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30 inches of new snow and more terrain opening!

Big snow at Heavenly


Hey, gang. This has been one crazy storm. Eighteen inches of new snow fell in the last 24 hours. We’ve had almost 30 inches fall in the last few days. And we haven’t even gotten to the meat of this storm yet! We’re expecting up to another three feet of snow tonight and tomorrow. And for proof that it has been snowing out there, check out the photo of our general manager, Pete Sonntag, knee-deep in what we call the “S Turns” on lower Olympic Downhill, right before you cross under Stagecoach Express.

We were able to get Comet Express and Comet trail ready to open this morning. Which means we now have about 60 acres and over four miles of skiable terrain open. We’ve received a number of questions about when we will open more terrain. I’ll let Pete answer that:

“First, I want to address the concept of quality vs. quantity,” he said. “There is no such thing as ‘early-season’ conditions at Heavenly. We won’t open a trail until it’s mid-winter quality. Rock skis are not part of the equation here. We want guests to bring out their gamers and be able to have confidence that when they put their edge in the snow, they’ll be able to keep it.

“Second, after having toured the mountain today, I’m pleased to report that there is a lot of snow out there and we should be ready to get after it in a big way when the storm blows out of here. Stay tuned so you’re ready to go when we make the announcement.”

Sounds pretty good to me! Hope to see everyone on the mountain soon!

~ Russ Pecoraro 

3 Responses to “30 inches of new snow and more terrain opening!”

  1. MarkD Says:

    Guys, this needs to be on the home page…” We are not open today because it rained on most of the mountain,” or ” We don’t have enough equipment to groom the mountain before monday,” or “it’s too windy to open the lifts, check back tomorrow.”  We all understand the whimsical nature of nature.  We can handle it.  Give it to us straight, and give it to us on the home page!

  2. Tom Says:

    Exactly!!! the first thing you should see when you sign in on the main page—in big print for all to see!!!
    1) Are you open or closed
    2) How much new snow
    3) Temp and wind speed
    4) How much terrain is open
    Don’t tell me I should book a “Pow Package” when you have not been open for the last 5 days and it’s raining.

    As a ski mountain–the first thing you should market is the skiing, good or bad, as it is today–right now–

    keep on tuckin’

  3. Ashley Smith Says:

    Hi MarkD and Tom! Thank you for your comments. We do our best to keep you updated by updating our Daily Snow Report blogs, Twitter @skiheavenly, two reports on the website (on the Snow Report page here: http://bit.ly/SnoRep, and the Terrain & Lift Status page here: http://bit.ly/TRKCB6), our snow phone at 1-800-HEAVENLY ext 1, and on other various outlets. These are the places that you will find wind hold messages and closed messages. It is also untrue that it rained on most of the mountain, as it snowed on most of the mountain thanks to Heavenly’s high elevation. If you would like to see photos of the snow, you can visit the Heavenly Mountain Facebook page. We also have an exceptional grooming fleet, and enough equipment to groom the mountain. Our groomers have been out every single day packing down the snow we’ve been receiving to make a great base and open more terrain on Monday. It is true that it has been too windy to run the lifts safely. We hope you are able to enjoy skiing or riding at Northstar and Kirkwood when Heavenly is not operating. Here’s to some positive energy and a season full of snow, so we can all enjoy skiing and riding in Tahoe this winter.