The town of South Lake Tahoe sits at the base of Heavenly Ski Resort. The California and Nevada state border runs directly through the town and differs greatly depending which state you are in.
The California side; where Heavenly Village is located; has accommodation in luxury hotels and condominiums supported by a wide variety of shops, restaurants and bars.
The Nevada side has 6 competing casinos all offering accommodation, gaming rooms, bars and restaurants.
Literally steps from the base gondola The Grand Residences by Marriott have accommodation in one and two bedroom deluxe villas all with full kitchens, open fireplaces and balconies. The complex has an outdoor heated swimming pool, beauty spa, concierge desk, daily housekeeping and business centre.
The Holiday Inn Express has modern hotel rooms with kitchenettes, large bathrooms, cable television and high speed internet access. Complementary buffet breakfasts are served daily.
The Quality Inn and Suites South Lake Tahoe have standard guest rooms and large suites with kitchens and living rooms. The Inn has an outdoor hot tub, complementary breakfasts, a free ski shuttle bus and a coin laundry.
Harvey's Lake Tahoe was the first casino built in Lake Tahoe; it has standard hotel rooms and luxury oversized suites. The hotel has gaming rooms, bars and restaurants – it is home to a Hard Rock Cafe and Cabo Wabo Cantina nightclub. Harvey's has an indoor heated swimming pool, fitness centre and free shuttle bus running to and from the gondola base area.
Harrah's Casino has standard hotel rooms and luxury king rooms with two bathrooms. All rooms have 24 hour room service, mini bars and access to the heated swimming pool, day spa, restaurants and gaming rooms.
All the casinos at South Lake Tahoe have constant entertainment with cocktail bars, live shows, movies, beauty spas and 24 hour gambling. Some visitors don't even step outside the casinos once they arrive!
The casinos have shuttle buses running directly to and from the base of the Gondola throughout the day. Snowboarders with soft boots could walk to the Gondola but skiers may find it a bit of a hike in hard boots.