Heavenly certainly sees the New Year in with a bang, potentially leaving you with a slightly fuzzy head for the next day’s skiing. With events spanning from Christmas to New Years, you’ll be spoilt for choice with what to do, who to see and where to ski.
The resort’s huge area is sure to be major pull for anyone visiting. Typically, this can be the coldest time of year, and snowfall that could provide you with hip deep powder, or only a light smattering. However, the resort has tried to counter the inconsistency of the weather gods by covering 73% of their runs with artificial snow making equipment. Also, as opposed to many more open resorts where poor visibility or flat light can ruin your day, the trees can provide cover from adverse conditions and give you depth to your vision, on the whole creating a more enjoyable experience.
Of course, whilst the skiing is the most important part (in our humble opinion), we know that others look to see in the New Year in spectacular fashion. The village at the bottom of the gondola has a fantastic celebration with a true family vibe; the festivities have in past years included live concerts, ice sculpting, fire dancers, interactive attractions, the all-important fireworks and Heavenly’s own variation on the ball drop - the Gondola Drop. With the gondola drop having been at 9pm in the past few years, it’s early enough for the kids to enjoy.
For those not tied by young ones, there are countless options available for you to party the night away. The fact that bars on the Nevadan side of the state line are subject to Nevadan law means you can expect a 24 hour party, going on late into the early hours until you decide that the lifts open in 2 hours and you really should get some sleep. A number of the casinos have large, chic clubs where you can drink, dance and be merry with the other revellers, such as the Mont Bleu Resort, which has three separate rooms to party the night away, one of which was a mammoth 16,000ft². The SnowGlobe Music Festival has arrived at South Lake Tahoe in previous years as well, with huge acts such as Snoop Dogg and Tiesto gracing its stages – a definite must see event! If partying isn’t your style, why not just hit the casino and see if the New Year can bring you a spot of luck.
A meal is a fantastic way to celebrate the finishing of the previous year and the welcoming in of the new one. The Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel offers a five course menu on the evening, followed by a party until 1am. Nepheles is another great classy, sit down establishment, with a mouth-watering menu intended to satisfy even the most discerning critics.
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