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Daily Snow Reports – April 2013

04/14/2013 – Happy Closing Day!

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High Roller Team Member Joanna “PNut” Dzierzawski in High Roller Park 4.12.13. Photo credit Heavenly Mountain

Today brings you partly sunny skies and cooler temps above 8,000’, with a cold front pushing in this evening. Expect a high of 38 degrees upper mountain, and high 50s at the base.

The winds will be fairly gusty today, blowing in from the west. They may have an impact on lift operations, so call 1-800-HEAVENLY or check here for updates. Update 12:40 p.m.: Sky Express and Tamarack Express are on wind hold. You can ski/ride from NV to CA, but not the reverse. Free shuttles between all four base areas are available.

We plan on operating 16 lifts and 70 runs. The groomers worked hard overnight to bring you great snow on the groomed runs this last day, and recommend you check out Big Dipper in NV and the Epic Race Course run in CA. We’ve still got 2 terrain parks open, including our 18’ halfpipe for you to fly into summer. The snow will be fast on the upper runs this morning, but will soften up as the temperatures rise mid mountain.

Head down the Gondola and to the top of the parking garage this afternoon to support the 14th annual Ski Patrol Fundraiser, starting at 4:30 p.m.  A $10 donation gets you in and enters you into a raffle for a 13/14 Tahoe Value Pass.  The event will feature live music, a silent auction, drink specials, great food, and some fun activities for the kids. Proceeds will benefit some very special Tahoe locals as well as the Special Olympics team.  

Today is your last day to receive the maximum benefits when you purchase your Season Pass for next year.  Turn in your ticket from today and apply it toward the price of the pass, or put $49 down and pay the remainder in the fall.

It’s been a great season, and we hope you had as much fun as we did. We couldn’t do it without you, so thank you and we can’t wait to see you here at Heavenly next season!

Lifts open at 8:30 a.m. Have a great day and a great summer!

-erin w.

04/13/2013 – Spring snow and warm temps!

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Brent Whipple 4.12.13 High Roller Park. Photo credit Heavenly Mountain

Good morning skiers and riders.

Thank you for joining us for our last weekend of the season! This morning it was 49 degrees at the base and 33 on the mountain, and winds were moderate. The forecast calls for the winds to increase throughout the day and for warm temperatures – mid 40s upper mountain and 60 degrees at the base.  The windy afternoon will make it feel a little cooler, so wear a wind breaking shell to keep these gusts off your back. Lift operations may be impacted by the wind, so call 1-800-HEAVENLY or check here for updates.

We plan on operating 16 lifts and 70 runs across 3,600 acres. The groomers recommend you stay high on the mountain for the best snow conditions, and pick Ridge Run in CA and Comet in NV as their must-ski runs. If you’re looking for an un-crowded run, take a few laps on Olympic Downhill in NV.

At the end of your day, join us for one last party at Unbuckle at Tamarack. Starting at 3:30 p.m., we will have a live DJ, half priced drinks, appetizer specials, and the Heavenly Angels to get you dancing.

Don’t forget; tomorrow is the last day to receive all the best spring benefits when you purchase your 13/14 Season Pass. You can turn in the lift ticket you bought today and apply it toward the price, or put just $49 down and pay the remainder in the fall. Visit a Season Pass office or bestoftahoe.com for more information.

Lifts open at 8:30 a.m. Have a great day!

04/12/2013 – Aloha Friday!

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Today brings you a great day of spring skiing as the season is winding down. The forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with light winds out of the east, shifting to the west this afternoon. Temperatures dipped just below freezing early this morning, and are expected to reach 49 degrees upper-mountain, and 60 degrees at the base.  You shouldn’t need much more than a base layer and light jacket, and make sure to bring your sunglasses!

We plan to have 16 lifts spinning and 70 runs open for you to explore today. The groomers recommend you stay high on the mountain for the best snow conditions, and choose Sam’s Dream in NV and High Five in CA as their picks of the day. A layer of yellow, or spring, wax will help keep your board or skies sliding through the soft snow.

Your wish is our command: The Face will be opening up at 12:30 p.m. today for you face rats!

Relax in the afternoon sun with half-priced drinks at one of our main lodges starting at 3:30 p.m. Or join us for Unbuckle at Tamarack. We will have a live DJ, dancing, drink and food specials, and of course, the Heavenly Angels! Any non-skier in the family can come up to Tamarack Lodge to join you on the mountain with the purchase of a Gondola ticket in the Heavenly Village.

2013/2014 Season Passes are on sale. You can apply your day’s lift ticket toward the price of the pass, or put just $49 down to lock in the best price. Purchase by April 14 for all the best benefits. Visit a Season Pass office or here for more information.

Lifts open at 9:00 a.m.  Happy Aloha Friday!

-erin w.

04/11/2013 – Spring Skiing Today!

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Good morning skiers and riders. Spring is in full bloom for you at Heavenly!  Bring out your lightweight jacket or shell, as you won’t need too much insulation today. This morning it was 37 degrees upper mountain and 40 at the base. The forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with temperatures ranging from the lower 40s to 50 degrees. Winds will be moderate today, and there is a slight chance of precipitation.

We plan on operating 16 lifts and 71 runs over 3600 acres. Mountain access is through the Gondola, Stagecoach, and CA Main Lodge. 

The groomers say to expect spring snow, and choose Ridge Run in CA and Big Dipper in NV as their runs of the day. Once you’re done tearing those up, the soft snow will be great for practicing those big bumps on Little Dipper or Lower Double Down.

Can you think of a better way to spend your Thursday than skiing or riding all day then relaxing with a drink and your friends or family?  Neither can we.  Join us this afternoon for half-priced drinks at Stagecoach, Tamarack, or CA Main Lodge starting at 3:30 p.m. 

And remember to pick up your 2013/2014 Season Pass today. Apply your day’s lift ticket toward the price of the pass, or just $49 down locks in the best price. Purchase by April 14 for all the best benefits. Visit a ticket window or here for more information.

Lifts open at 9:00 a.m. Have a fantastic day!

-erin w.

04/10/2013 – Conditions are wonderful!

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The recent 7 inches of new snow and colder temperatures have left the snow on the mountain in great shape! Yesterday skiing and riding on the upper mountain was fantastic.  The groomers have done a great job smoothing out the snow, and pick High Five in CA and Orion in NV as their runs of the day.

Today, look for sunny skies and temperatures ranging from the mid-40s upper mountain to the high 50s at the base. Expect winds to be calmer than yesterday, though they may continue to impact lift operations.  We plan on operating 16 lifts and 71 runs, but Call 1-800-HEAVENLY or check here for updates.

Even with the season winding down we have a couple of fun events going on today. Spanish Ski with a Ranger meets at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at the top of the Gondola. This free one hour tour will explore the history of the Heavenly and Lake Tahoe areas. Participants must be comfortable on intermediate terrain.

Also, half price drinks start this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. at Stagecoach, Tamarack, and CA Main Lodge. Pick a lodge, grab your friends and a drink, and relax after a great day of skiing.

Lifts open at 9:00 a.m.

-erin w.

04/09/2013 – Spring is Back!

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Good Morning!

Yesterday’s storm brought fresh snow all over the mountain and now spring is back with mostly sunny days for the rest of the season. Temperatures are forecasted to warm into the high 30s on the mountain.

The Gondola and Tamarack Express will start the day on wind hold. All ski school operations will be out of the California Main Lodge.

Wind may continue to impact lift operations, so the check the lift status page or call 1-800-HEAVENLY for updates.

The groomers’ picks for the day are Mombo in CA and Olympic Downhill in NV.

Celebrate the ending of another great season, listen to music and support local non-profits at the Ski Patrol Fundraiser Sunday, April 14. 

Remember to buy your 2013-2014 season pass before April 14 to get the best deal. Apply your day ticket towards the price of next year’s pass, or $49 down locks in the best price. Visit a ticket window or here for more information. 

Enjoy half-price drinks at Stagecoach, Tamarack, and CA Main Lodge starting at 3:30 p.m.

Lifts open at 9:00 a.m. Have a great day!

-Josh Babin

04/08/2013 – 3-4″ of Snow Overnight!

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Good Morning!

What better way to start the last week of the season than with new snow covering the mountain!? We had 3-4″ of snow accumulate overnight with more flakes forecasted to fall throughout the morning.

Cal Trans is requiring chains on highways 50, 207, 88 and 89 at this time.

Winds may impact lift operations today. You can call 1-800-HEAVENLY or check the list status page for updates.

We recommend beginners head to the top of the Gondola today where they can use a magic carpet, a rope tow and Big Easy chairlift. 

The groomers chose Ridge Run in CA and Orion in NV as their picks for the day.

Today will be one of the last opportunities to Ski with a Ranger. Free nature tours leave from the top of the Gondola at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Participants must be comfortable on intermediate terrain.

Remember to buy your 2013-2014 season pass before April 14 to get the best deal. Apply your day ticket towards the price of next year’s pass, or $49 down locks in the best price. Visit a ticket window or here for more information. 

Enjoy half-price drinks at Stagecoach, Tamarack, and CA Main Lodge starting at 3:30 p.m.

Lifts open at 9:00 a.m. Have a great day!

 -Josh Babin

04/07/2013 – Moguls, anyone?

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Awesome pic from the High Roller Hold ‘Em 4.6.13. Photo credit C.U.

Good morning. As a cold front moves into the Tahoe area today, it will bring high winds and cold temperatures with it. It was 30 degrees on top of Sky this morning, and temperatures are expected to stay in the mid to upper 30’s on the mountain. Definitely layer up under a warm, wind-breaking jacket today. The skies will stay mostly cloudy and winds will be gusting strongly, so they may impact lift operations.

North Bowl lift is currently on wind hold. Call 1-800-HEAVENLY or here for updates. We may get a few scattered flurries throughout the day as there is a chance of snow moving in behind the cold front, but it most likely won’t arrive until after lifts close.

We plan to have 83 runs open and 22 lifts spinning today. It is the last day of operations for Groove park, Northbowl lift and Galaxy Lift. First Ride lift and run have been closed for the season.  The snow will be skiing and riding fast on the higher runs, so make sure you check out a trail map and see how you’re able to get down the mountain before you get up the chair lift.

Based on the crowds at last night’s High Roller Hold ‘Em, we can tell you had as much fun as we did.  Heavenly skiers and riders sure know how to party! But the fun for this weekend isn’t over yet. Come check out, or if you think your legs can handle it, sign up for, the Gunbarrel 25 starting at 10:00 a.m.  Glen Plake will be on hand to host this 10th annual race to complete 25 laps on Gunbarrel run. Last year over 100 skiers and riders completed the 25 laps, so if you’ve been challenging yourself on the bumps see if you can be one of them this year!

Or for a more relaxing afternoon event, join us for half-price drink at Stagecoach, Tamarack, and CA Main Lodge starting at 3:30 p.m.

2013/2014 Season passes are on sale. Apply your day ticket towards the price of next year’s pass, or $49 down locks in the best price. Visit a ticket window for more information.

Lifts open at 8:30 a.m. Have a great Sunday!

-erin w.

04/06/2013 – Stoked for big air tonight!

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Good mornin’! Thanks to some recent slightly colder temperatures, the snow has escaped the freeze-melt cycle so it has dried out and is skiing great! The groomers are reporting a layer of “sugar” on top of the runs, so the snow will really hold an edge.  They recommend getting out early to take some fast, carved turns down Ridge Run in CA and Jack’s in NV.

We plan on operating 23 lifts and 84 runs for you to explore. Cat Track in CA has been closed for the season. Tomorrow will be the last day of operations for Groove Park, Northbowl lift, and Galaxy lift.

Temperatures hovered around 30 degrees on the mountain this morning, and are expected to warm up to 39 mid-mountain, and 50 degrees at the base. The winds will be stronger than yesterday with strong gusts as a cold front is being pushed our direction. These winds may impact lift operations, so check here or call 1-800-HEAVENLY for updates.

We recommend wearing removable layers under a windbreaker, so you can shed as needed and still keep the wind off your back.

The High Roller Hold’Em starts today at 4:30 on World Cup run with a DJ and Big Air Exhibition. The event promises to impress as some of the world’s top snowboarders will compete for who can throw down, and land, the biggest air. This premier event is hosted by six-time X Games Superpipe champion Shaun White, and will follow a poker-style format with riders betting on the tricks they will perform.   Visit skiheavenly.com for all the details.

Before heading over to CA Lodge for the High Roller Hold ‘Em, join us for Unbuckle at Tamarack at the top of the Gondola. Starting at 3:30 the drinks are half-price, and we’ve got music, dancing, Heavenly Angels, and food specials. What a great way to kick off a great night!      

Lifts open at 8:30 a.m. Have a good one!

-erin w.

04/05/2013 – High Roller Hold ‘Em tomorrow!

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A trace of snow fell on us overnight giving a nice dusting to most all of our runs.  The air will be colder today, with temperatures currently in the mid 20s and expected to reach into the high 30s on the mountain.  The skies will remain partly cloudy, with more clouds expected to roll in late Saturday. The winds will be lighter than yesterday, but may still be gusty starting mid-morning. We recommend you layer up, as it may feel quite cool this morning.

We plan on operating 23 lifts and 87 runs across 4500 acres.  The groomers have picked High Five in CA and Sam’s Dream in NV as their runs  of the day.

 Today will be the last day of operations for Mott Canyon.  If you’ve been gearing up to ski it all season, today is your last day to do so. Remember, it is a double black diamond, so make sure it’s within your capability if you want to have a good time.

Boulder Lodge and Ski School, as well as Killebrew Canyon, are already closed for the season.

Ski with a Ranger meets today at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at the top of the Gondola. This free one hour tour will teach you all about this history of this beautiful area. Participants must be comfortable on intermediate terrain.

Plans for this Saturday?  Make sure you come out to the CA Main Lodge to watch the High Roller Hold ’Em hosted by Shaun White.  The action will start at 4:30 p.m. with a live DJ and Big Air Exhibition, then some of the top snowboarders from around the world will bet on tricks in a poker style format. Whoever lands the biggest, most difficult tricks on our monster big-air jump wins, so the event will be sure to impress.

And if you’re looking for something to kick off the weekend, look no further than the Unbuckle Apres Party at the top of the Gondola. Starting at 3:30 p.m. this afternoon, Tamarack Lodge will feature half price drinks, a DJ, dancing, appetizer specials, and the Heavenly Angels.

Lifts open at 9:00 a.m. Happy Friday!

-erin w.

04/04/2013 – Chance of snow!

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Thicker cloud cover will be moving in as the day progresses, bringing with it an 80% chance of snowfall by this evening. Not too much snow accumulation is expected, but hopefully Mother Nature comes through and brings us one last pow day before lifts close for the summer.

Heavenly plans on operating 23 lifts and 87 runs across California and Nevada. Boulder Lodge and ski school area are closed for the season, meaning there is no easy way down on the Nevada side.

The groomers worked hard with their winch-cat overnight smoothing out and freshening up Mombo Meadows and Bowl for you to practice carving on your heel side, or practice making those pizza turns into French fry turns! Their picks of the day are Ridge Run in CA and California Trail in NV.

Killebrew Canyon and Epic Mix Racing are closed for the season.

Currently, temperatures are in the mid 30s on the mountain, and are expected to warm up from there despite the cloud cover.  We are expecting low 40s mid-mountain and high 40s at the base.  The winds will be gusting quite forcefully today, so they may impact lift operations. Please call 1-800-HEAVENLY or check here for the latest updates.

You can sign up now and impress your family and friends with your skills on the moguls.  The Gunbarrel 25, hosted of course by Glen Plake, is taking place this Sunday on Gunbarrel run starting at 10:00 a.m. Head to the base of World Cup chair to register.

Lifts open at 9:00 a.m.

-erin w.

04/03/2013 – Spring conditions today!

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Good morning! Today will bring spring-like temperatures and snow conditions for all of you skiers and riders. We have some unsettled weather moving in tomorrow which may bring us a couple inches of snow at the higher elevations.

Today, expect mostly sunny skies with more clouds developing later in the day. Temperatures will reach a high of around 50 degrees on the mountain, and high 50s at the base, and the winds will stay light. The snow will be fast for the first couple of runs, but will quickly soften under your bases with today’s warm temperatures. If you can, a coat of yellow, or spring wax is recommended.

As Boulder Lodge is now closed for the season, we plan to operate 23 lifts and 90 runs. The groomers picked High Five in CA and Olympic Downhill in NV as their runs of the day.   The Boulder parking lot will remain open and shuttle buses will continue to loop through to provide transportation to and from the base area.

Make sure you come out to the CA base to watch the High Roller Hold’Em this Saturday, April 6. Hosted by none other than Shaun White, the action will start at 4:30 p.m. with a live DJ and Big Air Exhibition.

Lifts open at 9:00 a.m.  Have a wonderful day!

-erin w.

4/2/2013 – Classic Spring Day – Cool Mornings and Sunny Afternoons!

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Good morning!

With the recent snow to freshen up the mountain and mostly sunny skies today, conditions will be fantastic! Temperatures dropped into the low 20s last night, which means the runs will be fast and firm to start the day. It will be a classic spring conditions today, carving up the groomed runs early and hitting the bumps when they soften up in the afternoon.

The groomers picked Mombo in CA and CA Trail in Nevada as the picks of the day.

All three of our incredible High Roller parks are still open with lots of creative features. With mostly sunny skies, it will be great day to take a walk on the observation deck and then head to Adventure Peak for tubing.

If you want to prove your mogul skills, remember to sign up for the Gunbarrel 25, which takes place Sunday, April 7 2013.

Lifts open at 9:00 a.m. Have a great day!

-Josh Babin

4/1/2013 – New snow on the mountain!

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Good morning!

Snow fell all through the night with 1-2″ accumulating on the mountain. Snow flurries are likely to continue throughout the morning with the sun breaking through in the afternoon.

The groomers worked through the night to smooth out trails all over the mountain. Their picks for the day are Ridge Run in CA and Big Dipper in NV.

Learn how the changing season will affect the behavior of local wildlife during a Ski with a Ranger tour. The free one hour tour leaves from the top of the Gondola at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Participants must be comfortable on intermediate terrain.

Be sure to come out for High Roller Hold ‘Em Saturday from 4:30 – 9:30 p.m. to see some of the world’s best snowboarders, live entertainment and pyrotechnics at the bottom of World Cup.

Lifts open at 9:00 a.m. this morning. Have a great day!

-Josh Babin


  • SafeSkierBob

    Be very careful skiing at Heavenly. I switched two seasons ago from Mammoth Mountain Ski Pass to the Tahoe Local Pass. One major difference is that Heavenly does a very poor job of marking obstacles. At Mammoth Mtn, Ski Patrol is constantly marking rocks or obstacles with sticks/poles. I took this for granted. At Heavenly, 90% of on-the-run rocks the size of large pizzas are routinely in the middle of main runs. I spoke to Heavenly ski patrol about Heavenly Mtn policy regarding marking obstacles in the middle of a run and they claimed that if an obstacle is viewable within 100 feet then they would *not* mark it. On a Stagecoach lift served run alone, I could see 10 obvious rocks with about a 1.5 foot diameter in the middle of run and I could see several skiers run over them and crashing. If Heavenly cares about the welfare of their skiers, why would they not mark the obstacle with a simple pole in front of these rocks. Today, by pure luck I managed to escape serious injury when I skied over a 1 foot diameter rock in the middle of a ski run at Heavenly. I was still injured (groin muscle injured) but I hope it is not long term. I now have to seriously reconsider my choice of ski mountains if something that Mammoth Mtn does on a routine basis all day long, i.e., marking all obstables possible, but Heavenly/Vail appears to consider not important enough, that the safety of their guests is not worth a very monor extra precaution. It is like russian roulette out there and I prefer not to play.

  • SkiHeavenly

    Thank you for your comment Safe SkierBob! We really
    do appreciate our guest’s feedback and safety is very important to us here at
    Heavenly! Our Mountain Operations and Ski Patrol teams do their
    best to post signs, mark obstacles and post other cautionary messages. As you
    can imagine as the season winds down, we try to make it clear that obstacles do
    exist out there. Having 4800 acres of skiable terrain, it is also challenging
    to mark every single one, so we expect our guests to take precautions and read
    the posted signs. As safety measures, we post signs at the beginning of the run
    with remarks of what can be found on the run, for example – obstacles exist and
    experts only. We also have signs asking guests not to straightline and to check their
    speeds. Our safety team in the yellow jackets are out there trying to instill
    this. We will pass along your message to the correct departments, and we want
    to assure you that your feedback is welcomed and important to us! Thanks
    again.