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groomed runs for beginners and more challenging pistes for intermediate and expert skiers and boarders. One of the largest ski resorts in

Bellagio fountain show Sloping off in Lake Tahoe

North America, Heavenly has some 3,900 acres of great ski terrain, a dramatic 3,500-foot-vertical drop and some of the best views imaginable. You’ll be tempted to stop to look at that lake after every turn! Heavenly is also a very family-

oriented resort, with plenty of facilities off -piste, including great shopping — this is America after all — and child-friendly restaurants. The ski tuition is superb and the staff are super-attentive, whether at the ski lifts or on the slopes patrolling traffi c hot spots where pistes cross. Another hot spot is Snow Beach,

The Freemont Street Experience Heavenly Here you’ll fi nd Glitter Gulch, an

appropriately neon-fi lled section of fabulously-lit casinos and the Freemont Street Experience, which off ers incredible sound and light shows on the ceiling of a covered shopping mall, again for free. The city’s paid-for entertainment

almost pales in comparison but it’s a safe bet that shows such as Cirque du Soleil, Blue Man Group and Les Folies Bergère are bigger and better here than anywhere else. Look out for the Tix 4 Tonight booths that sell discounted seats. One thing defi nitely worth

splashing out on is a helicopter tour of the Strip. Be sure to fl y by night, when I guarantee you will literally be dazzled — and you can also take pleasure fl ights to, and through, the Grand Canyon that will leave you grasping for a whole diff erent set of superlatives. Getting airborne is a great way to

appreciate the amazing landscape and natural beauty that surrounds Las Vegas, but you can also do so by taking a drive out to Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam south of the city, or Red Rock Canyon just 9 miles west.

Mountain High Another natural wonder is Death Valley,

which you’ll pass through en route to the ski slopes of Lake Tahoe as part of this two-centre trip. The drive takes around eight to 10 hours but don’t be put off — you won’t get bored. The trip starts in desert landscapes

196 feet below sea level and fi nishes among snowy mountains at over 6,000 feet. The diversity of landscape and views along the way, including a lengthy stretch skirting the eastern edge of Yosemite National Park, almost mirrors the varied attractions of the Strip, but this time it’s for real! It’s now Mother Nature’s turn to shine

after the man-made magic of Las Vegas, and she does just that. After all the stunning vistas on the way, Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America, is revealed as the jewel of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Lake Tahoe glows a perfect indigo

blue in sunlight, and the surrounding peaks are home to seven major ski resorts, making it a winter sports lover’s paradise. Heavenly Mountain on the lake’s

south shore is one of the most popular, with wide, open, well-

a fantastic suntrap on the mountain where you can kick back with a beer and a hot dog while soaking up the Californian sun. And if that sounds at odds with

the traditional below-freezing temperatures of skiing at such altitudes, then put it down as another of the quirky contrasts in a holiday crammed full of them.

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