Located one-half block west of California & Nevada Stateline, the Lake Tahoe Gondola is steps from most major lodging facilities, and puts the serenity of an alpine mountain within minutes of six casinos and nearly 5,000 hotel rooms. The eight-passenger cabins take guests 2.4 miles up the mountain in 12 minutes while they enjoy views of Lake Tahoe. Just when it seems the ride can't get any better, guests arrive at The Deck - a 14,000 square foot mid-station observation platform. Located at 9,123 feet, guests are treated to views of the Carson Valley, Desolation Wilderness and shore-to-shore views of Lake Tahoe.
Pricing:Gondola Ticket Only
ADULT (19–64) $32
TEEN (13–18) $26
CHILD (5–12) $20
SENIOR (65+) $26
KIDS (4-UNDER) FREE
Pricing:Gondola and Summitt Ticket
ADULT (19–64) $40
TEEN (13–18) $32
CHILD (5–12) $24
SENIOR (65+) $32
KIDS (4-UNDER) FREE
Heavenly Scenic Gondola Rides
Taking the Gondola up Heavenly Mountain is one of the coolest experiences we have ever had. We did our research before going, and it is pricey, there's no denying that. It was $38 per adult. Children 4 and under are free! Once they hit the big 5 I believe they are around $20- so we made sure to make this trip the weekend before my oldest's fifth birthday. :)
Once your tickets are scanned you enter the gondola while it's in motion, which my preschooler thought was soooo cool. You can't take strollers on, so we took our youngest in a backpack carrier, but they did make us remove him from the carrier for loading onto the gondola for safety. Once in the gondola the doors shut and you are whisked above the Heavenly village and up the mountain. As soon as Lake Tahoe starts coming into view, you quickly forget about the ticket price. It is beautiful!! There are two stops- the first is the observation deck, and the gondola only stops here on the way up, not on the way back down, so be sure to take advantage of it on the way up! We went to Subway and brought that with us for a picnic lunch, so when we arrived at the observation deck we had our lunch with the most amazing of views. There are picnic tables with shade, as well as lots of benches on the deck. We took our time eating, and then walking around soaking it all in. The staff up there is very helpful and happy to take pics for you. There's a coffee shop and a gift shop and some restrooms. Once you are ready to leave, you hop onto another gondola and go to the top of the mountain. You cannot see the lake from the top, because it dips down into the mountain, so the observation deck is key for a great experience! At the top is a restaurant and tons of hiking trails. Our kids just loved seeing snow in September up there!
We spent some time at the top, and when we were ready to leave, you hop on the final gondola and ride back down to the village. The view of Tahoe is seriously something to be experienced! It is absolutely 'heavenly'!
Wouldn't advise spending the money if you are afraid of heights. It can be a bit scary for small children too. The views are phenomenal! There is a middle deck you can stop at and again at the top to view the whole lake and area. I would definitely advise bringing your own camera cause they charge $12 for a disposable you can get for $4 at a drugstore.
If you aren't familiar with Lake Tahoe, it could be a nice thing to do once. The ride is nice and the scenery and views are amazing but there's not much to do once you get to the top with small children. There are plenty of places to climb on rocks which is fun but the price to go up is steep. There are loads of other great (and free!) spots to do much the same in Lake Tahoe.
An eight-passenger gondola whisks you 2.4 miles up the mountain to an observation deck at 9,123 feet, with views of the Carson Valley to the east, Desolation Wilderness to the west, and the entire lake, a must-do for first timers to Tahoe. At the top, peer through high-powered telescopes, have a picnic, or settle into the cafe for hot sandwiches,
soups, and chili. In the wintertime, families love Adventure Peak Snow Park up here, where you can go tubing, sledding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing; rental equipment available. In the summer take a daytime or full moon hike.
The gondola ride is fun. If you want to take a day off from skiing, this is a fun activity. The view is awesome.
The views of Lake Tahoe are truly stunning along this 2.4 miles trip up the Heavenly Gondola. The adult prices are ridiculously high, but at least children under 5. From this view point, you can see all of Lake Tahoe and the blueness of the lake is truly stunning. You can stop half way up the Gondola and enjoy the views. A little nerve wrecking if you are afraid of heights. On the day we went, it was very windy. Dress warm on winter days. In the summer, there is a new zipline adventure at the top of the Gondola. It's the longest zipline in the lower 48 states. I can't wait to try it out.