Heavenly Fires Up West Coast's Largest Snowmaking System


03 November 2008


Resort’s Ability to Cover 70 Percent of its Trails in Machine-Made Snow Gives Early-Season Certainty to Skiers and Riders
Heavenly Mountain Resort, Lake Tahoe, Calif./Nev. – November 3, 2008 – Heavenly Mountain Resort (www.skiheavenly.com) began making snow last night – signaling that the Lake Tahoe snowsports season is just days away if temperatures continue to cooperate. The West Coast’s largest snowmaking system, combined with recent storms that have dropped another five inches of new snow on Heavenly’s slopes, gives the resort’s guests confidence that they will be skiing and riding on the best snow surfaces in Tahoe on Heavenly’s opening day, scheduled for Friday, November 21.
Under optimum conditions, Heavenly can cover 73 percent of its trails in machine-made snow, by far the most in the Lake Tahoe basin. In more visual terms, Heavenly can produce three-and-a-half feet of snow over one acre in an hour. That’s enough snow to blanket a football field with eight-and-a-half feet during an average three-hour game.
“It’s comforting to know that when it’s cold, we have snow,” said John Wagnon, Heavenly’s vice president of marketing and sales. “Our guests can be confident that come opening day they’ll be skiing and riding on the best and most consistent snow surface at Lake Tahoe.”
With cold temperatures finally upon us, Heavenly officials felt it was time to give Mother Nature a helping hand by laying down a base of snow for the winter. For this season Heavenly’s snowmaking has been expanded to include Stagecoach run; covering an additional eight acres of terrain with snowmaking.
“Snowmaking is really all about putting down a solid product skiers and riders can depend on from the get-go,” said Jim Larmore, Heavenly’s director of snow surfaces. “This system is so
efficient; it packs more punch than all the other snowmaking systems in the Tahoe basin combined.”
Heavenly has begun making snow at the top of the Gondola, on Orion and upper Comet, two of its signature runs on the Nevada side.
For information on booking a snowsports vacation package or purchasing a Heavenly season pass, or to monitor the snowmaking process via Heavenly’s web cams, visit www.skiheavenly.com.
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.  In addition to Heavenly, Vail Resorts, Inc. owns and operates the Colorado mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone, 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 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 www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.

For more information on Heavenly Mountain Resort, please visit www.skiheavenly.com or call 1-800-HEAVENLY.


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