Heavenly and Northstar to Open New Terrain This Weekend

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 27, 2012 4:57 pm

Photo taken at Heavenly by Ashley Smith 1/24/12

Thanks to a monster storm which dropped over four feet of new snow in three days in South Lake Tahoe, The Ski Channel has been reporting nonstop about the amazing conditions (and deals!) at the areas seven mountain resorts. Not surprisingly, the new snowfall has enabled resort officials across the region to open additional terrain and, we just got word that Heavenly Mountain Resort and Northstar California Resort are amongst them. The two resorts both anticipate opening new terrain for the upcoming weekend, which means fresh tracks are on tap for eager skiers and snowboarders!

After receiving five feet of new snow, Northstar has opened 89 trails accessed by 15 lifts featuring top-to-bottom skiing and riding on 2,280 vertical feet of terrain. The resort also has Lake Tahoe’s only 22-foot Superpipe, 20 terrain park features, all three of its on-mountain lodges open daily, as well as lift-served snow tubing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

“It will be obvious to our guests that when a commitment to early-season snowmaking gets a little help from Mother Nature, the results are truly impressive,” said Bill Rock, chief operating officer at Northstar. “While we wait for more snow to fall, we will continue to make snow and offer our guests access to the the best snow conditions, most open trails and most complete winter mountain resort experience in North Lake Tahoe.”

Photo courtsey of Northstar California Resort

On Lake Tahoe’s South Shore, Heavenly received nearly four feet of new snow, allowing it to open 66 trails accessed by 24 lifts with top-to-bottom skiing and riding on Lake Tahoe’s longest vertical drop of 3,500 feet. The resort also continues to offer Ante Up Terrain Park featuring 20 jibs and two 50-foot jumps, as well as the West Coast’s largest tubing operation. For the weekend, Heavenly plans to open Galaxy Chairlift and the associated trails, Groove Terrain Park with six jumps and 18 creative features, and Lakeview Lodge, which is the final of Heavenly’s nine on-mountain restaurants to open.

“Heavenly’s elevation, the highest of any Lake Tahoe resort at over 10,000 feet, combined with our superior snowmaking and grooming, plus a little help from Mother Nature equals some of the finest skiing and snowboarding conditions Lake Tahoe has to offer,” said Pete Sonntag, Heavenly’s general manager. “With the President’s holiday coming up, Heavenly and Northstar are uniquely positioned to offer the best winter resort experience at Lake Tahoe.”

For more information, visit www.skiheavenly.com and www.northstarattahoe.com.