It is dumping snow again and this time, South Lake Tahoe is the lucky benefactor! A powerful Sierra snowstorm tore through the Lake Tahoe region, leaving in its wake up to ten inches of fresh powder at Heavenly Mountain Resort and Northstar California Resort. In addition to the natural snow, Lake Tahoe’s two largest snowmaking systems have been hard at work preparing for opening day on November 18, 2011.
“This storm packed a good little punch, really supplementing what we’ve been able to accomplish with the West Coast’s largest snowmaking system,” said Pete Sonntag, Heavenly’s general manager. “We’re looking forward to a rocking opening week, with awesome entertainment and the finest snow quality and surface conditions.”
Heavenly is making snow at the top of the Gondola, California Trail and Ante Up Terrain Park.
“This first storm system has not only helped our efforts with the addition of natural snowfall, but the cold temperatures it has brought with it will allow us to continue our snowmaking efforts in the coming days,” said Bill Rock, vice president and chief operating officer of Northstar California Resort. “We’re looking forward to welcoming our guests back for another incredible winter season.”
Northstar is making snow on several trails including Main Street, Lower Pioneer, Pinball, Lumberjack, in the Big Easy beginner learning area, and on Cat’s Face where Shaun White’s signature 22′ halfpipe will be built.
In addition to great ski conditions, opening day at Heavenly kicks off with “Winter Ignite” – a 24 Hours of Heavenly event that includes, an après ski party at Heavenly’s Tamarack Lodge and the South Lake Tahoe premiere of “Like There’s No Tomorrow,” the latest installment of the Warren Miller movie franchise, and a concert by Grammy-winning American blues and rocker Jonny Lang. The fun continues through a wild week of parties, music, entertainment and giveaways, culminating with a pool party inside MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa and a concert by British alt-rockers BUSH on November 26, 2011.
At Northstar, opening weekend includes live music from the Village Stage featuring super-charged acoustic rockers Ike and Martin, country crooners Curtis and Luckey, and indie band, The Novelists. Northstar will also hold its very first Epic Mixer at the Big Springs Day Lodge, celebrating the resort launch of Vail Resorts’ award-winning mobile and online app with drink specials and EpicMix experts who will help new users activate their accounts.
With the festivities just over two weeks away, it is time to get your skies and board shined up…opening day will be here before you know it