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Famed Signature Terrain Slated to Open at Best of Tahoe Resorts
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Famed Signature Terrain Slated to Open at Best of Tahoe Resorts 
Skiers and Snowboarders Enjoy 5-18 Inches of New Snow
  • California Side of Heavenly Mountain Resort now open, totaling to 1600 acres - the most skiable terrain in Lake Tahoe
  • Northstar California opening 19/20 lifts allowing access to favorite guest runs
  • Kirkwood opened Chair 10 The Wall this week, entire front side open featuring 1300 acres
 Click on each mountain for new snow photos and b-roll of Heavenly Mountain ResortNorthstar California and Kirkwood Mountain Resort.
North and South Lake Tahoe, Calif./Nev. – Dec. 16, 2016 – 5 to 18 inches of fresh snowfall this morning has enabled Heavenly Mountain Resort, Northstar California and Kirkwood Mountain to open additional terrain to guests of all ability levels this week, with more trails scheduled to open for the weekend.  Combined, the three resorts offer guests the most open terrain within the Lake Tahoe region. 
“Continued snowmaking and winter storm patterns have made for an incredible base, and we’re thrilled to schedule additional terrain opening this week and into the approaching weekend,” said Pete Sonntag, Tahoe region senior vice president and chief operating officer for Heavenly Mountain Resort. “We are excited to welcome guests with great skiing leading into the holidays.”
Trail and Chair Lift opening highlights:
  • Heavenly has opened the California side of the mountain with access to runs from Powder Bowl chair. Skiers and riders can also enjoy Skyline Trail from Sky Express; 1600 acres of terrain available in total.
  • Northstar California will have 19/20 lifts, top-to-bottom skiing with more than 50 percent of terrain open including runs on Lookout and the famed Backside.
  • Kirkwood has 1300 acres of terrain accessible, opening up the entire front side of the mountain.
 Purchase In Advance to Save the Most
Skiers and snowboarders looking for the best prices on lift tickets need look no further than their smartphone or computer to navigate to By purchasing lift tickets seven or more days in advance online, skiers and snowboarders will receive the biggest savings – up to 25 percent – and the lowest price, guaranteed. The more days that are purchased, the more guests will save. Advance purchase tickets can be sent directly to guests by mail, allowing them to bypass the ticket window. Guests can also easily pick up their tickets at the resort express windows – or even reload previous tickets, either at the ticket window or online. Online savings can even be found up to midnight the day before skiing or riding. All single- and multi-day lift tickets are printed on “hard cards,” which contain RF technology, allowing guests to capture their ski and ride experience through stats, photos and challenges, and even see any existing lift wait times through EpicMix, Vail Resorts’ industry-leading and award-winning ski and snowboard app. The lowest price guarantee is also available to guests who choose to book lessons in advance online through Explore and book a ski or snowboard program online receive the best price, express check-in during the first day of instruction and guaranteed availability for an instructor. Additional vacation values from lodging to equipment rentals can be found at
About Best of Tahoe Resorts
Collectively, Heavenly Mountain Resort, Northstar California Resort and Kirkwood Mountain Resort offer guests unmatched variety, the highest standard of guest service, the most terrain with 10,270 skiable acres, and access to the region’s finest snow surface conditions through state-of-the-art snowmaking and acclaimed natural snow depth. The Best of Tahoe resorts, subsidiaries of Vail Resorts, Inc., represent the essence of Lake Tahoe’s most famed characteristics – including Heavenly’s unrelenting, high-energy party atmosphere, Northstar’s renown for laid-back California luxury and Kirkwood’s prized bounty of authentic, big-mountain terrain and prodigious snow depth. Each resort’s unique characteristics complement one another and combine to offer skiers and riders the Best of Tahoe experience.

Media Contacts:
Celebrate the snow with us! Let us know how we can help.
Northstar California:
Marcie Bradley 530-562-3866 or 415-902-1761
Heavenly & Kirkwood Mountain Resorts:
Kevin Cooper  775-586-4451 or 530-307-9264
Rachelle Atherton 775-586-4461
Anna Jacobson 775-586-4461
About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading global mountain resort operator. Vail Resorts’ subsidiaries operate ten world-class mountain resorts and three urban ski areas, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada; Perisher in Australia; Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan. Vail Resorts owns and/or manages a collection of casually elegant hotels under the RockResorts brand, as well as the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning and development 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 and consumer website is
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