Heavenly Ski Resort to break ground on new lodge

Posted By: The Ski Channel on August 2, 2010 2:55 pm

South Lake Tahoe’s Heavenly Ski Resort is set to break ground on August 6, 2010 for a new on-mountain lodge. The new 14,980-square-foot restaurant will be located at the top of Heavenly’s Gondola, and will feature both indoor and outdoor seating for up to 750 guests.

The new restaurant marks the crown jewel of Heavenly’s major revitalization plan over the past eight years, which includes new and upgraded lifts, increased snowmaking and grooming, and additional on-mountain amenities. These projects signal Heavenly’s ongoing commitment to providing the finest on-mountain experience for skiers and snowboarders.

“The lodge is transformational for Heavenly’s overall resort experience, allowing us to ramp up the quality and variety of our food while increasing comfort for our guests,” said Blaise Carrig, co-president of Vail Resorts’ Mountain Division. “While many resorts are pulling back, Heavenly is pushing forward, solidifying our position as Lake Tahoe’s leading destination resort.”

Set for completion in February 2011, the new lodge will offer a dining area with glass walls allowing guests unmatched views of the Tamarack Express serviced ski runs. Conveniently located in the middle of the mountain, skiers, snowboarders and sightseers will be treated to an expansive, comfortable dining area featuring large timber framing and high ceilings throughout. The convenient scramble-style food court will offer a wide array of choices for guests to enjoy. The lodge will also feature a bar offering both high table and bar seating. On sunny days during both winter and summer, guests will be able to enjoy Heavenly’s ample amount of sunshine on the lodge’s 4,320-square-foot patio. Aligning with Vail’s company-wide commitment to the environment, Heavenly will submit the project for LEED certification.

The lodge also represents a critical component that completes Heavenly’s Adventure Peak family recreation area. Already home to snowshoeing, ski biking, sledding and Heavenly’s Super Tubing Hill – five 500-foot lanes of exhilarating tubing action accessed by a fully-enclosed, elevated magic carpet – the restaurant will provide a home base for a full day of on-snow activity.

The groundbreaking will be commemorated with a short ceremony on August 6, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. PST at the site of the lodge at the top of Heavenly’s Gondola. Fans of Heavenly’s Facebook page will have the opportunity to win a Lake Tahoe vacation package and hoist one of the shovels as one of the groundbreaking VIPs. Contestants simply need to become a fan of Heavenly’s Facebook page and describe, in 200 words or less, why Heavenly is their favorite vacation destination. Winners will be selected on August 4, 2010 based on their submissions. For more details, visit Heavenly Mountain on Facebook.