Heavenly Receives 12-18" of Snow

01 April 2012
Conditions Ideal for Spring Skiing and Riding
South Lake Tahoe, Calif./Nev. – April 1, 2012 – It’s no April Fool’s joke. Heavenly Mountain Resort has received between 12-18” of fresh snow since Saturday, improving Tahoe’s best snow surfaces and setting the resort up for weeks of great spring skiing conditions. During the month of March, Heavenly received 110” of snow.
“It may be April 1, but there’s still a lot of season left at Heavenly. This new snow sets us up perfectly for terrific spring skiing and riding well into April,” said Pete Sonntag, Heavenly’s general manager. “The extra days we will be open, plus this fresh powder, are only adding to the value for our passholders.”
Heavenly announced last week that the resort will extend its operation to include the weekends of April 20-22, 2012 and April 27-29, 2012, weather and conditions permitting. The Heavenly Gondola, Tamarack Express and Dipper Express, with a limited expert-only operation at Gunbarrel Express, will all be open during those days.
New 2012-13 pass holders already received one free day in April 2012 with the purchase of next season’s pass, and now their 2012-13 pass will grant them access to the entire extended portion of the season, as many as six days at Heavenly, weather and conditions permitting.
The 16th Annual Spring Loaded festival is underway, with concerts, the Gunbarrel 25 hosted by Glen Plake on April 7, Lake Tahoe Pond Skimming World Championship on April 14-15, and the Ski Patrol Fundraiser on April 14.
B-roll from today is available here.
2012-13 Season Passes on Sale
Vail Resorts recently announced the best value in 2012-13 season passes, including the new Tahoe Local Pass that provides access to more than 10,000 total skiable acres between Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood, marking the most combined terrain in Tahoe. Priced at $419, Tahoe Local pass holders receive seven-day-per-week access the three best resorts in the Tahoe region for $80 less than last year’s comparable Epic Local Pass. For details on all pass options, visit epicpass.com or skiheavenly.com.
Lock In Early, Receive Buddy Tickets
Early spring benefits are only guaranteed through April 15, 2012, and Vail Resorts is giving guests the option to lock in these prices now with a $49 down payment, with the remainder of the balance due in mid-September 2012. Locking in the Tahoe Local or Tahoe Value pass with the $49 down payment also gives pass holders access to six Buddy Tickets to use for themselves, or for skiing or riding with friends.
Ski Free and Stay Free
One of Heavenly’s most popular deals is back - Ski Free, Stay Free. Book anywhere from three to 10 nights and receive one night of lodging and one day skiing or riding free. This is one of Heavenly’s most flexible deals and includes a large variety of lodging options, so there is virtually something for everyone. Valid until April 15, 2012 and must book by April 8, 2012.
About Heavenly
Heavenly Mountain Resort is a world-class destination offering guests a one-of-a-kind combination of scenic beauty, exhilarating on-snow experience and nightlife unmatched in the ski industry. 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 97 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 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 mountain resorts in Colorado, and the Heavenly Ski Resort and Northstar-at-Tahoe 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.


Sally Gunter

Senior Communications Manager
Email: sgunter@vailresorts.com
Phone: 9707543001
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