Heavenly Mountain Resort opens terrain on California side (updated) | RecordCourier.com

Heavenly Mountain Resort opens terrain on California side (updated)

by Caitlin Row
Heavenly Mountain Resort will open its California side of the ski area two weeks early on Friday, Dec. 4.
Courtesy / Heavenly Mountain Resort |

Heavenly Mountain Resort opened terrain on its California side Friday, two weeks ahead of schedule. The South Shore ski destination also spans Nevada, where terrain first opened in November.

“We are continuing on a winning streak with the early winter season,” said Carol Chaplin, executive director of Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. “The announcement of the California-base opening will further reinforce the strong start to winter recreation and the additional mountain access will enhance the ski/ride experience. The potential is there to drive additional bookings and sales prior to the next holiday.”

Sky Express, Powderbowl Express, Patsy’s Lift, Gunbarrel Express, the Aerial Tram, Enchanted Forest Carpet and DMZ Carpet are included in Friday’s offerings, with a mix of greens, blues and blacks now available to skiers and snowboarders.

“This is definitely a big deal for Heavenly, specifically because now we have both sides of the mountain open for the holidays,” said Cassandra Walker, spokeswoman for Heavenly Mountain Resort. “Snow conditions are fantastic; we received 5 feet of natural snow in November and the temperatures have been so cold that we are able to make snow around the clock. Heavenly has heaps of snow and we are not keeping it to ourselves. That’s why we’re opening the California side two weeks ahead of schedule — plenty of famed terrain for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy this holiday season.”

According to a news release, “Earlier this week, Heavenly opened Olympic Chair, providing full access from top to bottom on the iconic Olympic Downhill Run, along with terrain expansions in Nevada with the Nevada Trail, Stagecoach Run and areas of The Pines and Cloud Nine … Newly added trails will include Skyline Trail, Ridge Run, Ridge Bowl, High Five, Double Down, Mombo Meadows to Swing Trail and Waterfall Run, as well as Maggie’s, Patsy’s and the Ski and Snowboard School areas at the California Lodge base area.”

For information about Heavenly, visit http://www.skiheavenly.com.