Heavenly and Kirkwood Mountain Resorts announced their decision to extend their respective ski and snowboard seasons after Tahoe was hit with the strongest storm of the winter.
“It’s no secret that this has been one of the most challenging seasons on record,” said Pete Sonntag, Heavenly’s general manager. “So we wanted to reward all the pass holders who stood by us this season, and create more opportunities for them to realize even more value from what was already the best pass product on the market.”
Heavenly was scheduled to shut down April 15th but will now be open the weekends of April 20-22, 2012 and April 27-29, 2012 as long as the weather and conditions hold out. With up to nine feet of recent snowfall in the areas, it’s looking favorable. Kirkwood will follow suit with the weekend-only schedule.
Skiers and snowboarders who have already purchased their passes for next season are in luck! In addition to a free day in April, the pass will give them access to the entire extended portion of the season. For up to six days at Heavenly and even more at Kirkwood, pass holders will have access to the slopes. For free.
Heavenly will be operating the Heavenly Gondola, Tamarack Express and Dipper Express, with a limited-expert-only operation at Gunbarrel Express. At Kirkwood, guests will have access to Chair #6, Cornice Express, and Chair #10, Wagon Wheel. Check out each Heavenly’s and Kirkwood’s websites for a full rundown of extended operations.
“The snowpack really got a boost from this last storm and we’re confident we’ll have great skiing and snowboarding well into spring at both resorts,” said Casey Blann, Heavenly’s vice president of mountain operations and the incoming general manager of Kirkwood. “Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood have consistently provided the best skiing and snowboarding all season, and this spring will be no exception.”
If you haven’t already purchased your pass for next year, there’s still time to get in on the action. Vail Resorts are offering a number of combination passes as well as the full access pass that works at any of Vail’s excellent resorts.