Heavenly Snow and Holiday Cheer

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 18, 2012 10:25 pm

The snowfall has been abundant in Heavenly and South Lake Tahoe with over 3 feet in the last week. Guests can anticipate some “heavenly” snow conditions heading into the holiday season.  With all the snowfall, Heavenly has been able to open additional terrain including the double black diamond Mott Canyon. The mountain has more than 1,100 acres of open terrain spanning over California and Nevada.

If you’re planning on visiting Lake Tahoe this holiday season, don’t forget to head to the Heavenly Village from December 19th-31st for some fun holiday activities that the whole family can enjoy. For 13 days, the Village will be full of festive events like ice-skating and a countdown to the New Year.

“Heavenly Holidays was a huge success last year, and for this second year, we are thrilled about the entertainment lineup,” said Pete Sonntag, vice president and general manager of Heavenly. “A day of skiing or snowboarding with the family on the best conditions at Lake Tahoe, followed up by a visit to Santa or an ice skating show in the evening, will really make this holiday season a memorable one.”


Here is a list of the holiday events that Heavenly has to offer:

 Ripperoo Parades – December 15-April 6

Each Saturday, starting December 15, children have the chance to star in their own parade, as they play music, sing songs, and march through Heavenly Village with Ripperoo, Heavenly’s loveable mascot. The Ripperoo Parade begins at 4:30 p.m. at the base of the Gondola and ends with hot chocolate and photos with Ripperoo. 

Santa’s Workshop Snow Globe – December 19-24, 2:00-7:00 p.m.

The holiday merriment will kick off on December 19 with Santa’s Workshop Snow Globe, a 16-foot interactive snow globe where c

hildren can have their photos taken on Santa’s lap as they to tell him their wish list. The family-style atmosphere will be complete with an on-site disc jockey playing holiday music.

The Great Basin Carolers will perform from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on December 23 and 24.

Ice Skating Show – December 28-30, 7:30-8:00 p.m.

Taking to the ice on December 28, 29 and 30, professional, former Olympic ice skaters will perform a 30-minute Ice Spectacular Ice Skating Show at the Heavenly Village Ice Rink at 7:30 p.m. and will showcase a different show each night with the Grand Finale Show on December 30. 

Ice Sculpting Exhibition – December 28-30

Daily from December 28-30, an Ice Sculpting Exhibition will take place with lit ice sculptors being displayed throughout Heavenly Village. The excitement will continue as “Fear No Ice” performs a thrilling ice sculpting show adjacent to the Village ice rink in the evening.


A Heavenly New Year – December 31, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

All the holiday events will cumulate on December 31 with a Heavenly New Year Celebration that includes interactive games and experiences such as snowboard simulators, one-of-a-kind photo experiences, and face and body painting from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Loaded with music, lights, pyrotechnic effects and crowd interaction, the “Fear No Ice – Rock N Roll Show” will be an exciting show unlike any ordinary ice sculpting exhibition. “LA Allstars” will perform an exciting New Year’s Eve concert that will be an inspiring countdown to the Gondola Ball Drop. A beacon in the dark sky, a brightly-lit Heavenly Gondola car will descend from the top of the mountain until a stopping-point above the Village crowd at 9:00 p.m., coinciding with midnight on the East Coast. The dropping of the ball will signal the beginning of a dramatic New Year’s fireworks show from the Gondola parking garage. 

Book Early, Save Big

With 4,800 of skiable terrain and a 13-day continuous celebration, Heavenly is the premiere destination for your holiday travels. Book your trip before December 26, 2012 and receive a special Heavenly Gift Bag filled with logo souvenirs, while supplies last. Visit www.skiheavenly.com for more details.