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March 05, 2012

Heavenly Opens Mott Canyon

The Recent Storm Has Allowed Heavenly to Open the Most Terrain at Lake Tahoe
 
South Lake Tahoe, Calif./Nev. – March 5, 2012 – A recent winter storm that blanketed Heavenly Mountain Resort with as much as three-and-a-half feet of new snow has allowed the resort to open three quarters of the mountain, including the double-black diamond, expert-only Mott Canyon. Now with 3,600 open acres, Heavenly is offering the most skiable terrain at Lake Tahoe.  
 
“We’re really pleased to be able to open Mott Canyon for our guests this weekend,” said Pete Sonntag, Heavenly’s general manger. “We’re continuing to push forward and create an exceptional experience for our guests. We’ve got the most open terrain, the best conditions and the most variety.”
 
Mott Canyon offers expert skiers and snowboarders some of the most challenging terrain in the region, with 40-degree pitches, deep snow and true North-facing aspects that keep the snow surprisingly winter-like. For an inside look at how Heavenly Ski Patrol prepared Mott Canyon for opening, check out: http://www.youtube.com/v/YkkuJL5BAQw.
 
With March being Heavenly’s second-snowiest month on average, skiers and snowboarders can expect great conditions over the season’s final month-and-a-half.
 
“It’s never too late to come out and enjoy the winter season,” Sonntag said. “We’ve got great skiing and riding conditions, our terrain parks are the best in the region, and we’ve got some exciting concerts and festivals coming up.”
 
Winter Snow Blast – March 17 and April 14
Four big weekends of on-mountain concerts and après ski entertainment, followed by nights of live music. The third Winter Snow Blast is on Saturday, March 17, with a live on-mountain concert at Heavenly’s Adventure Peak. Then catch Drive By Truckers at 7:00 p.m. in the South Shore Room at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. To book your Heavenly Winter Snow Blast weekend or to purchase show tickets, www.ltsnowblast.com.
 
Spring Loaded at Heavenly – March 31-April 15
Spend spring break at Heavenly, where you’ll enjoy back-to-back events and great skiing and riding. The annual Spring Loaded at Heavenly combines the best of spring and winter with two weeks of parties, pond skimming, concerts, the Gunbarrel 25, a Ski Patrol Fundraiser and springtime mischief. Prices start as low as $145 per person for three nights lodging and two days of skiing or riding at Heavenly.
 
Spend Spring Break Skiing Tahoe’s Best Conditions - $85 per person per night
Enjoy your spring break on the slopes under the California sun at Heavenly. For just $85 per person, per night, you can spend three nights and ski or ride two days at Heavenly this spring and get the third night and day free.
Contact(s):
Sally Gunter
phone: (775) 586-4451
Russ Pecoraro
phone: (303) 404-1856

About Heavenly
Heavenly Mountain Resort is a world-class destination offering guests a one-of-a-kind combination of scenic beauty and exhilarating on-snow experience. Heavenly is a subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc., the leading mountain resort operator in the United States.  One of the largest resorts in North America, Heavenly spans 4800 acres, climbs to Lake Tahoe’s highest elevation at 10,067 feet and features than 97 trails for every level of skier or snowboarder.  For more information on Heavenly Mountain Resort, please visit
www.skiheavenly.com or call 800-HEAVENLY.

About Vail Resorts
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado, and Heavenly and Northstar in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada, and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com
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