Heavenly Mountain Resort in Lake Tahoe opened the California side of the resort on December 21.
The opening expands available terrain to include Ridge Run, Patsy’s, Maggie’s, Skyline Trail, Sky Chute, and the beginner areas of the Enchanted Forest and DMZ near the California Main Lodge. With the opening of Skyline Trail and California Trail, guests will be able to ski and ride to and from the California side to the Nevada side and access top-to-bottom skiing and riding on the Nevada side. With the California opening, the resort will operate 19 lifts, accessing 17 trails and 13.5 miles of skiable terrain.
The Heavenly Ski and Ride School will offer both adult and children’s lessons out of the California Main Lodge.
“The storm that came through Thursday delivered 4” of quality natural snow along with really cold temperatures that allowed us to maximize the power of our massive snowmaking system. That blast of natural and machine-made snow gets us the California side,” said Pete Sonntag, vice president and chief operating officer of Heavenly.
Elsewhere in Lake Tahoe, Vail Mountain Resorts, of which Heavenly is a subisidary, recently entered into an agreement under its RockResorts brand to manage the new Constellation Residences at Northstar. Beginning this winter season, the property name will officially change to Constellation Residences at Northstar, A RockResort.
The ski and snowboard season started early this year in Lake Tahoe. Nearby Northstar on the North Shore of the lake was able to open November 22 after a round of early-season snowmaking.