Winter Is back: Heavenly receives new snow, begins snowmaking operations

Heavenly resort overlooking Lake Tahoe, California.

Taking a cue from the three to six inches of snow Mother Nature provided on Monday, Heavenly Mountain Resort will fire up the largest snowmaking system on the West Coast tonight and begin making snow at the top of Gondola, on California Trail and Orion’s Run. Combining natural snowfall, snowmaking horsepower and Lake Tahoe’s highest elevation, guests are assured the best, most consistent and reliable snow surfaces when Heavenly opens for skiing and snowboarding on Friday, November 16, 2012.

“Last season, our guests saw how important snowmaking is to the overall ski and ride experience,” said Pete Sonntag, Heavenly’s general manager. “This early natural snow is encouraging and is, hopefully, an indicator for a big season of snowfall ahead. But, if that doesn’t happen, our guests can be confident in our commitment to provide the best possible snow conditions.” 

With a winter storm warning in effect until Tuesday morning, the forecast for the remainder of the week calls for snow until Thursday, with up to 32 total inches expected in the higher elevations. Historically, almost every year that Heavenly has experienced significant snowfall in October, the following winter was above average. The average October snowfall total is 3.06 inches, with October 2004 experiencing the most recent largest snowfall for the month (24”). The 2004-05 winter recorded the fifth biggest snowfall season on record. With outlets like Accuweather calling for a return to normal snowfall for winter 2012-13, Lake Tahoe’s high annual snowfall average should position Heavenly for a big winter.

If Mother Nature doesn’t come through as anticipated, under optimum conditions, Heavenly can cover 73 percent of its 97 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.

The Pow Package

This season, Heavenly will be offering a limited-time only, exclusive lodging deal whenever the resort receives six or more inches of new snowfall overnight. Beginning at midnight tonight, Heavenly will offer its first Pow Package, which includes 50 percent off two nights lodging and one free day of skiing. Prices start as low as $111 per person. This deal is only available until midnight on Sunday, October 28. Valid: November 18-December 20, 2012; Sunday-Thursday nights.

For skiers and snowboarders planning ahead, Heavenly Tahoe Vacations, Heavenly’s reservations office, offers guests an ‘Early Booking Snow Guarantee,’ which provides a refund or change of dates if less than 50 percent of the 97 runs are open seven days prior to arrival and no less than 48 hours prior to arrival. This offer is valid December 15-March 31.

Epic Pass

The Epic Pass remains unmatched in value, price and experience with unlimited, unrestricted access to 8 world-class resorts in the U.S., and 3 free days at Verbier and Les 4 Vallées, Switzerland. Ski or ride more than six days in one season and, priced at only US$699, the Epic Pass pays for itself, then ski or ride as many additional days as you’d like for free! Vail Resorts’ entire season pass lineup offers something for every type of skier and snowboarder, including four different season pass options in Lake Tahoe ranging in price from US$419 to US$699.

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