The layout of Heavenly Mountain Resort overlooking Lake Tahoe has long been notoriously confusing for first-time visitors. The ski area is hoping that a new trail map for the 2010-11 season will make sense of the 4,800 acres of peaks and valleys that span California and Nevada.
The new vertical orientation of the map does give a better idea of how the different parts of the resort fit together. Areas such as Maggie’s Canyon come into clearer view with the new perspective looking more from overhead and slightly from the northeast, rather than the head-on view of the old map. Maggie’s Canyon was almost entirely hidden on the previous map.
The new painting by James Niehues, easily the best-known name in the trail-map art niche, depicts the scar of a 673-acre fire that blazed across the front of the mountain in 2002. Most of the fire spread in an out-of-bounds area, but it did create “The Burn,” a black-diamond glade of burnt trees on the Nevada side.
Visitors should get their first opportunity to find their way around Heavenly with the new map on Nov. 19, the resort’s projected opening date.
Click the map on the left for a larger version.
(Map courtesy of Vail Resorts)