Heavenly Lake Tahoe

Nevada Ski Resorts Ranked & Mapped

Nevada surprisingly only has 4 ski resorts located within the date. All but one is located in the Lake Tahoe region. If you include the full Lake Tahoe region, then 11 more resorts can be added to this list.

However, if we stay strictly within Nevada’s borders, only Heavenly is South Lake Tahoe is a part of any national pass system. They are associated with Vail’s EPIC pass that allows you to ski at any of their slopes. They also have a Tahoe Local Pass that gives you access to not only Heavenly, but also Northstar and Kirkwood (both located right across the border in California) as well as six other resorts in Colorado and Utah.

Diamond PeakEureka, NV, 89316
HeavenlyEPICSouth Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
Lee CanyonLas Vegas, NV, 89109
Mount RoseReno, NV, 89511

Ski Season in Nevada

The ski season at Lake Tahoe typically runs from November to April, although this can vary depending on the weather conditions. Some ski resorts in the Lake Tahoe area may open as early as October and remain open into May if conditions permit. All but one Nevada ski resort is located in the Lake Tahoe region.

The ski season at Lee Canyon – the one ski resort not in Tahoe – is typically shorter and usually opens about a month after the others.

Explaining Our ‘Difficulty Score’

Parks & Trips created a proprietary Difficulty Score that is generated by looking at the number of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then gives each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

The Most Difficult Nevada Ski Resorts


Heavenly is one of the hardest ski areas in the country. It ranks in the top 10% of most-difficult ski resorts in all of North America, mostly due to the fact that it has 30% of its trails rated as expert-level, and a vertical drop of 3,527 feet.

Mountain Stats

Summit:  10,067′
Vertical:  3,527′
Base:  6,540′

Terrain Stats

Trails:  97
Lifts:  28
Acres:  4,800

Trail Breakdown

Beginner:  8%
Intermediate:  62%
Expert:  30%

More Information…

Heavenly in South Lake Tahoe straddles the Nevada-California border, and is a very accessible ski resort. It landed in first place as the most difficult Nevada ski resort due to it having less than 10% of its trails for beginners, as well as the largest vertical drop of any resort in the state.

Rank ResortGreen TrailsBlue TrailsBlack TrailsDifficulty Score
#2Lee Canyon10%45%45%68.9%
#3Mount Rose20%30%50%58.3%
#4Diamond Peak18%46%36%53.7%

The Largest Ski Resorts in Nevada

Choosing the largest ski resorts is a bit of a tricky proposition. Do you look at just the summit elevation? How about the total acreage, most trails, or steepest vertical drop?

Well, we decided to combine all four of those metrics into one ranking to get the best idea, although we fully admit this is completely subjective. We’ve given you all the data in the following table to make your own decision.

Heavenly comes out on top as Nevada’s biggest ski resort as well. It has the steepest vertical drop, most trails and most skiable acres of all Nevada ski resorts. Lee Canyon near Las Vegas has a higher summit than Heavenly, but much fewer acres and trails.

Rank ResortSummit ElevationBase ElevationVertical DropAcresTrails
#1Heavenly10,067 ft6,540 ft3,527 ft4,80097
#2Lee Canyon11,289 ft8,510 ft2,779 ft44524
#3Mount Rose9,700 ft7,900 ft1,800 ft1,20065
#4Diamond Peak8,540 ft6,700 ft1,840 ft65531

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