A bottle of Jordan Chardonnay chills in the snow and before you lies an abundant feast with steaming lobster bisque, grilled salmon, and a five-layer chocolate torte. Your table, carved out of the pristine Heavenly Valley snow, is covered with a linen tablecloth, and special picnic chairs and blankets are provided.
This outdoor picnic at 9,000 feet is one of the pleasures of Heavenly Valley Ski Resort, which also boasts Lake Tahoe's highest elevation, longest vertical drop, and the region's largest snowmaking system.
Other reasons to consider Heavenly Valley Ski Resort are its long season (November to May) and proximity to the gaming town of Lake Tahoe. In terms of lodging, you can choose from motels and condos right outside the mountain or casino-area accommodations.
Daytime activities include soaking in natural hot springs, snowmobiling, hot-air ballooning, kayaking, outlet shopping, and romanic sleigh rides. The Gondola at Heavenly heads 2.4 miles up the mountainside to 9,100 feet, where you can enjoy a bird's eye view of Lake Tahoe's crystal-clear waters -- and steal a kiss.