Opening Day is Heavenly in South Lake Tahoe

Posted By: The Ski Channel on November 20, 2011 12:21 am

South Lake Tahoe, Calif./Nev. — Lifts began turning at Heavenly Mountain Resort at 8:30 a.m. PST Saturday morning, signaling the official kick-off to another Lake Tahoe ski and snowboard season. Ecstatic guests gathered in anticipation of first chair as Heavenly employees passed out gifts and free doughnuts. Heavenly is offering 44 acres of terrain, and the largest early-season terrain park that the resort has ever had. All access to the mountain is through the Heavenly Gondola, Tamarack Express Chairlift, and Dipper Express Chairlift.

The next generation of Vail Resorts’ popular ski and snowboard application, EpicMixTM, made its Heavenly debut, revolutionizing how guests take and share ski and snowboard photos. Upon request, the Company’s professional photographers will take and automatically deliver images to a guest’s EpicMix account by quickly scanning the guest’s RF-enabled lift ticket or season pass. Vail Resorts will provide these professional photos free to guests, in a “low-res” format for sharing on Facebook and Twitter, while high-resolution images can be purchased for $19.95, allowing guests to print unlimited copies at the vendor of their choice or on their own.

Winter Ignite, Heavenly’s Opening Week celebration, kicks off with the region’s highest-elevation après ski party at Heavenly’s spectacular Tamarack Lodge. From 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. guests can experience the coolest Happy Hour around, with live music and DJs, half-priced drink specials, après-ski appetizers and the return of the Heavenly Angels, the resort’s popular promotional team. The party continues at 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.

Winter Ignite – Opening Week at Heavenly!
Start your season off right by skiing or riding at Heavenly during our opening week! After an incredible day on the mountain, walk over to the casinos for dinner and to catch the latest Warren Miller flick, “…Like There’s No Tomorrow”. Stay for the following weekend (Thanksgiving) and entertainment in town includes Bush at Montbleu, Johnny Lang at Harrah’s and the highest-elevation après party at the Tamarack Lodge! What a perfect week to ignite the 2011-12 ski season! Prices start at just $325 per person.

Holiday Fun at Heavenly
Celebrate the 13 days of Christmas at Heavenly Holidays 2011, a two-week festival for the whole family at the Heavenly Village featuring professional ice skating shows, ice sculptors, carolers, local artists and a 16-foot snow globe where kids can get their photos taken with Santa. It all starts December 19, 2011 and culminates December 31 with A Heavenly New Year’s Celebration including ice sculptors, live music, fire dancers and a 9:00 p.m. ball drop and fireworks show.

The Tahoe Value Pass – The Best Deal in Snowsports!
The 2011-2012 winter season is scheduled to run from November 18, 2011 to April 15, 2012, weather and conditions permitting. Season passes are now on sale, starting at just $389 for the Tahoe Value Pass, which provides seven-day-per-week access to Heavenly Mountain Resort and six-day-per-week access to Northstar California Resort. Prices are guaranteed through November 29, 2011. Some restrictions apply. Other pass options are available, including the Epic Pass, priced at just $669. The Epic Pass offers unrestricted access all season long to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado, and both Heavenly and Northstar California Resort at Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada. For more information, visit

Heavenly Village Parking Season Passes on Sale
Get season-long parking access to the Heavenly Village with a season parking pass, now on sale for $299 unlimited access or $229 for Mon-Fri access. Season parking passes may be purchased at the Gondola season pass office.


Video preview of Heavenly’s first day open for the new season: