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New Summer Activities at Heavenly

Three ropes courses, 3,300 ft. zip line, day camp for kids and more!

Heavenly employee in Black Bear Challenge CourseHeavenly Mountain Resort has upped the ante on summer fun, introducing new adventures at the top of the Heavenly Gondola for Summer 2014. Summertime guests will have the opportunity to swing through the trees and fly through the air on new experiences including the Boulder Cove and Black Bear Challenge Courses, the Discovery Forest Canopy Course and the 3,300 foot-long Blue Streak zip line. On Friday, June 13, Heavenly Mountain Resort will open these expanded offerings to the public seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through September 1. From September 5 until September 28, summer activities will be available Friday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

“Our new activities appeal to the spectrum of summer visitors: Families with young children will love the Black Bear Ropes Course, with routes for all ability levels,” says Pete Sonntag, vice president and COO of Heavenly. “The Blue Streak zip line is great for the adrenaline junkie looking to take in Heavenly’s breath-taking views while flying along at speeds up to 55 miles per hour. While there is a wide variety of fun to be had at the top of the Heavenly Gondola this summer, all of our guests will enjoy the unique experience of getting away and above it all in one of the most beautiful alpine environments in the world.”

The three new ropes challenge courses and Blue Streak zip line will add to the current summer activities at the top of the Gondola including hiking, sightseeing, Spider Climber, climbing wall, and dining at Tamarack Lodge. Tahoe’s only summer tubing hill is also expected to open in late June, and the Boulder Cove Challenge Course will open on June 27. Gondola sightseeing tickets are $39 for adults, $21 for children (5-12), $33 for teens (13-18) and seniors (65+). Kids four years and younger are free. Access to Tamarack Express chairlift at the top of the Gondola is free with Gondola ticket purchase. Prices for activities at the top of the Gondola are $50 for the Blue Streak zip line, $60 for the Discovery Forest Canopy Course, $50 for the Black Bear Challenge Course and the Boulder Cove Challenge Course, and $10 for each ten minutes on the climbing wall. Once open, summer tubing will cost $10 for three rides. All activity tickets are available for purchase at the bottom of the Gondola. The Spider Climber, Black Bear Hollow play area, and hiking trails are free.

Construction will resume on a four-line zip line center adjacent to Big Easy chairlift, with an estimated debut in late summer. The second phase of Heavenly’s expanded summer activities has been submitted and is currently under review by the USDA Forest Service and Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

Discovery Day Camp for Kids

New for Summer 2014, Discovery Day Camp welcomes children ages 5-12 for a day of exploration and adventure. From June 20 to September 1, Discovery Day Camp will operate seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Children begin their day with a scenic 2.4 mile gondola ride to the top of Heavenly Mountain Resort, including a stop at the observation deck with panoramic views of Lake Tahoe.  Once they reach the top, the day is filled with varying activities ranging from tubing, rock wall climbing, challenge courses, chair ride to the summit, hiking, relay games, conservation education and nature crafts. The cost for one day is $95 and two consecutive days is $170, including lunch at Tamarack Lodge, with menu options available at check-in. Discovery Day Camp drop off and pick up is centrally located in the Heavenly Village, between Patagonia and Heavenly Sports, adjacent to the Gondola base station. Reservations are required to guarantee a spot. Walk-ins are based on availability. For information and reservations, call 1-800-HEAVENLY or contact Michelle Peterlin:

Gondola and Lunch Special

The Gondola and Lunch Special includes a scenic Gondola ticket and $15 Food and Beverage voucher. The Gondola and Lunch Special is $49 for adults, $43 for teens (13-18), $28 for children (5-12, with $10 Food and Beverage Voucher) and $43 for seniors (65+). Kids four and under ride the gondola for free.

Summer Season Pass

For the best value on two or more Gondola rides, the Summer Season Pass offers unlimited and unrestricted access to the Gondola and Tamarack Express chair for Summer 2014. The Summer Season Pass is $70 for adults, $50 for children and teens (5-18), and $50 for seniors (65+).

Closing Dates for Tahoe Ski Resorts

All good things must come to an end, but not before Tahoe ski resorts throw some epic on-mountain parties. The weather is getting warmer, and nature must run its course. Soon the snow will melt and turn into water to feed Reno Tahoe’s wonderful lakes and rivers. Maybe the powder you shredded this winter will be the same water that you float down the Truckee in this summer! Here is a list of the closing dates for most of the Tahoe ski resorts:

Alpine Meadows – Will operate 7 days/ week through April 20 and then will be open weekends into May

Boreal- April 20

Diamond Peak- April 13

Heavenly – April 20

Kirkwood – April 27

Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe – April 20

Northstar California – April 20

Sierra-at-Tahoe – April 20

Squaw Valley – April 27

Sugar Bowl – TBD

Do not worry! There are plenty exciting things to do this spring and summer to keep you occupied until the next ski season! Check out 11 things you can do while you wait for the first dump of 2014!

Lake Tahoe Ski Resort Storm Totals March 26-March 30

Last weekend might have been the best ski days of the year so far at Lake Tahoe resorts, and now Mother Nature is refilling those epic tracks for round in the coming weekend.

Here are the storm totals from last week, and another 1-2 feet is on the way!

Sugar Bowl: 60”@squawvalley

Boreal: 54″

Squaw Valley: 45″

Diamond Peak: 42″

Sierra-at-Tahoe: 40″

Alpine Meadows: 29″

Northstar: 25″

Kirkwood: 20″

Heavenly: 19″

Mt. Rose: 12”

Homewood’s Summer Happenings

Homewood Mountain Resort and the West Shore Cafe also have new happenings slated for summer 2014.

header_vinfoThe West Shore Cafe will offer three new personal watercrafts rentals from SWA Watersports, bolstering its fleet that includes a wooden boat, a fishing boat and a ski boat, all buoyed off of the West Shore Cafe pier.

The cafe also expanded its bar on the outdoor deck in order to provide a better experience for guests. The interior bar was stretched into an L shape, giving patrons a panoramic view of Lake Tahoe as they indulge in craft cocktails and apps.

Homewood has hosted the Lakefront Outdoor Yoga Series in past summers, but this summer, the resort will offer the yoga series on the pier of the West Shore Cafe every Wednesday and Saturday morning. The series runs from June to August. Learn more at

In addition, Homewood will host three Farm to Peak dinners on the mountain overlooking Lake Tahoe. Guests will ride a chairlift to the top of the mountain, where they will be treated to a five-course seasonal farm-to-table dinner complete with wine or beer pairings, with guest chefs incorporating the freshest locally sourced ingredients.

The Farm to Peak dinners will take place July 5, Aug. 9 and Aug. 30 and are limited to 120 guests.

Lake Tahoe Ski Resort Storm Totals Feb 27-March 2

February is wrapping up, but not before another layer of pow as we head into March! Here are the resort totals for Lake Tahoe resorts after the last storm:

Photo: andrew klotzKirkwood: 45″

Squaw Valley: 37″

Boreal: 35″

Sugar Bowl: 32”

Sierra-at-Tahoe: 28″

Alpine Meadows: 26″

Northstar: 21″

Heavenly: 20″

Homewood: 17″

Diamond Peak: 14″

Mt. Rose: 10”

Lake Tahoe Ski Resort Storm Totals February 8-10

This past weekend, the Sierra was pounded with fresh powder! As the storm total numbers show, February is a great month for Tahoe skiers and snowboarders.

Kirkwood: 82″

Sierra-at-Tahoe: 74″

Squaw Valley: 68″

Alpine Meadows: 63″

Sugar Bowl: 61″

Boreal: 60″

Mt. Rose: 51”

Homewood: 49″

Diamond Peak: 48″

Northstar: 44″

Heavenly: 34″

So…why haven’t you left for the mountain yet?

Lake Tahoe Ski Resort Storm Totals February 5-7

As you may have seen in our PHOTO BLOG, February has been very kind to the slopes of Tahoe. Some resorts received more snow than others, but here are some of the more notable storm totals from this first week of February.

Storm totals:

Sierra-at-Tahoe: 8″

Northstar: 3″

Sugar Bowl: 13″

Alpine Meadows: 6″

Squaw Valley: 6″

Boreal: 8″

Kirkwood: 9″

And we’re just getting started. Check back again next week, because we expect much more snow to quell your powder cravings!

Ski Lift Discounts for Tahoe Resorts


The Sierra Avalanche Center has partnered with five Tahoe ski resorts to provide lift tickets for a lower cost. Take advantage of these deals, you do not want to miss out on these phenomenal bargains!




Mt. Rose

Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows

Tickets are selling quickly, so do not hesitate to get on that mountain!

Proceeds will go toward the Sierra Avalanche Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to avalanche safety and prevention.

Lake Tahoe Ski Resort Storm Totals January 29-31

Earn your wings for the Big Game Sunday with a few powder turns on the mountain before heading to these awesome parties.


Storm totals:

Heavenly: 24”

Mt. Rose: 17”

Sierra-at-Tahoe: 16”

Diamond Peak: 14”

Northstar: 14”

Sugar Bowl: 11”

Alpine Meadows: 10”

Squaw Valley: 10”

Boreal: 8”

Niner $49 Lift Ticket Deals MLK Weekend

Tackle this three-day weekend with beautiful top to bottom skiing/boarding, sunshine, clear roads and last minute deals!

Score Big:

At Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe, sport your Red & Gold for your $49 lift ticket Jan 18-19.

Homewood Mountain Resort skiers just need to say “Go Niners!” to the ticket window attendant to get the discounted price – a saving of $30 off the regular Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend adult rates. Valid through Sunday’s NFC Championship Game.