Gambling + Snowboarding in South Lake Tahoe

Living in Salt Lake City provides me access to many of the top ski resorts in the country and some of the best snow on earth. However, we have laws in Utah that keep us from doing one of my favorite past times, Black Jack. So, for my boyfriend’s Spring Break from the U of U, we decided to head south to Lake Tahoefor some spring skiing.

South Lake Tahoe

We headed off after work on a Thursday and were in Reno with enough energy to spend a few hours in the casino. The following morning we headed off to Heavenly Ski Resort. The drive was only about an hour from Reno to Lake Tahoe. Many people choose to stay in Reno and drive to Lake Tahoeduring their vacation, but personally, I prefer to wake up surrounded by the lake and the forest.

We chose to stay at the Aston Lakeland Village, which was located right on the lake with its own sand beach. The property was exactly what we were looking for and I can only imagine how beautiful it would be to visit during the summer. We stayed in unit 408 which had one bedroom, 1 full bath, 1 half bath, a full kitchen, and a loft. The unit could easily sleep 6.

Heavenly Ski Resort

By 11AM on Friday we were on the slopes of Heavenly. The resort was not crowded at all, which was surprising because it was Spring Break. The snow was a little slushy, but the conditions were exactly what we expected for spring. We were able to ride without jackets and didn’t even need gloves. It was AWESOME! Neither of us had ever been to Heavenly before this trip and we loved it. The terrain is great for beginners and intermediate skiers. You could easily access the entire mountain and there were very few lift lines.

Most of the crowds were hanging out at the multiple mid-mountain restaurant areas where DJ’s were playing Reggae music and everyone was dressed up for St. Patrick’s Day. There were plenty of places to sit on the deck with a beer throughout the day.

We spent two days riding at Heavenly and never felt bored. We even took a few runs on the Nevada side of the resort. At night we would head to the Casinos at Harrahs, Harveys, and Mont Bleu to try and make enough money to pay for the trip, which did actually happen. Yeah!

I highly recommend South Lake Tahoe and especially Heavenly Ski Resort!

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