Black Diamonds and Blackjack
Heavenly Ski Resort, CA
This “Heavenly” resort towers over revamped nearby casinos (the area’s seen $100 million in investment recently), which means you can go big on the mountain and even bigger afterward.
THE SLOPES: Aside from breathtaking views across Lake Tahoe, Heavenly has more skiable acres (4,800) than any other resort in the region.
THE VIBE: The new Hard Rock Casino is a fun, Vegas-like playground, hosting big-name bands all winter. For a quieter night, indulge in high-end eats at 19 Kitchen and Bar.
THE STAY: Eschew lodge clichés by booking one of the area’s reimagined motels, like Basecamp, a manly spot with a lived-in leather-and-urban-rustic feel.
THE TRIP: Heavenly is less than an hour from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, which has direct flights from 18 cities, including new JetBlue dailies from NYC. skiheavenly.com
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