forbes Magazine and is listed as a new media influencer and game changer on various sites and books on the new media revolution. In 2013, she was listed as the 6th most influential woman in social media by Forbes Magazine on a Top 20 List.

Her passion for art, storytelling and photography led to the launch of Magic Sauce Photography, which is a visual extension of her writing, the result of which has led to producing six photo books: Galapagos Islands, London, South Africa, Rome, Urbanization and Ecuador.

Renee is also the co-founder of Traveling Geeks, an initiative that brings entrepreneurs, thought leaders, bloggers, creators, curators and influencers to other countries to share and learn from peers, governments, corporations, and the general public in order to educate, share, evaluate, and promote innovative technologies.
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