El Niño Brings Snowfall to Best of Tahoe Resorts; Cold Temperatures Offer Ideal Snowmaking Conditions

02 November 2015
  • El Niño is in Full Effect -- Purchase Your Tahoe Local Pass Today
  • Renowned Snow Quality Offers Incredible Guest Experience
  • West Coast’s Largest Snowmaking Systems Starting to Create Incredible Base for New Snow
Lake Tahoe’s Heavenly Mountain Resort, Northstar California Resort, and Kirkwood Mountain Resort are slated to receive significant snow from the latest early season storm hitting the Sierra up to two feet is expected at 8,000 feet.  Regional temperatures are forecasted to be well below average– offering ideal conditions to power up the guns at all three locations. Temperatures are expected to remain cold throughout the extended forecast period.
“It’s snowing in Tahoe and the temperatures are dropping so we are putting our legendary snowmaking system to work as we prepare to kick off an extraordinary 2015-16 season,” said Pete Sonntag, Tahoe region vice president and chief operating officer.  “Signs of El Niño are popping up across the Sierra and we’re pulling out all the stops to provide our guests with the best early season snow conditions.”
With the West Coast’s most sophisticated, state-of-the-art snowmaking systems, Heavenly and Northstar ensure Tahoe’s most consistent and reliable snow surfaces. Coupled with its own snowmaking crew, Kirkwood’s undisputed reputation for snow depth and accumulation translates to world-class powder and the highly acclaimed big-mountain experience.
Tahoe Local Passes to the Best of Tahoe resorts – Heavenly Mountain Resort, Northstar California Resort and Kirkwood Mountain Resort – are still available for $519. Providing access to the most skiable terrain and most reliable snow surface conditions at Lake Tahoe, the Tahoe Local Pass continues to offer the region’s most value, especially when taking into account it now includes five free days at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone or Arapahoe Basin in Colorado, or Park City in Utah which is combining with Canyons to form the largest ski resort in the U.S.
2015-16 Season Pass Options for Lake Tahoe Skiers and Snowboarders
  • The Tahoe Local Pass is the best way to access Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood seven days a week. It includes Saturday access at all three Tahoe resorts with limited holiday restrictions, all for $519. Pass holder tickets are available for purchase for 50 percent off during blackout dates at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood. The Tahoe Local Pass pays for itself in fewer than four days. New for the 2015-16 season, the Tahoe Local Pass now includes five days of non-holiday skiing and riding at Utah’s Park City, combined with Canyons Resort to now become the largest ski resort in the U.S., and Colorado’s Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin. A child pass is $249 (age’s five to 12).
  • The Tahoe Value Pass™ is best for people who can handle a few restrictions. Ski or ride seven days a week at Heavenly and six days a week at Northstar and Kirkwood. The pass is available for $469, and pays for itself in just over three days. The Tahoe Value Pass has holiday restrictions at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood with Saturdays excluded at Northstar and Kirkwood. Pass holders can purchase lift tickets valid at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood Resorts on restricted days for 50 percent off per day.
  • The Epic Pass™: Ski as much as you want, whenever you want for $809. The Epic Pass pays for itself in less than five days of skiing or riding. With more than 32,000 acres of skiing and snowboarding terrain, this pass can’t be beat. It features unlimited, unrestricted access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Perisher in Australia for the 2016 season there; Afton Alps in Minnesota; Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and up to five free consecutive days when staying at in-resort accommodations at Verbier, Switzerland. No restricted dates. A child pass (ages five to 12) is $419.
Heavenly and Northstar are slated to open for the 2015-16 season on Friday, Nov. 20, and  Kirkwood is scheduled to open on Saturday, Nov. 21. For the best prices of the season on all Tahoe passes and for more information on pass holder benefits, Please Click Here  
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. 

About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading global mountain resort operator. The Company’s subsidiaries operate nine world-class mountain resorts and two 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; Perisher in Australia; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan. The Company 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 www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.



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