Heavenly Valley - Tahoe's largest ski resort.
The Vitals- Vertical 3,527 feet Acres 4,800 Average Snowfall 360+ inches
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On Lake Tahoe's South Shore you will find Monument Peak
rising from the town of South Lake Tahoe to a height of 10,067 feet.
Heavenly encompasses nearly all of this mountain and what isn't Heavenly's
is certainly accessible from there. Because of Heavenly's size,
it helps to know the best ways to get around. If you don't, your likely
to end up in the flats from time to time. Here are some tips for getting
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What's New -
Photos from 11/28/05
Article- Exploring outside Heavenly's gates -12/15/05
For the first time in many years, Heavenly doesn't have too much in the way of a major facilities upgrade going on this year. There are some minor upgrades going on to the top of the Gondola as well as the California Lodge. The big news will be the 'Park in the Dark', Heavenly's new High Roller Night Life Terrain Park. The park will be open from 5-9pm Th-Sat at the California Base area.
More changes are on the way this year as Vail Resorts continues its much needed improvements to Heavenly's infrastructure. At the top of the tram, both Powderbowl and Waterfall Chairlifts are being replaced by a high speed six-pac that will go as high as the old Powderbowl Chair. This will get you up top faster as well as eliminate the need for two lift crews on busy days. East Peak is getting a lid over much of it's deck as well as more bathrooms without having to go downstairs. For my money, however, the biggest change will be on paper if the rumors are true. High placed officials have mentioned that the boundaries will be open with gates this year. This would mean 'legal' access to such treasures as Firebreak, Raley's Bowl, Palisades, and perhaps even the Carson Valley Express. When the snow is right thats 5,100 feet of vertical in one run that is virtually untouchable in the US.
In the past, Heavenly has suffered from a lack of true beginner's
terrain. Almost all their green runs had at least one section that would
require more skills than a newcomer to the sport could possess. The development
zone at the California Lodge was affectionately referred to as the DMZ
by the coaches that taught there. A beginner couldn't experience the true
alpine feeling that would often lead to a second day. All this has changed
this year with the addition of Adventure Peak at the top of the Gondola.
In one expansive area you'll find a sledding hill, a tubing hill, a magic
carpet lift, a beginner surface tow, and a beginner chair. Put them together and
they form a natural progression for any beginner lesson. The beautiful
thing is that you get all this in an alpine setting without a chain link
fence or a parking lot in sight. Additionally, Heavenly has replaced the
old slow Canyon chair with a new high-speed quad giving quick access to
the advanced terrain park.