Heavenly to Open Top-to-Bottom Skiing

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 13, 2011 5:16 pm

Thanks to the power of the West Coast’s largest snowmaking system, Heavenly Mountain Resort will open Stagecoach Express on Wednesday, December 14, 2011, giving skiers and snowboarders top-to-bottom skiing and riding on the resort’s Nevada side. An added bonus as Heavenly also features the region’s biggest early-season terrain park, with 26 features spread across two lines, featuring 30- to 40-foot jumps for the hard core riders, as well as a progression line for those just looking to achieve lift off.

“It snows every night at Heavenly,” said Pete Sonntag, Heavenly’s general manager. “There’s no question – if you’re planning on skiing or snowboarding over the holiday season, Heavenly is the place to be. Not only do we have the finest surface conditions, but we’ve got a great variety of terrain for every skill level. And we’ll continue to make the investment in snowmaking to get more and more terrain open for our guests.”

The addition of Stagecoach Express means Heavenly will be able to offer nearly 2,400 vertical feet of skiing and snowboarding on more than eight miles of the finest snow surface conditions Lake Tahoe has to offer. Overall, Heavenly has nine lifts and 15 trails open, with advanced, intermediate and beginner terrain available. Snow depths on the open trails range from 18-24 inches and snow coverage is wall-to-wall.

The Ski and Ride School of Heavenly is offering the full lineup of lessons, with multiple surface lifts and the Big Easy chairlift to serve beginners. Heavenly’s new Bear Cave kids’ center is open, providing a warm, state-of-the-art sanctuary for breaks during lessons. For the grown-ups Stagecoach Lodge will open with food and beverage, as well as rental and retail services.

With cold temperatures in the forecast, Heavenly plans to open the California side of the resort by Friday, conditions permitting.

Family Reminder: 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 with Local’s Day on 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.