While Utah and much of Colorado have suffered through some dry stretches this ski season, the Lake Tahoe area has quietly put together a solid snow year. Thanks to a good snowpack, Heavenly Mountain Resort announced Thursday that it plans to close April 25, a week later than its originally scheduled closing date of April 18.
During the extra week, Heavenly plans to operate solely out of the Heavenly Village Gondola to access terrain in the higher elevations of the ski area. In addition to the Gondola, the open ski lifts are expected to be Tamarack Express and Dipper Express on the Nevada side, plus Sky Express on the California side.
On Thursday, Heavenly reported base depths ranging from 69 to 101 inches. Along with a record 1,200 hours of snowmaking in the early season, the resort has received up to 288 inches of natural snowfall so far this season. Heavenly averages 360 inches of natural snow each year.
(Photo by Eric Wagnon)