Heavenly to Open Killebrew Canyon

17 March 2012
2-4 Feet of Snow Allows Resort to Open More Expert Terrain; Resort 100 Percent Open
Heavenly Mountain Resort, Calif./Nev. – March 17, 2012 – While many people are thinking green on St. Patty’s Day, Heavenly Mountain Resort is thinking white and lots of it. With between two and four feet of new snow in the last 24 hours, Heavenly plans to open Killebrew Canyon on Sunday, marking the first time this season the double-black, off-piste terrain has been open.
“Miracle March has arrived at Lake Tahoe. All this new snow has allowed us to open Killebrew Canyon, featuring some of the most extreme terrain you’ll find anywhere,” said Pete Sonntag, Heavenly’s general manager. “This storm has set us up for incredible spring skiing and riding all the way through the end of the season.”
Since Friday, March 16, Heavenly has received between 24-48” of new snow and is 100 percent open. Heavenly encourages guests to use caution when skiing off-piste and avoid the lower elevation off-piste areas, as they may not contain as much of a snow base as the higher elevations.
Photos from today are attached and b-roll is available here. A video with guest comments is available at http://www.youtube.com/v/GNCkcWqpyAU.
Buy Early, Save More
The best value in season passes is now available for the 2012-13 winter season. The new Tahoe Local Pass, priced at $419, gives pass holders seven-day-per-week access to more than 10,000 total skiable acres between Heavenly Mountain Resort, Northstar California, and Kirkwood Mountain Resort, marking the most combined terrain in Tahoe. Prices are only guaranteed through April 15, 2012, and can be locked in with a $49 down-payment. Skiers and riders who purchase the new Tahoe Local Pass or the Tahoe Value Pass before April 15 will receive an added benefit of six buddy tickets for family and friends to enjoy next ski season.
Spend Spring Skiing Tahoe’s Best Conditions - $85 per person per night
Enjoy your spring on the slopes under the California sun at Heavenly. For just $85 per person, per night, you can spend three nights and ski or ride two days at Heavenly this spring and get the third night and day free.
Spring Loaded at Heavenly – March 31-April 15
Spend the spring at Heavenly, where you’ll enjoy back-to-back events and great skiing and riding. The annual Spring Loaded at Heavenly combines the best of spring and winter with two weeks of parties, pond skimming, concerts, the Gunbarrel 25, a Ski Patrol Fundraiser and springtime mischief. Prices start as low as $145 per person for three nights lodging and two days of skiing or riding at Heavenly.
Winter Snow Blast – March 17 and April 14
Four big weekends of on-mountain concerts and après ski entertainment, followed by nights of live music. The final Winter Snow Blast is on Saturday, April 14, with a live on-mountain concert at Heavenly’s Adventure Peak. Then catch Little Feat at 7:00 p.m. in the South Shore Room at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. To book your Heavenly Winter Snow Blast weekend or to purchase show tickets, www.ltsnowblast.com.
About Heavenly
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 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 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 Heavenly and Northstar 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. 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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Sally Gunter

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