Lake Tahoe’s Flagship Winter Resorts Offer Up to Two Feet of Fresh Snow & Region’s Most Terrain

31 January 2014
Lake Tahoe’s Flagship Winter Resorts Offer Up to Two Feet of Fresh Snow & Region’s Most Terrain
  • West Coast’s Largest Snowmaking Systems Provide Ideal Base for New Snow
  • Renowned Natural Snow Quality Offers Superb Guest Experience
  • Lowest Guaranteed Price on Lift Tickets Offered Online
Truckee and South Lake Tahoe, Calif./Nev. ( Friday, Jan. 31, 2014) – Lake Tahoe’s Heavenly Mountain Resort, Northstar California, and Kirkwood Mountain Resort have received  14  to 25 inches of new snow during the most recent winter storm at Lake Tahoe.
Combined, the three resorts currently offer 94 trails and 39 lifts moving toward the weekend; and expect to open additional terrain during the coming week prior to the Presidents’ Day holiday. 
“In addition to opening Northstar’s scheduled terrain, the resort was able to open seven new trails within the first hour Thursday thanks to the new snow,” said Bill Rock, senior vice president and chief operating officer.  “Northstar has delivered the most trails and best conditions in North Lake Tahoe thanks to our state of the art snowmaking system and our dedicated team.  Now we’ve received help from Mother Nature, and guests can look forward to a phenomenal week skiing and riding,” Rock stated.
With the West Coast’s most sophisticated snowmaking systems, Heavenly and Northstar ensure Tahoe’s most consistent and reliable snow surface conditions.  “This weather system brought a welcomed boost to our snow base, along with the temperatures that will allow us to continue making snow ourselves,” said Pete Sonntag, vice president and chief operating officer of Heavenly. “We will continue to offer superb snow surface conditions, maximizing this significant natural snowfall with our expansive grooming and snowmaking fleets. New terrain opened throughout the day today, and we are in a great position to continue expanding terrain for our guests.”
Kirkwood’s legendary renown for snow depth and accumulation translates to world-class snow conditions.  “Kirkwood Mountain Resort’s recent snowfall has brought out the powder-hounds who ‘whoop and holler’ throughout the mountain,” said Casey Blann, vice president and general manager.  “The energy and smiles of our guests and staff are off the charts.  Kirkwood will open additional terrain today off of Chair 6, which currently offers the steepest and most challenging terrain at Lake Tahoe” Blann added. 
Tickets and Info
The lowest-price guarantee on lift tickets is available through the 3-Day Advance ticket when purchased at least three days in advance online at or through Vail Resorts Central Reservations and any of the three resort websites. With the 3-Day Advance, skiers and riders can save up to 25 percent off the window rate.
Kirkwood is offering a one-day advance lift ticket, for those powder hounds who are chasing the snow. It becomes available on Jan. 31, 2014.
For more information and the latest snow conditions updates at all three resorts, visit, or
About Heavenly Mountain Resort
High above the sapphire-blue waters of Lake Tahoe, Heavenly Mountain Resort is one of the most unique mountain resorts on the planet. Combining 4,800 acres of off-the-grid terrain and incredible views of Lake Tahoe with high-octane, non-stop nightlife, Heavenly offers a high-energy resort experience like no other. Visitors to Heavenly come prepared to go “all-in” because Heavenly is for those who are up for first chair and are still going strong after last call. Heavenly is a subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc., the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. Visit or call 800-HEAVENLY to learn more.
About Northstar California Resort
One of the finest year-round mountain resorts in North America, Northstar is host to a base area village featuring unique shops and restaurants, a conference center, 9,000 square foot outdoor skating rink, movie theaters, on-site lodging, special events and more. A winter sport enthusiast’s paradise, Northstar offers 97 ski trails spread across 3,170 acres, award-winning terrain parks and snow sports including alpine and Telemark skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and tubing. Summer activities include mountain biking, golfing, scenic lift rides for sightseeing and hiking, fly-fishing and more.
Northstar is located on Highway 267, just six miles north of Lake Tahoe and six miles south of downtown Truckee. For more information, call 1.800.GO.NORTH (1.800.466.6784) or visit
About Kirkwood
Kirkwood Mountain Resort is one of the nation's top destination resorts. Located just 177 miles from the Bay Area along scenic Highway 88, its base elevation of 7,800-feet, assures skiers more annual snowfall than any other resort in North America. Kirkwood is recognized by winter purists and national media alike for the quality of its snow and terrain variety and is a true skier’s destination. Known for its pristine beauty and action-packed expeditions and events, winter fun includes skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, sled dog tours, and backcountry expeditions. An ideal location for weddings and corporate meetings, the Kirkwood Village includes boutique shopping, live music and dining. For more information about Kirkwood Mountain Resort, visit or call 209.258.6000.
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 resort properties of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado, and the Heavenly Ski Resort, Northstar California Resort and Kirkwood Mountain Resort 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 across the United States and in the Caribbean. 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 and consumer website is


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