Heavenly Mountain Resort
|Heavenly Mountain Resort|
|Location||El Dorado-Toiyabe National Forests
El Dorado County, California / Douglas County, Nevada
|Nearest city||South Lake Tahoe, California|
|Vertical||3,812 ft (1,162 m)|
|Top elevation||10,067 ft (3,068 m)|
|Base elevation||6,255 ft (1,907 m)|
|Skiable area||4,800 acres (1,900 ha)|
|Longest run||5.5 mi (8.9 km) (Olympic)|
|Lift system||30 total: 1 high speed gondola, 1 high speed aerial tram, 2 high speed six passenger chairs, 7 high speed quads, 1 quad, 5 triples, 3 doubles, 6 surface, 4 magic carpets|
|Lift capacity||52,000 passengers/hr|
|Terrain parks||3 Groove Park, Ante Up Park, High Roller Park|
|Snowfall||360 in (910 cm)|
Heavenly Mountain Resort is a ski resort located on the California-Nevada border in South Lake Tahoe. It has 97 runs and 30 lifts that are spread between California and Nevada and four base facilities. The resort has 4,800 acres (1,900 ha) within its permit area, with approximately 33% currently developed for skiing, boasting the highest elevation of the Lake Tahoe area resorts with a peak elevation of 10,067 ft (3,068 m), and a peak lift-service elevation of 10,040 ft (3,060 m) .
Since 2002, Heavenly has been owned by Vail Resorts, which also operates Northstar California and Kirkwood Mountain Resort at Lake Tahoe and seven other ski resorts in Colorado, Utah, Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin (Vail, Breckenridge, Keystone, Beaver Creek, Park City Resort(Canyons), Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton, and Wilmot Mountain).
With an average of 360 in (910 cm) of snow annually, and one of America's largest snowmaking systems, their ski season usually runs from mid November to mid April.
Master development plan
Under the recently approved 10-year Master Plan Amendment, Heavenly can continue to improve their resort with the replacement of fixed grip lifts with high speed detachables. The first of these, Olympic Express, debuted on December 23, 2007. Future lift upgrades include the upgrade of the Galaxy double chair to a high speed detachable quad, the upgrade of the North Bowl triple chair to a high speed detachable quad, the replacement of the Patsy's and Groove triple chairs with a single high speed detachable quad, a high speed detachable lift to replace the Aerial Tram that will terminate at the future Powderbowl Lodge, the extension and conversion of the Mott Canyon double chair to a fixed grip quad that will terminate at the top of Dipper Express, the construction of a fixed grip quad between the base of Sky Express and the top of the Gondola, the reinstallation of the Wells Fargo chair, accessing abandoned terrain on the Nevada side, and the upgrading of Sky Express from a high speed detachable quad to a high speed detachable six-pack.
The Powderbowl Lodge, a 27,650 sq ft (2,569 m2) LEED certified building that will seat 950 people, the Sand Dunes Lodge on the ridge adjacent to the top of the Tamarack Express lift, a skier bridge from the top of the Gondola to Tamarack Express, the complete fleet of low-emission buses, and multiple other projects are currently planned.
Tamarack Express six passenger high speed ski lift with base at 9,136 ft (2,785 m) elevation
The view of Lake Tahoe from one of the Heavenly Doppelmayr gondola lifts
The Gunbarrel mogul run
The lifts built by Doppelmayr are the Big Easy, Canyon Express, Comet Express, Dipper Express, Gondola, Gunbarrel Express, Mott Canyon, Powderbowl Express, Sky Express, Stagecoach Express, and Tamarack Express. The lifts built by Yan are Boulder, First Ride, Groove, Patsy's, and The Ridge. SLI built the Galaxy, Olympic, and World Cup. The oldest is to be the World Cup. Mott Canyon and Galaxy also close relatively early, thus their trails are closed too. Mainly high-speed quads make up the resort. The longest is the Gondola by a longshot. Only two six-packs are present, the Tamarack and Powderbowl. Each lift closes at 4:00 PM except Mott and Galaxy, which close at 3:30. The Yan and SLI double lifts have a very similar appearance in chairs to lines, to terminals, to bull wheels but only the bull wheels are different.
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