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Heavenly - Ski Resort and Snow Summary
Skiing in Heavenly
Heavenly - American Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe Region (2000m to 3060m)
One of the largest ski areas in the United States and one of the few North American ski areas with more than a 1,000m vertical. Heavenly is now owned by Vail Resorts and has base areas in Nevada and California. There are spectacular views over Lake Tahoe and great nightlife and resort facilities along the south side of the Lake.
Heavenly Ski Facts
The American ski resort of Heavenly is part of the Lake Tahoe Region ski area and has direct access to 85 individual pistes, served by 27 ski lifts.
The ski resort itself is above 1500m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With pistes above 2500 metres, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.
Snowmaking :- Heavenly is able to augment natural snow, with 200 Snow Cannons.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 27 Ski Lifts of Heavenly are able to uplift 52,000 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
Skiing in Heavenly
Heavenly's huge ski area takes in a vast array of terrain offering the ubiquitous something for everyone. The resort also participates in the Ski Lake Tahoe Interchangable Pass for international visitors, which gives them access to over 500 trails on 17500 acres, the most skiing on an area pass any where in North America. The area pass give access to - Kirkwood, Squaw Valley, Northstar, Sierra at Tahoe, Mount Rose and Alpine Meadows. It's possible to reach Squaw for a day's skiing by using a traditional mississipi paddles steamer across the Lake complete with an on-board après ski party, another unique experience to notch up at Heavenly!
Beginners have gentle terrain near the base lodges and friendly Californian tuition to look forward to. The resort has recently upgraded its beginner programs in a bid to get way above the national average in North America where apparently only 12% of first timers get hooked and stick with the sport. The new approach includes shorter lighter beginner-friendly skis from Rossignol and a specially tailored package dubbed 'Learn To Ski - Easy as 1-2-3' which includes rentals, tuition and beginners' lift tickets.
Intermediates have the most to benefit from a visit to Heavenly, where they'll find they're able to tackle most of the terrain. Anyone interested in purchasing new gear, or just keeping up to date with what's on offer in the rapidly changing ski hardware market, can join in a free 90 minute Guided Demo. Groups of up to six can demo new gear in the company of a guide who will try to ascertain exactly what you want from your skiing, suggest gear to match your ideals, and then let you try it out. The scheme has been so successful that there are now Guided Demo centres on both sides of the mountain.
Advanced to expert level skiers will find just over a third of Heavenly's terrain classified for them, with famous runs like Gunbarrel, on the Californian side, is ideal for those confident enough to do some posing under the chairlift. Otherwise the Milky Way Bowl and Killebrew Canyon over on the Nevada side should provide plenty of entertainment.
Snowboarding in Heavenly
Heavenly is one of the world's leading destinations for snowboarders, with an ever growing percentage of the resort's clientele preferring to ride rather than ski - a much higher proportion than at most other major resorts. Half of all North American riders currently take their main vacations in West Coast resorts.
One of the first of the Tahoe centres to welcome 'boarders (in 1988), Heavenly has continued to invest in snowboard-oriented attractions, activities and events. The resort owns two snowboard-only retail outlets in South Lake Tahoe.
The terrain parks are spread throughout the mountain and a pipe dragon is employed to maintain the pipes. A range of events and contests are staged throughout the season to help underline Heavenly's position as a 'boarders mecca. They include half pipe competitions and boardercross.
Around 70% of Heavenly's terrain is groomed nightly, making it a carver's paradise and the resort has added a Bombadiere halfpipe grinder to its already impressive grooming fleet.
Heavenly Aprés Ski
South Lake Tahoe, where Heavenly is located, is an area choc-full of bars, restaurants and night spots, over 150 in total! Popular choices include The Pub Tahoe, Turo Pub, Mulligans and the Blue Angel Cafe. Nightclubs include Altitude in Harrahs.
Plenty of unique watering holes, including Nevada's oldest bar and saloon in the State's first settlement, Genoa, located close to the resort's Nevada base. It's a rare experience to find anything indigenous but not native that's nearly 200 years old in Western North America and well worth the visit if you have a car. As is Virginia City, 40 miles away, a well preserved former mining town.
The casinos provide their own unique form of entertainment with 24/7 gambling - and, of course, free drinks for anybody playing.
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Heavenly in brief
Heavenly Ski Resort is:
Very good for Expert Skiers.
Excellent for Intermediate Skiers.
Very good for Beginners.
Very good for Snowboarding.
Opened : November 16, 2012
Closed : April 14, 2013
Opening Subject To Snow Conditions.
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