Summer in Lake Tahoe. If your visits have been limited to wintertime play, you don’t know what you’re missing. Activities are endless and the crystal blue water of Lake Tahoe is oh-so refreshing.
And now a day-long summer visit to Heavenly will top the list of Lake Tahoe must-dos.
Proposals have been submitted and construction has begun on the first of several expansions to our on-mountain summer activities. Epic Discovery is designed to connect kids and families with the national forests in an active, fun and engaging way.
The current proposal includes a number of new activities at Heavenly, including ziplines, ropes courses, Forest Flyers, a mountain bike park and trails, additional hiking trails and mountain excursion tours, all with extensive, integrated environmental and interpretive programming. Wheeee!
Proposed Epic Discovery activities and environmental interpretive programming will be designed to be compatible with the existing on-mountain infrastructure of lifts and trails, blending into the natural environment in a thoughtful manner. In addition to the activities, interpretive specialists will be on site to provide eco-educational experiences for kids and families, helping them to learn more about their natural surroundings.
Following acceptance of the proposal, the Forest Service and TRPA will begin the environmental review and public comment process. Construction would begin on Epic Discovery activities in the summer of 2015.
Highlights of Epic Discovery:
Mid-Station Zipline Canopy Tour: An interpretive zipline canopy tour in the area between the Gondola mid-station and the top station to the east of the Gondola alignment. The tour, which will incorporate the use of ziplines and aerial walkway bridges, will begin at the top of the Gondola and finish at the Mid-Station Observation Deck.
East Peak Zipline Canopy Tour: A multi-stage guided zipline canopy tour will begin near the top of Big Easy chairlift and end with a zip over East Peak Lake, near the base of Dipper Express chairlift.
Sky Meadows Zipline Canopy Tour: The Sky Meadows Zipline Canopy Tour will begin near the top of Tamarack Express chairlift and end near the base of Sky Express chairlift.
Sky Cycle Canopy Tour: Located in the area between the Gondola top station and the Mid-Station Observation Deck, the Sky Cycle Canopy Tour will allow visitors to traverse the area by pedaling individual bicycle-like devices that are suspended from a cable in the air.
Sky Meadows Ropes Course: A self-guided ropes course consisting of a series of platforms and rope walkway/bridges will be located between Sky Deck and the base of Sky Express chairlift.
Forest Flyer: The Forest Flyer allows guests on individual sleds to descend on a raised track through the forest and natural rock formations. Located north and west of the existing tubing hill, the Forest Flyer will utilize gravity for the descent while giving riders full control of their speed.
East Peak Lake Water Activities: Water-oriented activities on and around the existing East Peak reservoir will include kayaking, canoeing and fishing.
Hiking Trails: New hiking trails will connect the top of Tamarack Express chairlift to the top of the Gondola and Tamarack Lodge, continuing down to East Peak Lodge, approximately three miles in length.
Ridge Run Lookout Tower and Observation Deck: A new observation tower will be developed near the existing Ridge Run Overlook. Resembling a historic Forest Service Fire Lookout Tower, it will offer views of High Meadows and Freel Peak, as well as Lake Tahoe. The existing picnic deck adjacent to the top of Sky Express chairlift will be rebuilt.
Mountain Bike Park: Dipper Express, Comet Express and Tamarack Express will serve as access points to the Mountain Bike Park in the East Peak Basin area, offering eight to 10 total miles of trails ranging in difficulty from beginner through expert.
Mountain Excursion Tour: A Mountain Excursion Tour will connect all three activity centers via motorized 4×4 vehicles, at the top of the Gondola, East Peak Lodge, and Sky Meadows, and will offer guided tours to various locations around the upper mountain.
Interpretive Learning: Interpretive Discovery Zones will be integrated throughout the experience, sharing the area’s rich natural environment and cultural history with guests using fun and informative learning techniques.
We are beyond excited to offer expanded summer activities and opportunities for people to interact with our beloved forests. This is going to be a huge undertaking and a lot of thought and planning will go into each step. If you have any questions, ask away! We’ll track down the answers for you as quickly as possible.