Don't expect charm at the base of the resort. Stateline is one ugly & depressing place (sorry casino towns do that to me). Overall, I wasn't impressed with the skiing at Heavenly (though Mott & Killbrew Canyons were closed when I visited). The resort has a weird layout with a long flat traverse to get from the Californian to Nevada side. If you snowboard, you will truly hate that aspect. There are some very nice views & photo opportunities of the Lake from the California side.