Opening Day is fast approaching on November 22 and all we can think about is blue-bird powder days, early morning corduroy and Unbuckle apres parties. With so much always going on at Heavenly, it’s hard to keep up on the latest news. We’ve compiled ten things you may or may not have known about Heavenly to prepare you for your best ski and ride season yet.
1. Snow Bikes and Snowskates Are Welcome
Snow bikes and snowskates are allowed on the mountain with leashes. Although Heavenly doesn’t rent them, you can still bring your own onto the mountain and enjoy groomed runs, powder, and even terrain park features for snow stakes (features and jumps aren’t designed for snow bikes.)
2. Live Snow Readings
The newly installed live snow stake and snow stake camera will let anyone view snow piling up on the mountain 24/7. The camera feed will be published in the upcoming weeks on the Heavenly Web Cams page. Heavenly wants guests to be able to see for themselves the new snow on the mountain. You can also sign up for email snow reports and text alerts that are sent right to your phone when 3″ or 6″+ of new snow has fallen so you can get up and grab first chair.
Heavenly’s Live Snow Stake
3. United Terrain Parks
Heavenly’s High Roller Terrain Parks now accommodate multiple levels of skiers and riders in each park. This means that in the usually largest park on the mountain, High Roller, guests will be able to find small jumps and features to practice on too. The three terrain parks at Heavenly will have different sized features and jumps so everyone can enjoy all of the parks and not be stuck to just one all season. The 18′ halfpipe will return this year with epic background views located in High Roller Park.
18′ Halfpipe in High Roller Park
4. Day Care and Ripperoo Parade
The Heavenly Day Care and Nursery provides excellent child care for children as young as six weeks old to six years old. The highly trained staff ensure hands-on learning and playing for the kids, have one-on-one nanny service options and coordinate ski lessons for all ages and ability levels. The day care and nursery is open seven days a week during the ski and ride season and is located at the California Main Lodge. The Ripperoo Parade on Saturday’s during the ski season in Heavenly Village is open to everyone and not just kids in Heavenly ski school or day care. Kids will enjoy singing, dancing, a parade through the village, treats and get to hangout with their friend and Heavenly’s mascot Ripperoo.
Heavenly’s Day Care and Nursery
5. Action Photos
By now you’ve probably taken a free EpicMix photo on the mountain, but did you know there are EpicMix action shots available and not just on the EpicMix Race course? Last year action shots were being taken off of Canyon Express on High Five run, so be sure to get a shot of yourself and friends or family in action.
Heavenly Action Shots EpicMix Race Course
6. Big Events
The high-energy and highly entertaining events that have captured guests at Heavenly over the years are coming back. Heavenly Holidays, High Roller Hold ‘Em and the U.S. Freestyle Championships are three top-notch events that you don’t want to miss this season. Heavenly will also be partnering with the popular SnowGlobe Music Festival over New Years. Be sure to keep an eye on the Heavenly event calendar throughout the season for around-the-clock action at Heavenly and in South Lake Tahoe.
High Roller Hold ‘Em event hosted by Shaun White
7. Sit-down Dining
Booyah’s in Lakeview Lodge is the only sit-down serviced restaurant on the mountain – and it is mmm mmm good! Build your own epic-ally delicious burger or choose from one of the many creative combinations provided on the menu. There are over 250,000 burger combos you can make, and with 97 micro-brews, views of Lake Tahoe, a sun deck, nine flat screen TVs playing live sports games, and friendly wait staff you can’t go wrong. Booyah’s is located in Lakeview Lodge at the top of the tram.
Booyah’s Restaurant at Lakeview Lodge
8. Apres Parties
The Unbuckle apres party at Tamarack Lodge will be better than ever this year and rock the mountain Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons from 3:30-5:30 p.m. with the Heavenly Angels, live DJs, half-price drinks, swag giveaways and appetizer specials. After a day of skiing or riding, there’s nothing better than enjoying a nice cold one, dancing and laughing with your friends, family and the gorgeous Heavenly Angels. This party is like none other and if you left the mountain early or you didn’t even ski or ride that day, you can still join the party by riding the Gondola to Tamarack Lodge (a Gondola ticket is needed and can be purchased at the base of Gondola; day tickets and season passes give free access up the Gondola.)
Unbuckle Apres Ski Party at Tamarack Lodge
9. Vacation Deals
Looking for a deal on lodging, lift tickets or both? There are always excellent vacation deals located on the Heavenly website. Heavenly Tahoe Vacations works hard to provide guests will the best deals, some packages even include free ski days and lodging nights. If you would like to talk to someone in person you can call 1-800-HEAVENLY (800-432-8365) and a representative will offer tips and help book activities, lessons and more for you.
Heavenly Vacation Deals on Skiheavenly.com
10. Backcountry Gates
Heavenly abuts U.S. Forest Service land that may be beyond the ski area boundary, and Heavenly assumes no responsibility for guests that go beyond the ski area boundary and access the backcountry, but there are multiple designated gates for those who choose to do so. Passing closed signs to access the backcountry is illegal, so if you choose to leave the ski area use the designated gates. Areas beyond the ski area boundary are not maintained or patrolled and unmarked obstacles hazards and avalanches could exist. The terrain could be extreme and if you are in need of a rescue, if available, the rescue could be lengthy and costly and is the responsibility of the Country Sheriff. There are at least three backcountry access gates on the mountain.
Did anything surprise you? Have any questions? Leave them here in the comments!
If you don’t have your season pass yet, make sure to get yours as prices are guaranteed through October 13, 2013.
See you on the slopes,