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Snowmaking begins at Heavenly!

So you’ve got this passion, this itch? All summer it builds and builds until suddenly, unexpectedly on a crisp early October day, glittery white snow falls from the heavens and signals a new start.  Ullr teased us once again this year with epic early snow.  And now, our snowmakers are hard at work on the mountain making snow with the West Coast’s largest snowmaking operation!

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, my family would frequently visit Lake Tahoe.  My siblings and I would have a contest to see who could spot the first little patch of snow on the side of the road.  This morning, as I drove up Heavenly Mountain to catch the first glimpse of Heavenly’s snowmaking, I was reminded of this game I used to play.  Just as the sun peaked over the mountain tops, our Jeep left fall and entered a wintery wonderland.  It was stunning.  Fresh snow crunched under my shoes as snowflakes stuck to my eyelashes.

Under optimum conditions, Heavenly can cover 73 percent of its trails in machine-made snow, by far the most in the Lake Tahoe basin. In more visual terms, Heavenly can produce three-and-a-half feet of snow over one acre in an hour. That’s enough snow to blanket a football field with eight-and-a-half feet during an average three-hour game.

“Snowmaking is such a critical service that really improves the overall ski and snowboard experience,” said Pete Sonntag, Heavenly’s general manager. “Here at Heavenly, we make snow better than anybody and it’s just another element that differentiates Vail Resorts’ Tahoe properties from the other resorts around the Lake.”

Get ready folks, winter is here! What are you most excited about for the winter season?

First day of snowmaking at Heavenly. Oct. 26, 2011

First day of snowmaking at Heavenly. Oct. 26, 2011

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