Heavenly Takes Summer Sightseeing Experience To New Heights

25 June 2009

• New Summit Ticket Takes Guests to 9,725 Feet in Elevation
• Summit Ticket and Guided Eco Walk Lets Explorers Learn More About Lake Tahoe

Heavenly Mountain Resort, Calif./Nev. – June 25, 2009 – Already the top spot for views of Lake Tahoe, Heavenly Mountain Resort (www.skiheavenly.com) added two new experiences to its summer line-up that will make its guests feel like they’re on top of the world. The new Heavenly Summit Ticket products allow sightseeing guests to ride a chairlift to 9,725 feet elevation, nearly 3,500 feet above lake level, to soak in unparalleled views of the Lake Tahoe basin and the Carson Valley.

“The Heavenly Summit Ticket adventures give our guests the opportunity to experience Lake Tahoe from a new perspective – 9,725 feet,” said Michael Allen, Heavenly’s Director of Ski School and Guest Services. “Add that to our current Adventure Peak offerings, including the Heavenly Flyer zip line, and Heavenly is an extraordinary summer destination for the entire family.”

From the top of the Heavenly Gondola, the new Heavenly Summit Ticket allows Heavenly’s guests to ride Tamarack Express, a six-person, high-speed, detachable chairlift to 9,725 feet, where they can unload and walk to the top of Dipper Express. The Summit Ticket Guided Eco Walk takes a group of up to 15 guests on a 1.5-mile guided walk where a Heavenly Eco Ranger teaches participants about Lake Tahoe, its native plants, wildlife and people.

The Summit Ticket is available seven days per week from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tickets (including the Gondola ride) are $38 for adults (19 – 64), $32 for teens (13 – 18) and seniors (65+), and $24 dollars for children (5-12) Children four and under are free.

The Summit Ticket Guided Eco Walks meet daily at 11:30 a.m. at the information shack at the base of the stairs at the top of the Gondola. Groups of up to 15 people walk past Dipper Express, along Skyline Trail to the Pinnacles, where they will enjoy a sack lunch. Lunches include an entrée (choice of Heavenly Club Wrap, a Tri Tip Sandwich, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Caesar Salad and Chicken Caesar Salad), chips, fruit and a beverage. Prices are $65 for adults (19 – 64), $55 for teens (13 – 18) and seniors (65+), and $50 for children (5 – 12).
The Heavenly Gondola will operate through September 7 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. for sightseeing. Adventure Peak activities include the Heavenly Flyer zip line, the Spider Climber and the multi-level climbing wall from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Three hiking trails will be open daily, weather permitting, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Due to the sensitivity of our high-alpine environment, guests are asked to stay on the designated trails. Dining choices include Café Blue, serving hot beverages, drinks and light snacks on the observation deck, the full-service Adventure Peak BBQ and the Umbrella Bar at the top of the Gondola; all open daily from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

About Vail Resorts
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading of mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resort properties at the Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone mountain resorts in Colorado, the Heavenly Ski 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 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.

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