SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev. — Lifts began turning at Heavenly Mountain Resort last Wednesday morning, signaling winter is back at Lake Tahoe’s top ski and snowboard destination. Early-season storms combined with the West Coast’s largest snowmaking system have given Heavenly the ability to stage its earliest opening since 2004-05.
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All access to the mountain at this time is through the Heavenly Gondola and Tamarack Express.
“Opening a couple days earlier than planned may not seem like a big difference to the casual observer,” said Pete Sonntag, vice president and general manager of Heavenly. “But the effort and commitment to the guest experience that this early opening demonstrates is what Heavenly is all about. We’ll do whatever it takes to deliver the highest level experience for our guests.”
Heavenly is now open with a full resort experience, including terrain park features, on-mountain dining and entertainment, ski and ride school, rentals, transportation and shopping in the Heavenly Village.
As always, guests should observe all posted warnings and closures, staying on the trails where the resort has made snow.
“There isn’t a lot of terrain open right now, but what we have is really good,” Sonntag said. “We’ve got the deepest snowpack at Lake Tahoe. Quality is the name of our game and providing the most consistent, reliable snow surfaces to ski and ride on plays a large part in that.”
Heavenly’s snowmaking and grooming teams have made significant progress on some of the resort’s signature, mile-long Nevada trails, and hope to open them soon. In the meantime, guests can rack up the vertical feet on California Trail, or sample the terrain park features, including an early-season jump that’s the perfect size to get one’s legs back.
Lift tickets available at early-season pricing can be applied the same day toward the purchase of a season pass. The Tahoe Local Pass remains unmatched in value, price and experience with access to more than 263 trails, 14 terrain parks and 10,270 acres of some of the best terrain in the world at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in California and Nevada. For just $459, the Tahoe Local Pass pays for itself after just four days and then passholders are skiing or riding for free the rest of the season.