Heavenly Continues to Open More Terrain

27 January 2012
New Snow Combined with Superior Snowmaking Systems Allow Vail Resorts Properties to Offer Finest Conditions at Lake Tahoe
 
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE and TRUCKEE, Calif. – Jan. 27, 2012 – Fresh off a powerful Lake Tahoe snowstorm that dropped over four feet of new snow over three days, Heavenly Mountain Resort and Northstar California Resort have announced that they will open more new terrain for the upcoming weekend. The new natural snowfall combined with two resorts’ expertise in snowmaking and grooming allow them to lay claim to the most open trails and finest surface conditions Lake Tahoe has to offer.
 
After receiving five feet of new snow, Northstar has opened 89 trails accessed by 15 lifts featuring top-to-bottom skiing and riding on 2,280 vertical feet of terrain. The resort also has Lake Tahoe’s only 22-foot Superpipe, 20 terrain park features, all three of its on-mountain lodges open daily, as well as lift-served snow tubing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
 
“It will be obvious to our guests that when a commitment to early-season snowmaking gets a little help from Mother Nature, the results are truly impressive,” said Bill Rock, chief operating officer at Northstar. “While we wait for more snow to fall, we will continue to make snow and offer our guests access to the the best snow conditions, most open trails and most complete winter mountain resort experience in North Lake Tahoe.”
 
On Lake Tahoe’s South Shore, Heavenly received nearly four feet of new snow, allowing it to open 66 trails accessed by 24 lifts with top-to-bottom skiing and riding on Lake Tahoe’s longest vertical drop of 3,500 feet.  The resort also continues to offer Ante Up Terrain Park featuring 20 jibs and two 50-foot jumps, as well as the West Coast’s largest tubing operation. For the weekend, Heavenly plans to open Galaxy Chairlift and the associated trails, Groove Terrain Park with six jumps and 18 creative features, and Lakeview Lodge, which is the final of Heavenly’s nine on-mountain restaurants to open.

“Heavenly’s elevation, the highest of any Lake Tahoe resort at over 10,000 feet, combined with our superior snowmaking and grooming, plus a little help from Mother Nature equals some of the finest skiing and snowboarding conditions Lake Tahoe has to offer,” said Pete Sonntag, Heavenly’s general manager. “With the President’s holiday coming up, Heavenly and Northstar are uniquely positioned to offer the best winter resort experience at Lake Tahoe.”
 
Heavenly is offering 33 percent off President’s Week if guests book before February 10, 2012. Prices start as low as $108 per person. Stay & Ski Free lodging packages start at just $115 per person, per night at Northstar. Some restrictions apply.
 
For conditions updates or more information, visit www.NorthstarCalifornia.com and www.skiheavenly.com.
About Heavenly Mountain Resort
Heavenly Mountain Resort is a world-class destination offering guests a one-of-a-kind combination of scenic beauty and exhilarating on-snow experience. Heavenly is a subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc., the leading mountain resort operator in the United States.  One of the largest resorts in North America, Heavenly spans 4800 acres, climbs to Lake Tahoe’s highest elevation at 10,067 feet and features more than 94 trails for every level of skier or snowboarder.  For more information on Heavenly Mountain Resort, please visit www.skiheavenly.com or call 800-HEAVENLY.
 
About Northstar California Resort
One of the finest year-round mountain resorts in North America, Northstar is host to a base area village featuring unique shops and restaurants, a conference center, 9,000 square foot outdoor skating rink, movie theaters, on-site lodging, special events and more. A winter sport enthusiast’s paradise, Northstar offers 97 ski trails spread across 3,170 acres, award-winning terrain parks and snow sports including alpine and Telemark skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and tubing. Summer activities include mountain biking, golfing, scenic lift rides for sightseeing and hiking, horseback riding, fly-fishing and more.
 
Northstar is located on Highway 267, just six miles north of Lake Tahoe and six miles south of downtown Truckee. For more information, call 1.800.GO.NORTH (1.800.466.6784) or visit www.NorthstarCalifornia.com.
About Vail Resorts
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resort properties of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado, and the Heavenly Ski Resort and Northstar California Resort in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada, and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties across the United States and in the Caribbean. 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.

Contact(s)

Sally Gunter

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

Jessica VanPernis

Email: jvanpernis@vailresorts.com
Phone: (530)562-3866
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