Heavenly Mountain Resort, Lake Tahoe, Calif./Nev. — November 22, 2006 — The Heavenly Gondola will open to the public at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 23, 2006, signaling the start of the 2006-2007 snowsports season at Lake Tahoe. All those skiers and riders desperate to make their first turns of the year will be able to satisfy their pent-up desires.
“We’re thrilled to be opening on Thanksgiving. We owe it all to Heavenly’s amazing snowmaking crew and snowmaking system. Although terrain is limited, coverage will be very good, said Blaise Carrig, Heavenly’s chief operating officer. “We’re looking forward to another great snow-filled season.
Guests can access the mountain via the Heavenly Gondola in Heavenly Village. Heavenly will offer skiing and riding, sightseeing, and children’s snow play. Snow conditions on open trails will be packed powder and machine-groomed snow. Guests will be asked to stay only on designated runs to avoid thin coverage on areas of the mountain without machine-made snow.
Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m. Lifts open a half-hour earlier at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Full-service ski school, rentals, and food services will be available at the Heavenly Village and on the mountain. Parking will be available in the parking garage at the Heavenly Village or at Heavenly’s California Lodge. The resort’s complimentary shuttles will be operating with service to the casino corridor, as well as from the California Lodge to Heavenly Village.
For Opening Day, Heavenly lift tickets will be specially priced starting at $51 for adults (19-64), $37 for teens (13-18), $29 for children (5-12) and $37 for seniors (65+). Children four and under ski for free. Sightseeing tickets will be $28 for adults, $24 for teens and seniors, and $18 for children. Kids four and under ride for free. Early-season package offers start as low as $49 per person, including lift tickets and lodging.
Ski Schools of Heavenly will offer Level One/Beginner lessons, as well as adult and child lessons for intermediate skiers/riders and above. Lessons will be booked out of the Ski School Center at the base of the Gondola, or by calling 1-800-HEAVENLY and pressing “7. Full-day and half-day day care will be available out of the California Lodge. Due to limited operations, there will be no ski play and no half day care/half ski lesson option.
“Heavenly’s snowmaking capacity and high elevation gave us the ability to get open first, which provides even more value to our season pass holders, Carrig said. “Our guests will be skiing and riding on the best snow in Tahoe and they can thank our snowmaking crew for their hard work and dedication.
Warm weather and the lack of snow have been a challenge this year, so Heavenly fired up the West Coast’s largest snowmaking system to get the resort ready to open. With more snowmaking capacity than any other three Tahoe area resorts combined, Heavenly’s snowmaking crew has worked over 120 hours to get the mountain ready to open.
With the season getting underway, now is the perfect time to purchase or renew your Heavenly season pass. Heavenly’s $349 season pass gives passholders access to Tahoe’s largest mountain, highest elevation, best view, most epic nightlife and earliest start date. For additional information, to book a ski vacation or for current mountain conditions, log onto www.skiheavenly.com