Clean off your shades. Dust off those hiking shoes, and get ready for your next summer adventure. Heavenly opens for seven-day-a-week summer operations this Friday, June 14, 2013. The Heavenly Gondola, located in the Heavenly Village, will begin operating at 10:00 a.m., to whisk you and your family up to 9,150 feet for a breathtaking view of Lake Tahoe.
In the summer, the skiing trails with the best views of Lake Tahoe are transformed into hiking trails with the best views of Lake Tahoe. The three hiking routes at the top of the Gondola vary from 1.6 miles to almost four miles, round-trip.
Adventure Peak will open on Friday, complete with a 25-foot free-standing climbing wall, 30-foot Spider Zone climbing tower, Black Bear Hollow playground structure, summer tubing*, and, the best part of all, the ice cream bar at Tamarack Lodge. Of course, Bar 9150 will be serving adult beverages inside Tamarack Lodge.
Heavenly will be open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., seven days a week, until Labor Day weekend. After that, the resort will be open Fridays-Sundays from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. through September 29, 2013.
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Future Projects and Construction
If you’ve visited Heavenly in the summer before, be on the look-out for some changes. Starting this month, construction will be taking place in various parts of Adventure Peak to add new year-round activities. Included in the new offerings will be two ropes courses, a canopy tour and a four-line zipline center. These new activities are slated to open either late summer or in time for the 2013-2014 winter season.
A new, four-line zipline center will be located in the area between the Heavenly tubing hill and the Big Easy chair lift. The ziplines, which will be 1,000 feet in length and perfect for those new to ziplining, will run parallel to the Big Easy lift, with the landing platform located near Tamarack Lodge.
Canopy Tour and Ropes Courses
The two new ropes courses and canopy tour include: the Discovery Forest Canopy Tour, the Black Bear Challenge and the Boulder Cove Challenge.
The Discovery Forest Canopy Tour is a tree-based zipline canopy tour designated for a wide range of visitors with differing ability levels. Located in the forested area between Tamarack Express and Big Easy run, trained guides will be stationed at key locations within the Discovery Forest to observe activities and provide environmental and interpretive information.
A self-guided climbing structure known as the Black Bear Challenge will be located adjacent to the existing Bear Cave Children’s Ski & Ride School building and will include two levels of rope bridges, walkways and similar climbing activities.
The Boulder Cove Challenge, located near the base of the Gondola stairs behind the existing trail map signs, will be a self-guided, challenge-type activity consisting of a series of vertical wooden columns, platforms and rope walkways and bridges.
A permanent outdoor amphitheater at the Mid-Station Observation Deck will also be under construction in July and open in summer 2014. Tucked into a wooded area adjacent to the Observation Deck, the new terrace, which will offer an iconic backdrop for wedding ceremonies, private parties and company outings throughout the summer months, will feature multiple seating levels and will be created from natural stone and wood for an authentic, rustic setting.
*Summer tubing is scheduled to be available starting June 15, 2013.
With one of Lake Tahoe’s greatest view points, Heavenly scenic Gondola rides are not to be missed! We’ll see you on the mountain either screaming down the tubing hill, indulging in an ice cream on the patio or walking along one of our many hiking trails.
~ Sally Gunter