With new access to more terrain, wider runs, and expanded resort options, skiers at Tahoe South (http://www.TahoeSouth.com) can anticipate bountiful skiing, boarding, snowmobiling, xc-skiing, snowshoeing with arguably the best combination of beauty, recreation, dining, entertainment, gaming and nightlife in the county for winter.
Vail Resorts, Inc. recently announced that the Company has closed on its acquisition of Kirkwood Mountain Resort at Lake Tahoe, Calif., recognized by skiers and snowboarders as offering some of the best high alpine advanced terrain in North America. The transaction, which included the ski resort and undeveloped sites at the center of the base area, closed for total consideration of approximately $18.0 million. The seller retains a participation interest in the base area parcels and continues to own the remainder of the real estate development sites.
Heavenly Mountain Resort has several new mountain enhancements, including new and wider runs, new grooming machines, ground-breaking EpicMix technology and state-of-the-art learning tools for kids.
Heavenly added three new trails on the Nevada side of the mountain, accessed by the Galaxy Chairlift providing a haven for intermediate and lower-intermediate skiers and snowboarders.
Trails have been widened on the California side making Heavenly’s 4800 acres ski even bigger, spreading people out and allowing more groomed surface for skiers and riders to enjoy.Heavenly added two new Prinoth Beast grooming machines, increasing the largest fleet of the most technologically advanced and efficient groomers on the market to four.
A new 2,200 square-foot ski school facility opened at the top of the Gondola will match the level of its Heavenly’s world-class instructors. Kids can explore in the new adventure zone called Black Bear Hollow, a meandering, low angle skiing and riding trail with groomed whoop-de-doos, entry level progression park features, small rails, gentle jumps, and boxes designed to help youngsters improve.
The next generation of Vail Resorts’ popular ski and snowboard application, EpicMix™ revolutionize how guests take and share photos when it launched this season. Upon request, Heavenly’s photographers will take portrait and action photos and deliver to the guest’s EpicMix account by scanning a guest’s RF-enabled lift ticket or season pass. http://www.skiheavenly.com/
Sierra-at-Tahoe: A number of new features include Huckleberry Cat Tours, The Burton Riglet Park, additions to Blizzard Mountain and more value-added rates.
One current program that has generated unbelievable interest is being credited to the Jedi Force. The resort has been working with Burton Snowboards to expand snowboarding opportunities for young kids, manufacturing smaller gear and creating Learn To Ride programs that break the long held restrictions on snowboard lessons and rentals for kids, 3-6. This season the company called in a little help from the Force, enlisting some Jedi knights in the battle: Sierra at Tahoe’s Burton Star Wars Experience has opened to smashing success. Grand opening video: http://www.youtube.com.
Thrill-seeking expert skiers and boarders will now be able to access the backcountry with the addition of the Huckleberry Canyon Cat tours. The guided tours shave time and energy getting to the canyon’s edge to access cliff and cornice drops, rock chutes, open bowls, gladed runs and powder pillows.
The all-new Blizzard Mountain, a snow play and tubing area features two rope tow-accessible tubing lanes, an expanded snow play area, a bounce house, snack bar, fire pits, picnic tables and sledding. www.SierraAtTahoe.com or call (530) 659-7453.
Kirkwood Mountain Resort has invested over $6 million in capital improvements including upgraded on-slope accommodations at The Mountain Club: new two-bedroom condos converted from hotel suites, full workout room, spa and message treatment facilities. The improvement also comprises a newly re-designed, state of the art rental facility – one of Lake Tahoe’s most complete demo centers and the new Monte lfe’s restaurant.
Expedition: Kirkwood Outfitters, a new $1 million facility, provides special clinics, private guides, backcountry awareness, classroom/conference center, high end retail, demo gear and is the hub for leaning about and exploring the backcountry.
NON-SKI THRILL SEEKERS
For non-skiers South Shore also provides a variety of activities from scenic cruises to sleigh rides, helicopter tours, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and snowmobiling.
Zephyr Cove Snowmobile Center operates from late November until mid-April, featuring lake views at 9,000 feet. Lake Tahoe Adventures offers unguided snowmobile rentals for seasoned riders into the heart of Tahoe’s forest lands to the top of the mountain ridge as well as guided off-the-trail tours for less-experienced adventure seekers. Both locations feature moonlight snowmobile tours along with ride and dine options.
The winter months feature helicopter tours; horse-drawn sleigh rides with Borges Sleigh Rides; dog sled rides; boat cruises on the Tahoe Queen and M.S. Dixie II; and ice skating at the Heavenly Village or indoors at the City of South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena.
Snowshoe and cross country trails abound Hope Valley, Fallen Leaf Lake and Camp Richardson’s 35 kilometers of groomed trails through dense trees and snow-covered beaches.
ENTERTAINMENT, CASINOS, NIGHTLIFE
A variety of nightclubs, bars and lounges tempt visitors into the wee hours at Harrah’s and Harveys, MontBleu, Horizon and Lakeside Inn. Tahoe South is not the ubiquitous ski town. Sometimes it’s big, loud, flashy and a little bit crazy with 24-hours, parties, gaming, special events and top-notch entertainment begs visitors and local to stay up late then do all over again the next day. (Sure, one can also relax, but work hard, play hard comes natural in South Shore.)
A sixth casino, Dotty’s is opening spring/summer 2012 in Stateline along with Brewjangles, a bar and restaurant and a CVS Drug Store. Dotty’s features slots and has 70 locations in the U.S., this location is 6,500 sq.-ft.
Source = Lake Tahoe South