Best of Tahoe Resorts Prepare to Open Summer Activities

20 May 2015
  • Northstar Mountain Bike + Hike Park to Open May 22
  • Heavenly Opening Memorial Day Weekend for Sightseeing and Dining, Full Time Operations Resume June 12 With the Debut of New Hot Shot Zip Line
  • Mountain Biking, Hiking and Disc Golf at Kirkwood Begin July 3
The Best of Tahoe resorts, Heavenly Mountain Resort, Northstar California Resort and Kirkwood Mountain Resort, are gearing up for a summer filled with mountain biking, hiking, zip lining, sightseeing, golf, dining and more, kicking off on Friday, May 22 with the opening of the Northstar Mountain Bike + Hike Park. 2015-16 winter season pass holders can enjoy summer benefits including free lift access for sightseeing and hiking. Pass holder access does not include bike haul lift ticket.
 
“Lake Tahoe is a beloved summer recreation destination, a place where families come to be active together, spend time outdoors, and make memories in a spectacular setting,” said Beth Howard, vice president and general manager at Northstar California Resort. “The Best of Tahoe Resorts are elevating that tradition, literally, with world class mountain-top activities. Visitors to our resorts will experience everything from the tranquility of hiking among alpine wildflowers at Kirkwood, to the exhilaration of Heavenly’s 3,300-foot Blue Streak Zip Line, and the camaraderie of developing new skills with the Northstar Bike Academy.”
 
Heavenly Mountain Resort will operate the Heavenly Gondola during Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday-Monday, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., offering sightseeing via the scenic gondola ride and the mid-station observation deck, with limited hiking trails and dining options at Tamarack Lodge, Café Blue and Heavenly Donuts. On June 12, Heavenly will open for full seven-day-a-week summer operations with the debut of the resort’s new four line Hot Shot Zip Line, along with the Discovery Forest Ropes Course and Boulder Cove Ropes Course, opened in summer 2014. The Blue Streak Zip Line, Black Bear Ropes Course and summer tubing will open full-time on Friday, June 26.
 
On May 14, 2015, Heavenly’s Epic Discovery project received final approval, with plans to break ground on select activities in summer 2015. Epic Discovery is designed to engage guests with their national forests and enrich their appreciation for the natural environment. Included in the proposal are a gravity-based alpine coaster, sky cycle canopy tour, mountain excursion tour, ridge top lookout tower and observation deck, additional zip line and canopy tours, a mountain bike park, and new multi-use trails that will connect to the local trail system.
 
The Northstar Golf Course is open in full swing and offers guests Tahoe’s Best Resort Golf Value and most playable course, featuring generous fairways on the front nine playing through Martis Valley’s open meadow. The back nine offers golfers true mountain golf winding through pine and aspen trees and maneuvering the Martis Creek.
 
Northstar offers the ultimate daily mountain bike coaching packages through the Bike Academy, taking riders’ technique to the next level and offering packages complete with bike rental, lift ticket, protective gear and helmet as well as coaching, starting at $125. Beginning June 26, Northstar will open for full seven-day-a-week summer operations. The weekly women’s-only mountain bike ride, Pumps on Pedals, will be hosted for a second season at Northstar each Friday evening from June 26 through September 4. Ladies of all skill and experience levels can take to the trails alongside other women riders as they learn from the phenomenal women coaches, supporting and motivating each other as they descend the mountain.
 
New for the 2015-16 summer season Northstar offers the Summer Fun Pass to families looking to enjoy all-inclusive activities in The Village at Northstar. Just $49 gets kids and kids-at-heart access to roller skating, gem panning, mini golf, the bungee trampoline, new climbing wall and spider web climber. The Lift + Lunch package allows guests to enjoy a scenic gondola ride up the mountain, where they can explore hiking trails and enjoy lunch at the Downhill Grille located on the deck of the Big Springs Lodge. 
 
Kirkwood Mountain Resort will be open on weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from July 3 – September 6, with lift-accessed mountain biking and hiking trails, as well as DiscWood, Kirkwood’s own disc golf course. In the Village Plaza, Kirkwood will host the Kirkwood Volunteer Fire Department BBQ on July 4 from 3:30-6:30 p.m., as well as the 14th Annual Thin Air Chili Cook Off on September 5 at 12:30p.m. Wildflower expert and author Laird Blackwell will lead Guided Wildflower Hikes through Kirkwood Meadow on July 25 at 1 p.m. and July 26 at 10 a.m., departing from the General Store.
 
May 25 is the Last Chance to Lock In The Tahoe Local PassFor Winter 2015-16 With $49 Down for the Lowest Guaranteed Price and Two Buddy Tickets
The Tahoe Local Pass™ is the best way to access Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood seven days a week, plus five days in Colorado and Utah. It includes Saturday access at all three Tahoe resorts with limited holiday restrictions, all for $479. Pass holder tickets are available for purchase for 50 percent off during blackout dates at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood. The Tahoe Local Pass pays for itself in fewer than four days.  New for the 2015-16 season, the Tahoe Local Pass now includes five days of non-holiday skiing and riding to Utah’s Park City, soon to be the U.S.’ largest ski resort, and Colorado’s Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Arapahoe Basin.
 
About Best of Tahoe Resorts
Collectively, Heavenly Mountain Resort, Northstar California Resort and Kirkwood Mountain Resort offer guests unmatched variety, the highest standard of guest service, the most terrain with 10,270 skiable acres, and access to the region’s finest snow surface conditions through state-of-the-art snowmaking and acclaimed natural snow depth. The Best of Tahoe resorts, subsidiaries of Vail Resorts, Inc., represent the essence of Lake Tahoe’s most famed characteristics – including Heavenly’s unrelenting, high-energy party atmosphere, Northstar’s renown for laid-back California luxury and Kirkwood’s prized bounty of authentic, big-mountain terrain and prodigious snow depth. Each resort’s unique characteristics complement one another and combine to offer skiers and riders the Best of Tahoe experience.
 
About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Park City and Canyons in Utah; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. 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.
 

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Kevin "Coop" Cooper

Communications/PR Manager
Email: kcooper1@vailresorts.com
Phone: (209) 258-7215

Sally Gunter

Heavenly Communications Manager
Email: sgunter@vailresorts.com
Phone: (775) 586-4451
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