New Snow Allows Heavenly to Open Milky Way Bowl

15 February 2012
18” of Snow Since Monday Allows Resort to Open More Expert Terrain
Heavenly Mountain Resort, Calif./Nev. – February 15, 2012 – After receiving 12” of new snow on Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, Heavenly Mountain Resort will open Milky Way Bowl for the first time this season, giving the resort additional expert and off-piste terrain. Heavenly will have 50 percent of the resort open, totaling 2,400 acres.
“Mother Nature has finally come through at a perfect time, as we head into the President’s holiday. Our guests can expect a great variety of terrain and LakeTahoe’s best surface conditions for their trip,” said Pete Sonntag, Heavenly’s general manager. “February and March are traditionally our snowiest months, and it looks like the storm door may be opening. We hope this means big snow for the rest of the season.”
Since Monday, February 13, Heavenly has received 18” of new snow, and the entire upper mountain will now be open. Heavenly encourages guests to stay on the open trails as obstacles may still exist off the maintained runs.
Photos from today are attached, courtesy of Heavenly Mountain Resort.
Leap Year = an Extra Day of Skiing and an Extra Night of Lodging for Free!
Leap Year means an extra day in February, so why not spend it doing something you love? Come up for a weekend, and Heavenly will extend it a day by including a third night and third day of skiing or riding free. Prices start as low as $295 per person for three nights lodging and three days of lift tickets and must be booked by February 20.
Highway to Heavenly
Three Fridays in a row, on Feb. 10, 17 and 24, the Highway to Heavenly ski limousine will drive around San Francisco and whisk a group of up to four friends away to Heavenly for the weekend. To win, four friends must dress in ski gear, go to any San Francisco bar on Friday night and Tweet a photo to @Hwy2Heavenly. The most enthusiastic, ski-ready Twitter photo will win the trip that very same night and be transported to Heavenly in the limo.
The weekend trip includes a two-night stay in a suite at MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa, skiing or riding on Saturday and Sunday with equipment and lift tickets included, a three-hour private ski or snowboard lesson and mountain tour, a chauffeured limo, $450 per person to spend on food and drinks, and more.
Stateline Showdown – February 18
Tahoe South Winter Snow Blast Weekends – February 25
Heavenly and Harrah’s Lake Tahoe team up to bring Tahoe South Winter Snow Blast 2012, four big weekends of on-mountain concerts and après ski entertainment, followed by nights of live music and a hot new club scene. On Saturday, February 25, a live on-mountain concert at Heavenly’s Adventure Peak will be followed by Unbuckle at Tamarack, Tahoe’s Ultimate Après Party. Then G. Love and The Special Sauce will perform live in the South Shore Room at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. To book a South Shore Winter Snow Blast weekend or to purchase show tickets, log on to or call (800) 786-8208.
Unbuckle at Tamarack – daily

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 97 trails for every level of skier or snowboarder. For more information on Heavenly Mountain Resort, please visit 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 and consumer website is
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