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Heavenly Mountain Ski Resort opening additional skiable terrain

Heavenly Mountain Resort (www.skiheavenly.com), utilizing the West Coast's largest snowmaking system, expects to offer additional skiable terrain when it opens Friday (Nov. 20) than previously was planned — almost 40 acres — accessed by the Tamarack Express and Dipper Express Chairlifts. Lifts open at 9 a.m. PST. All mountain access will be through the Heavenly Village Gondola until more areas are opened.

“Thanks to our incredible snowmaking crew and system, Heavenly will open with mid-winter conditions and expanded terrain,” Heavenly's COO and Co-President of Vail Resorts' Mountain Division, Blaise Carrig, said. “In addition to California Trail we will also open Orion's run, providing our guests with access to the most open terrain and best snow surface conditions in Lake Tahoe.”

Orion's run, available for skiing and snowboarding, is Heavenly's one-mile-long signature trail on the upper Nevada side of the mountain accessed via the Dipper Express Chairlift.

Heavenly will operate for skiing and snowboarding, weekends from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gondola sightseeing and on-mountain dining also are open.
The National Weather Service is calling for a snow storm Friday that is predicted to bring as much as a foot of snow, and winds that could impact lift operations. For the latest news and information, visit www.skiheavenly.com, or call 1-800-HEAVENLY.

Heavenly's snowmaking system has operated for more than 190 hours so far this season, and the resort plans to open more terrain as weather conditions permit. Skiers and riders are asked to observe all posted signs and warnings and avoid closed trails and areas to ensure their safety.

  • Posted by Bethany Drysdale on November 19th, 2009