Heavenly Closing Operations Update 2012

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The 2011/12 skiing and riding season is winding down to a close. However, we did extend the season for two weekends beyond the original closing date of April 15, and there are a few changes coming up that you might be curious about.

First, let me say that NOW is the time to purchase your season pass, especially if you aren’t a current pass holder. If you pay for your 2012/13 pass in full, you get free skiing and riding for the remainder of the season for free. Or, if you don’t want to pay for your pass all at once, you can lock in the current price until September with $49 down, with no skiing and riding priveleges on that pass until paid in full.

So, about this extension, here’s the scoop. On the April 15, we will close the mountain Monday through Thursday and reopen, weather and conditions permitting, for the following two weekends, April 20-22, 2012 and April 27-29, 2012.  During the extended weekends, our plan is to run operations out of the Gondola, with access to Tamarack and Dipper Express. We also plan to run Experts Only operation of Gunbarrel Express with access to The Face, conditions permitting. The Gondola is scheduled to run 9:00 am – 4:00 pm during this time and Gunbarrel Express from 12:00 – 4:00 pm.

Get your tubing in now, because Adventure Peak activities will close after the April 15, though we will continue to offer Gondola sightseeing.

If there’s something you’ve been itching to learn before the season’s up, you’ve got three more days (through April 8) to take a lesson with our Ski & Ride Schools out of California Lodge or Boulder Lodge, so book NOW!  The Gondola will continue to run Ski & Ride School through the April 15, and will not offer lessons during the extended portion of the season.

The final Unbuckle apres ski party will be on Saturday, April 14, as the cherry on top of a fun-filled day at the top of the Gondola in celebration of Spring Loaded. You’ll be able to watch riders throw down in the final Stateline Showdown, enjoy strutting Heavenly Angels in the Helly Hansen Fashion Show, rock out to Sublime cover band, The Lou Dog Trio, and descend the Gondola to get down on top of the parking garage in the Village at the Ski Patrol Fundraiser Party.  Whew! I’m stoked just thinking about it.

It’s no secret that this has been one of the most challenging seasons on record in Tahoe. We appreciate that you’ve continued to make the best of it by shredding our snow! Let’s send this season off in proper fashion with the laying of edges and spring parties. All in, Baby!

Powder to the People,

Megan Hammitt ~ Snow Reporter



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