Heavenly Blog

December 2013 Daily Snow Report

1/1/14 – Welcome to 2014!

Come celebrate the new year with our lovely Angels!

Come celebrate the new year with our lovely Angels!

Pictured: Chante Comer and Tiarah Lemieux and Brewster at Unbuckle

Alright, it is time for you to peel yourselves out of bed on this beautiful new years day morning! It is officially 2014 and we are firing up getting the mountain ready for all our awesome shredders to hit the slopes.  What could be a better to help those lingering effects from last night other than shredding Heavenly overlooking gorgeous Lake Tahoe?

It’s the first day of the year, and there’s no better place to be than in South Lake Tahoe! If your new year’s resolution is to strap some boards on your feet…look no further! We offer both children and adult ski school out of Cal Main Lodge and the Gondola- so fear not, it is your time to shine.

We will open at 8:30 a.m. with 21 lifts and 18 trails for just over 14 miles of skiable terrain. You can access the mountain from any of our three open bases; Stagecoach Lodge, California Main Lodge, and the Heavenly Village Gondola. Free parking is available at both CA Main Lodge and Stagecoach. Free shuttles will be running all day between all bases.

Black out dates are over, so grab your gear because like mountain-man John Muir said, “the mountains are calling and I must go.” I’m heading up to take some laps on Ridge run and Comet our runs of the day to get some fresh courduroy.

To keep the party going and kick off 2014 in the right way make sure to not miss Unbuckle, Tahoe’s ultimate après party for half-off drinks, appetizer specials, free swag, and tons of dancing to live DJ music with our lovely Heavenly Angels. This is perfect way to keep your New Year’s spirits alive! The party starts at Tamarack Lodge at 3:30 and will continue until 5:30 p.m. Take the Gondola down and enjoy the beautiful sunset.

 See ya on the snow!

~Mikaila Bird 1/1/14 @6:30 a.m.

 

12/31/13-Happy New Years Eve!

Heavenly Village fireworks!

Heavenly Village fireworks!

We started our 2013/2014 season with colder than average temperatures in the days and really cold temperatures at night allowing our snowmakers to team up with Mother Nature and bless us with early season snow. Mid-December storms brought us one snowfall totaling a whopping 30 inches within a 72 hour time span; a few days later 4 more inches fell leavening Heavenly and Tahoe alike covered by a blanket of white fluff.

Now with only a few hours left of 2013, we invite you to celebrate the coming year of 2014 with us here at Heavenly Mountain as we ring in the new year with shredding the slopes and doing our snow dance remix with our beautiful Heavenly Angels.

Start your new year with cruising the “roy” down Big Dipper, our NV run of the day; shred over to CA and hit up Ridge Run, a long, open groomer with jaw-dropping views of Lake Tahoe.

At 3:30 we are cranking up our one-of-a-kind DJ Cat as our Angels host Unbuckle, Tahoe’s Ultimate Ski Apre Party with drink specials, live music and tons and tons of dancing! Say goodbye to 2013 with friends, good vibes and beautiful people! Take the Gondola down to Heavenly Village where the party continues with fire dancers, live concert, Gondola “ball drop” and fireworks!

Today’s forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies in the morning hours, but come afternoon the clouds will partially clear allowing for the sun to shine through and end 2013 with a bang!

Bring it on, 2014!

~Austyn Harrington,Your Heavenly Snow Reporter 12/31/13 @8:00 a.m.

12/30/13- 2013 Ultimate Day…

#HeavenlySunsets

#HeavenlySunsets

If there’s one thing you don’t want to miss while in Tahoe, let it be our sunsets. And what’s better than to view it than from our Gondola; coming down from the best day you’ve had in 2013 shredding Heavenly and enjoying on-mountain parties.

Today’s forecast calls for a mixture of clouds and sunny skies with highs in the upper 40’s and a light to moderate SW wind. With today’s high clouds, this evening’s sunset will assure you that Tahoe is the place to be this Holiday Season with neon oranges, and sorbet pink colors reflecting off the still waters of Nature’s most pure gift.

My suggestion for the best possible day on-mountain would be to get going this morning and hit up first chair at 8:30 while the snow is fresh and precisely groomed corduroy.  With both CA and NV sides of the mountain open, make your way over to CA Trail on the NV side then head over to Maggie’s in CA, our Groomers’ picks of the day.  We offer over 14 miles of skiable terrain which means an early start will get your bellies grumbling right around 11:00 a.m. impeccable timing to stop in at Booyah’s (located at the top of CA Tram)  for a delicious burger and one of our 97-microbrews.

While the day heats up, take some laps on Ridge Run, then cruise back over to Nevada and take advantage of Stagecoach and Olympic, where the crowds are usually less and the terrain is a mixture of natural and man-made snow; the best snow conditions on mountain.

Take 2 more laps, skipping the last on CA Trail and cruise down to Tamarack Lodge where the real party begins. Let our Angels, host you to drink specials, live DJ music, and lots of dancing at Unbuckle, our Ultimate Ski Après Party.

By the time Unbuckle is winding down, so is the sun… make your way back to the Gondola and get your cameras ready for one of the most amazing sunsets your eyes have ever had the pleasure of witnessing. As you pass mid-way now is the time to “click, click, click” your cameras or camera phones, and reflect on your ultimate day at Heavenly Mountain Resort.

I hope you have an amazing day, shredding Heavenly and Going All In as you celebrate the end of 2013. Happy New Year!

~Austyn Harrington, your Heavenly Snow Reporter 12/30/13 @8:00 a.m.

12/29/13 Let the party begin..

Our employees are awesome!

Our employees are awesome!

Pictured: Shane McDonald, (Ski School) in front of our new DJ CAT

Good morning!

It is one of the best times of year for entertainment here in Lake Tahoe! People from every direction are traveling to this beautiful destination that Heavenly calls home for the Holidays and to ring in the New Year.

Today’s forecast calls for mostly clear and sunny skies with a high near 41 with light winds that may increase to moderate through the afternoon. We suggest wearing multiple thin layers so your body can easily adjust to the temperatures as they fluctuate today.

We are opening at 8:30 this morning with 21 lifts giving access to 18 trails and 14 miles of skiable terrain on the best snow surface conditions in Lake Tahoe. Groove Chair will be operating on a delayed start today. Definitely go check out our Goomers’ picks of the day; in California we have Ridge Run and on the Nevada side it is Comet. Our intermediate terrain park, Ante Up, is open with a jump line and a total of 20 features.

Mountain access can be gained through the Heavenly Village Gondola, California Base, and Stagecoach Express, located at the top of Kingsbury Grade. Free parking can be f0und at both California Base and Stagecoach. Free shuttles will be running between all three access locations.

Please stay on open designated trails today as early season conditions still do apply. Always keep a good lookout for other skiers and riders by making sure to look uphill and moving to the side of trails whenever possible while taking breaks or stopped.

UNBUCKLE, Tahoe’s Ultimate Après Party kicks off at 3:30 and the party goes till 5:30 p.m. Come join the Heavenly Angels for half-priced drinks, appetizer specials, free swag, and tons of dancing to our live DJ! This is the place to be after a long day of shredding and the perfect way to get you fired up for Snow Globe and the New Year.

With all of the snow dancing going on this week  Mother Nature will surely feel all the positive energy and hopefully bring us some snowy forecasts!

Happy shredding!

~Mikaila Bird @ 7:30 a.m.

12/28/13-3 days…

Waning Crescent Moon

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The lunar phase for today is Waning Crescent and is growing smaller. The next New Moon will make its appearance on January 1, 2014 which means there are only 3 days till the end of the year!

Today’s forecast calls for mostly clear, sunny skies and a high reaching lower 40’s. Winds are expected to accelerate this afternoon from moderate to strong; may impact lift operations therefore, please call 1-800-Heavenly and press 1 for current updates. We suggest wearing multiple thin layers rather than thick, so your body can easily adjust to the outside temperatures. Lifts open at 8:30 a.m.

With mild temps in the days and colder temps overnight, our snow-guns have been making fresh snow around-the-clock allowing for us to open North Bowl Chair. We now have 20 lifts and 18 trails; 14 miles of the best snow surface conditions in Tahoe!

We hope to see you on the mountain today for a fun-filled day of shredding and then later over at Tamarack Lodge, join us for a HUGE ski après party from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Our stunning Angels will host Unbuckle, with drink specials, lots of dancing and live DJ music!

Celebrate the end of 2013 with us and Think Snow for 2014!

~Austyn Harrington 12/28/13 @8:00 a.m.

 

12/27/13-Sunshine and BEATS!

DJ WILDCAT

DJ WILDCAT

Lifts open at 8:30 this morning and it is going to be a beautiful day!

Whip out those sunnies today and dark lens goggles- we have a full high energy day filled with sunshine, light blue skies and…beats?!?

Heavenly does not have speakers on our pole towers, nor do we have speakers hidden in fake “rocks” in our trees. We understand that the mountains are best used for skiing and snowboarding and LIVE DJ’S and DANCE PARTIES and GOING ALL IN and CELEBRATING LAKE TAHOE and HAVING FUN. Here at Heavenly, we get it. :)

We might not understand Mother Nature’s snow decisions, but what we do understand is attitude and how a positive attitude can make or break you.  That’s why, we’ve decided that no matter the occasion, we WILL make your mountain experience the best possible experience and nothing will ever break our awesome happy spirit. Ever.

With temperatures reaching upper 40’s today, you better keep your energy level to match. We are unleashing our one-of-a-kind DJ Cat this afternoon at Tamarack Lodge where we will be celebrating our amazing lives with you! On the dot, 12:45p.m, the first 100 people stoked on life, will get FREE BEER kick starting our afternoon of live DJ music until 3:00pm; when our beautiful Heavenly Angels will take over and host you to Unbuckle, Tahoe’s Highest Elevated Ski Après Party.

So if you want to have a good time, then join us! We will be up cruising the mountain in the morning and then this afternoon Tamarack Lodge will be popping off with drink specials, FREE BEER, live DJ’s and a whole bunch of rockin’ people stoked on having an awesome day!

Enjoy the weather and LET YOUR INNER WILD CHILD LOOSE!

~Austyn Harrington 12/27/13 @8:00 a.m.

12/26/13-Sensational Views and Phenomenal Days…

Phenomenal Guests!

Phenomenal Guests and Heavenly’s Joe DuPuis!

Good morning! Today we are feeling as bright as the sun with an awesome day planned on-mountain for all our phenomenal guests!

The sun is just starting to peek over Heavenly’s THE FACE, and looking upwards we can see bluebird skies all across Lake Tahoe. The lake is glassy this morning; reflecting the sky’s sapphire blue color.  Temperatures will stay in the upper 40s today, topping off at 48 degrees this afternoon with a light breeze.

With fabulous weather come sensational views! Come check out Lakeside Lodge and Booyah’s located at the top of the CA aerial Tram.  Drink one of our 97-microbrews as you marvel at the eye-catching views of Lake Tahoe surrounded by sunlit Sierra Mountains’. Enjoy your holiday and everything Heavenly has to offer by taking advantage of everything beyond our skiing; our gourmet made-to-order burgers will have you drooling before you get the words, “thank you”  off of your tongue…

Lifts open at 8:30 this morning and will run ‘till close at 4:00 p.m.

Starting at 3:30-5:30 relax with our lovely Heavenly Angels at the top of the Gondola in Tamarack Lodge where our Ultimate Ski Après Party, Unbuckle kicks off.  Dance to the Snow Gods as we serve drink specials, throw our awesome swag atcha’, and dance the afternoon away to live DJ music!

Have a wonderful day as you fall in love with our adorned Heavenly Mountain.

~Austyn Harrington 12/26/13 @7:30 a.m.

12/25/13-Merry Christmas!

Santa on the Slopes!

Santa on the Slopes!

Merry Christmas!

We wish you merry shredding this bluebird, sunny-sky day.  Hopefully you were nice this year and Santa brought you everything on your Christmas list. We wished for awesome weather this Christmas and we got it! With bluebird sunny skies and a high near 45 degrees on mountain we are as jolly as Santa after a full night of delivering presents and not getting stuck in any chimneys!

Throughout the day you can expect to see the sunshine all day long. So, whip out your sunnies, lather up with sunscreen and enjoy Lake Tahoe surrounded by friends, family, and our friendly Heavenly employees!

Lifts open at 8:30 this morning and will run until close at 4:00 p.m.

From our Heavenly family to yours- we wish you a very Merry Christmas and thank you for sharing your holiday with us! See all you Santa fans on the slopes!

~Austyn Harrington 12/25/13 @6:45 a.m.

 

12/24/13-Merry Christmas Eve!

Happy Holiday Shredding!

Happy Holiday Shredding!

Merry Christmas Eve!

The happiest holidays are here at Heavenly with Heavenly Holiday’s and of course awesome snow conditions up on the mountain!We are super excited to share this Holiday season with our awesome skiers and riders and can’t wait to see you shredding our terrain!

It will be another gorgeous day with bluebird sunny skies and a high near 48 degrees at our base and reaching up to 45 degrees on the mountain. A light breeze <15 mph will circulate and a few high clouds may appear later in the day. Keep in mind that layers are important as you can always shed your clothing throughout the day weather permitting.

With three base access locations, you have plenty of options as to where you plan to start your day; although over at Cal Main Lodge we have free parking and shuttles to the Gondola and Stagecoach. Ski School is also located at Cal Main Lodge with beginner terrain, great for those strapping on skis or a board for the first time. :)

This afternoon make sure to come say hello to Santa over in the Heavenly Village near the base of the Gondola from 2-7pm. It is your last chance to sway Santa’s opinion on whether you’ve been naughty or nice!

Happy Holiday’s and thank you for spending your day with us! Lifts open at 8:30 this morning and will run until close at 4:00 p.m.

~Austyn Harrington 12/24/13 @7:15 a.m.

 

12/23/13-Let the Festivities Begin!

Heavenly Angels, Dana and Shelby ski too!

Heavenly Angels, Dana and Shannon ski too!

Good morning!

We’ve been listening to Christmas/ Holiday music for about a month and a half here at Heavenly along with the rest of Tahoe and probably most of the United States. Just letting you all know, that NOW it is totally the appropriate time to turn your radio dial up and blast Christmas music for all to hear as it is the 23rd of December; tomorrow is Christmas Eve!

Today’s forecast is lovely and ideal for family day on the mountain. I sure hope to see some Santa pants and hats for my personal enjoyment along with fresh Holiday vibes that will cheer even the Grinch up!

With sunny, light blue and cloud-free skies, enjoy our Groomers’ NV pick of the day: California Trail, with its paradisiacal corduroy and breathtaking views of beautiful Lake Tahoe, don’t be afraid of taking lap after lap on this awesome run. In CA, the run of the day is: Ridge Run, a delightful trail with a mixture of intermediate terrain and vertical drops and similar to California Trail, it too, has unbeatable views of sapphire-blue, Lake Tahoe. lifts open at 8:30 this morning.

See you at 3:30 in Tamarack Lodge where the Heavenly Angels and I will be in full-swing Holiday mode celebrating with drink specials, swag giveaways and dancing the afternoon away! Tahoe’s Ultimate Ski Après party is the BEST way to celebrate and pre-game for Holiday Festivities. You can also visit Santa at the bottom of the Gondola in the big-giant Snowglobe from 2-7 p.m.

Have an awesome day and see you on Ridge Run- until about 3:20 when it will then be time to make it back over to Tamarack for fun- festive time.

~Austyn Harrington 12/23/13 @7:45 a.m.

12/22/13 – Beauty as far as the eye can see

Beautiful way to end your day

Beautiful way to end your day!

Good morning Heavenly skiers and riders!

Today’s forecast for Heavenly calls for clear and mostly sunny skies with a high near 42 degrees. Light to moderate winds are also forecasted which may impact lift operations. Please call 1-800-Heavenly and press 1 or visit skiheavenly.com for your updates. Temperatures are expected to rise through out the day and into the afternoon. We suggest wearing layers and shed them as the tempertures progress today.

We are super stoked to say that we are now open on the California side and the Nevada side, making it possible to cross the border and ski in two states and  we offer top-to-bottom skiing on the Nevada side. We open at 8:30 a.m. with 19 lifts and 17 trails in full operation giving access to 178 acres of Tahoe’s best snow surface conditions.

Calling all our park enthusiasts to our intermediate terrain park, Ante Up, which is open with 20 features including rails, boxes and jumps, and don’t forget our new multi-set skill plaza.

If you have little ones who want to play in the snow too, we offer sledding for children 8 and under at the top of the Gondola for $10 per hour. Start sledding at 11:00 a.m. this morning.

Mountian access can be gained from three of our base locations; the Heavenly Village Gondola, CA Main Lodge and Stagecoach, located at the top of Kingsbury Grade. Free parking is available at CA base and up at Stagecoach Lodge. Free shuttles are running between all mountain access locations.

Tahoe’s ultimate après party, Unbuckle,  goes off at 3:30-5:30 p.m. this afternoon  at Tamarack Lodge. Come dance with our lovely Heavenly Angels to live DJ music, half off drinks and free swag giveaways. There is no better way to end your full day of riding like pit stopping over at Tamarack for some drinks and fun before you take down the Gondola for a beautiful view of the sunset over Lake Tahoe.

Don’t forget about Santa in his Workshop Snow Globe in Heavenly Village near the Gondola for pictures and plenty of holiday spirit! We have lots of awesome stuff going on to fill up your Holiday week to ensure it is an “experience of a lifetime”.

Lifts open at 8:30 a.m.

Think SNOW and always look uphill!

-Mikaila B.

12/21/13-CA SIDE IS OPEN!

Gunbarrel Express

Gunbarrel Express

It is 8:03 and time to get some breakfast in your bellies and head out to the mountain. We are totally stoked about CA side making its debut today and can’t wait to share all of our awesome new terrain!

We are operating 19 lifts giving access to 17 trials this beautiful day which means you can ski across the border from CA to NV and vise versa.  Not only can you stand with one leg on the CA side and one leg on the NV side, but you can also choose how you access the mountain today. Will you park at Stagecoach? Will you take the Gondola? Or will you park at Cal Main Lodge? There are so many options and yet all three are great choices.

Make sure to check out our Groomer’s pick of the day. On the CA side, their pick is Maggie’s, an awesome cruiser-run to enjoy our new terrain.  On the NV side, their pick is Olympic Downhill, notorious for its wide-open trial which will have you grinning from the top all the way to the bottom.

Have fun today, and make sure to keep that smile for everyone to see!

-Austyn Harrington 12/21/13 @8:03 a.m.

 

12/20/13- Lucky 4″ Friday

4"new snow!

4″new snow!

Wow, we have an awesome fun-filled day for you all up on the mountain! Receiving 4” of new snow from our past 48-hr storm, we are stoked to see the sun again and are going all in to celebrate our fantastic terrain. Lifts open at 9:00 a.m.

Today we are fortunate to see bluebird skies up ahead, the sun is out and we are expecting a high near 33 up on the mountain.  Currently we have winds coming from the NE 10-15 mph at summit and a little less breezy, 5-10 mph at base. We are expecting the winds to pick up; carrying in the upper 40′s, topping at 65 mph this afternoon.  These winds may impact lift operations.

As for now, the wind is calm and temperatures are rising; the day is starting out beautifully here in Lake Tahoe.

With 10 lifts in operation and 13 trails, our intermediate terrain park, sledding, and two base mountain access locations and gorgeous weather…there’s really nothing to complain about!

Have a great day on the mountain and later join us for Unbuckle in Tamarack Lodge!  Starting at 3:30, our lovely Heavenly Angels are hosting Tahoe’s Ultimate Ski Apre Party with drink specials, swag giveaways, live DJ music, and a celebration of new snow dance party! It’s the only way to pre-game for your Friday night.

Have fun riding today, and see you later for pre-gaming at UNBUCKLE!

-Austyn Harrington 12/20/13 @8:00 a.m.

12/19/13 – Trace to 1” overnight, still snowing!

Hello Mother Nature!

Hello Mother Nature!

 

UPDATE: Our 3 jumps located in Ante Up are currently closed due to visability.

Good morning skiers and riders!

We recieved a trace to 1 inch of new snow overnight and it is still snowing! Today’s forecast calls for snow showers mostly before 10:00 a.m. and cloudy skies with high near 20, and moderate winds. Winds may impact lift operations, please call 1-800-HEAVENLY and press 1 for your most current updated conditions.

We plan to open this morning at 9:00 a.m. with 10 lifts and 13 trails in full operation and top-to-bottom skiing and riding on the Nevada side for a grand total of over 9 miles of skiable terrain! Ante Up, our intermediate terrain park, will be open offering 20 features incuding rails, boxes and jumps and our new muti-set skill plaza!

If you have children who want to play in the snow but not ski or snowboard we have sledding available for children 8 and under. The cost is $10 per hour and you can start sledding at 11:00 a.m. today at the top of the Gondola near Red Fir tow.

Free parking is available at the CA Main Lodge and Stagecoach Lodge. Park and ride our free shuttles to all mountain access locations.

Make sure to dress warm and grab your storm lens and some pocket snacks! It looks like Mother Nature is delivering us some well-deserved early Christmas presents!

Shred safe, stay happy and THINK SNOW!

-Mikaila B.

Photo Credit: Dave Carr, Mountain reporter

 

 

12/18/13 – Storm is a brewing

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Good Morning!

With snow forecasted for tomorrow, we are expecting mostly cloudy skies with a high near 43 and moderate to strong winds. Winds may impact lift operations so please call 1-800-HEAVENLY and press 1 for your most current conditions.

We open at 9:00 a.m. with mountain access from the Heavenly Gondola and Stagecoach Express, located at the top of Kingsbury Grade. We have 9 lifts and 13 trails for a total of 135 skiable acres and top-to-bottom skiing on the Nevada side! Ante Up, our intermediate terrain park is open with 20 features including boxes, rails and jumps.

Sledding is available for children 8 and under for $10 per hour. Registration is at the bottom of the Gondola and sledding begins at 11:00 a.m.

Free parking is available at the CA Main Lodge and Stagecoach Lodge. Free shuttles will run between all mountain access locations.

Lifts open at 9:00 a.m. and will run until close at 4:00 p.m.

Keep thinking snow and have a wonderful day! :)

-Mikaila B.

12/17/13-Shark Hats and Sunny Skies

Shark- Ball Cap Steeze

Shark- Ball Cap Steeze

I forgot how awesome fashion on the mountain really is, until yesterday.  I had the pleasure of sitting with a man named Art who was more than wonderful company on the chair; he was a fashion sensation. His statement:

-a tan ball cap with a pink shark sewed conveniently upright

Talk about a conversation starter! He told me, “It’s the only one of its kind! The original was a gift from my daughter and it ended up coming apart; therefore I re-sewed my shark onto this tan ball cap.”

Art got me thinking about fashion statements on the mountain and how “steeze” has evolved from a younger-generation term to an ALL generation accepted word. I’ve seen all types of steeze, but nothing as tasteful as Art’s original creation of the “shark-hat”.

If you are wondering how fashion has anything to do with Heavenly Mountain  and our snow conditions, I will tell you.  The significance is related to our current temperatures here in Lake Tahoe. We have been experiencing rather warm temperatures for the middle of December; with the lovely temperatures it has given our guests the opportunity for self-expression and like Art told me, “with bluebird days like today, of course I’m gonna come ski Heavenly!”

Bluebird sunny days+ awesome mild temperatures+snow+shark-ball caps=Fantastic ski/ride conditions!

So there it is! We love our bluebird sunny days and are pumped on our awesome snow conditions! We love spending our days on the mountain and we love shark hats! So come on out and enjoy our beautiful weather, as we will see temps in the high 40s today and are expecting to see smiles and tasteful steeze for first chair at 9:00 a.m. until last chair at 4:00 p.m. :)

-Austyn Harrington    12/17/13 @8:00 a.m.

 

12/16/13-Full Set of Teeth!

Smiles!

Smiles!

Let us be your remedy for starting off this week with happy vibes and great snow conditions!  Today, take full advantage of the sunny skies and light wind as you can ski and ride Heavenly with a full 32-tooth grin from the top of Comet to the bottom of Stagecoach! Indubitably, it is possible to smile the whole time you ride today- even if you are on the first chair at 9:00 a.m. till last chair at 4:00 p.m.!

Like Goldilocks, we have found, that these warmer temperatures are, “just right” for an awesome full-day of shredding! It’s not too hot, nor is it too cold, BUT IT IS “just right”.

From my experience I encourage everyone to wear layers despite the, ‘just right temperatures’. I suggest a base layer such as: tank top; a long-sleeve such as: a turtleneck (use the turtle-part-of-the-neck as a neck warmer); a jacket: shell or light jacket will do the trick! I also suggest wearing: mittens or gloves, a helmet, dark-lens goggles or sweet and stylish sunglasses.

I’ll be on the mountain, headed straight to Orion, our groomers’ pick of the day- Come join me and bring with you your pearly-whites!

xoxo, Austyn Harrington

P.S. My layering suggestions are based upon the fact, that I am a girl hence, the tank top suggestion.

 

 

12/15/13- Sunday Fun-Day!

Sunday Fun-Day!

Sunday Fun-Day! Mikaila and I LOVE HIGH-FIVES!

 

Today is Sunday Fun-Day at Heavenly Mountain where I will be cruising the Groomer’s pick of the day, Comet all day long!

It’s going to be a lovely day, with sunny clear skies and a light to moderate wind throughout the afternoon. Today’s forecast predicts a few clouds coming into the Basin around mid-afternoon but for the most part you can expect temperatures in the upper 40’s and you can bet on the sun shining throughout the day.

Catch ya on Comet!

~Austyn Harrington

 

12/14/13-Olympic Express and New Terrain!

What a view!

What a view!

Yesterday, my co-reporter Mikaila and I, went out on the mountain with GoPro’s and ran into some very talented skiers and riders in Ante Up! We were very impressed with 1. the lineup of jumps and rails and 2. the awesome input we got from our guests! We had a blast ripping up our groomers and cheering on our immensely talented riders. So this morning, we would like to give a big shout-out to all of you who upped our stoke level and put smiles from ear to ear on our faces.

Today, our stoke level is blowing up as we have additional terrain open! Olympic Express is making its debut this morning adding 1.6 miles of run to our total of over 9 miles of skiable terrain! Olympic Downhill is notorious for its classic wide-open, 2,000 ft. vertical descend.

Also, it is International Women Ski Day, so calling all Ladies!!! Come show the men of Lake Tahoe how the women of ski towns shred!

It’s an exquisite day to wear a light jacket and light layers as we are looking forwards to a beautifully mild temperature day on the mountain. With highs in the upper 40’s and winds light to moderate, the sun will be bright and shining all day long! Remember to wear protective eye wear and bring sunscreen and chapstick for a long day of fun in the sun!

Kicking off at 3:30 in Tamarack Lodge, our Heavenly Angels will host Tahoe’s highest elevated Ski Apre party, Unbuckle. After shredding, come relax and let our lovely ladies shower you with free swag, drink specials, live music and dancing!

The first lift and Gondola will take off at 8:30 this morning. Grab your friends and head on up!

-Austyn Harrington

 

12/13/13- Shooting Stars

Shoot across the sky off one of our Jumps!

Shoot across the sky off one of our Jumps!

I have good feeling about today- you see, as I was driving to work this morning I was looking across the lake admiring the stars when I saw the sky light up as a shooting star fired by. It was one of those, can’t take my eyes off of it but should really be looking at the road  type of stars. It gave me a burst of energy and happy feelings that lead me to believe, today is going to be a wonderful day on the mountain!

Today we are looking at a high of 42 with light to moderate winds. Currently we can see light blue skies overhead and the sun is shining making it a beautiful morning. This afternoon we are calling for some clouds to push over the Lake and winds are forecasted to slightly accelerate but not anything to worry about. Just a slight breeze is all.

With the opening of Stagecoach, guests now have two ways to access the mountain: the Gondola and Stagecoach Express!

Yesterday I took advantage of Stagecoach, taking long cruisers and was impressed by the snow coverage.  Did you know our snowmaking system is so large we make more snow than our neighboring resorts combined?!?

I encourage you to try out Stagecoach and see for yourselves how awesome our snowmaking really is.

Later, make sure to stop by Tamarack Lodge around 3:30 where you can hang out with our Heavenly Angel’s at Unbuckle, Heavenly’s Ultimate Ski Après Party. We will be dancing with our live DJ and giving away free SWAG and Drink Specials. Go All In today from first chair to last Gondola.

Austyn Harrington

 

12/12/13 – We got the blues..

Bluebird skies and beautiful blue Lake Tahoe

Bluebird skies and beautiful blue Lake Tahoe

The forecast for today is calling for clear and sunny skies with a high near 41 and some light to moderate winds.

Yesterday we opened up the long awaited Stagecoach Express, which now provides mountain skiing and riding from top-to-bottom on the Nevada side! Alongside with Stagecoach we opened Silver Spur, Crossover, Olympic Downhill, Pepi’s and Upper North Bowl for a total of 8 lifts and 12 trails now in full operation. Make sure to head over to Orion for our Groomer’s pick of the day and lay out some sweet turns in the courduroy.

Ante Up, our intermediate terrain park, has been getting a lot of action for its first two days of opening. There are 19 features including jumps, rails and boxes. Go check it out and ante up, show us all what you got!

Shuttles are now running up to Stagecoach Lodge which is now open for rentals, lift tickets, dining and mountain access.

Make sure to wear your SPF and stay hydrated! It is easy to get distracted with all these beautiful views and leg burning groomers. Lifts open at 9:00 a.m. Have a great day and remember to SMILE!

Love,

Mikaila B.

12/11/13 – TOP-TO-BOTTOM

Soft snow +blue and sunny skies= EPIC DAY

Soft snow +blue and sunny skies= EPIC DAY

I am totally stoked to announce the opening of Stagecoach Express today! We now have Silver Spur, Pepi’s, Crossover, Upper North Bowl and Olympic Downhill available, giving us a total of 8 lifts and 12 groomed trails for 126 acres and 9 miles of skiable terrain. And if you havent already realized it that means WE ARE OPEN FROM TOP-TO-BOTTOM ON THE NEVADA SIDE! 

Ante Up made its debut yesterday and I saw a ton of riders ripping it up on the 19 available features. It is your move, Ante up and show us what you got, we are ready.

Stagecoach Lodge is now open for rentals, lift tickets and dining. FREE shuttles will take you up to Stagecoach if you want to avoid traffic in the parking lots. Free parking is available at the CA Base Lodge and Stagecoach Lodge and shuttles will be running between all three mountain access locations at no cost.

Today is shaping up to be a beautiful Heavenly day! We are expecting clear and sunny skies with a high near 42 degrees with light winds. I skied the last two days on my days off and the snow was ahh-mazing. I grabbed some demo skis and the snow felt like butter under my edges.  Current conditions are awesome, especially for laid out turns that slice the snow so nice.

So it is time to start stretching, grab your breakfast and strap in for some full mountain hot laps today. From the wise words of a dear friend, “Goggle tans are hot, skin cancer is not. Wear your SPF!”  Hope to see you on the sunny slopes!

Lifts open at 9:00 a.m.

-Mikaila B.

 

12/10/13-Ante Up…It’s your move

We built is...Let's see what you've got...

If you’ve got game, we want to see it. It’s time to step up and throw down at our intermediate Terrain Park, Ante Up.

We built it and now it is your move. We’re placing high bets on today’s riders; looking for the best tricks and talents our riders have to offer.

We have 19-features including: boxes, rails, and jumps.  Showcase what you’ve got, let loose and let the fun begin!

Not interested in the park? No worries, here at Heavenly we have something for everyone! With 8-groomed runs and 7-lifts we have something for everyone to enjoy!

Gondola lets loose at 9:00 this morning!

Let your hair down, relax and get on the mountain!

xoxo, Austyn Harrington

 

12/9/13-The Fairest Picture

"...fairest picture the whole world affords"

“…fairest picture the whole world affords”

At last the lake burst upon us–a noble sheet of blue water lifted six thousand three hundred feet above the level of the sea, and walled in by a rim of snow-clad mountain peaks that towered aloft three thousand feet higher still! As it lay there with the shadows of the mountains brilliantly photographed upon its still surface, I thought it must surely be the fairest picture the whole world affords.”-Mark Twain 1861

Standing at the top of the Gondola this morning I’d have to agree with Mr. Twain.  It takes my breath away looking at the massive deep blue in color- lake below me.  Looking to the sky, we have a beautiful bluebird day with the sun shining overhead.

Currently it is chilly out, but temperatures will rise this afternoon to a high of 28 degrees.  The wind will wind down this afternoon, turning the second half of the day into a sun- tanning opportunity a.k.a prime-time for goggle-tans.   Whip out your sunscreen if you want to avoid looking like a raccoon, but let me remind you,  women of ski towns usually find this raccoon look utterly attractive.

Comet is the Groomers’ pick of the day.  Stack up your personal style points ripping some GS turns down Comet’s early morning corduroy J

The first Gondola takes off at 9:00 a.m.

Shake away those Monday blues, and enjoy shredding Heavenly overlooking the “fairest picture the whole world affords,” Lake Tahoe.

xoxo, Austyn Harrington

 

12/8/13- Plenty of snow!

Snow-Capped Mountain Tops

Snow-Capped Mountain Tops

It’s the calm after the storm! The resort will open this morning at 8:30 a.m.

The winds have settled and the clouds have lifted.  Today will be mostly sunny with blue skies overhead.

According to NOAA, the current temperature is still in the negative; however, temps should rise to a high of about 15 degrees later today.  Needless to say, make sure to dress in layers!  Hand warmers and delicious hot chocolate are available in our lodges to keep you warm and comfortable throughout the day.

We currently have seven open runs, which are starting off as corduroy, and we have seven lifts running.  The latest storm brought us dry, light, fluffy snow, and the brisk temperatures today will help to maintain those awesome conditions.

The first Gondola cabin is set to take off in ten minutes, which leaves you plenty of time to stretch and limber up for a great day on the slopes.

Sledding for children is available at the top of the Gondola near Von Schmidt’s; cost is $10 per hour and fun is included!

Grab your kids, grab your hand-warmers, grab some coffee and we’ll see you on the slopes!

xoxo, Austyn Harrington

 

12-7-13-ETA 10:00 a.m.

24-30" up top!

24-30″ up top!

 

We are opening at 10:00 a.m.!!!! Gondola, Tamarack Express and Dipper Express open at 10:00 a.m., other lifts are on standby…

You better get up and ready for today! Fire up those snow blowers, get out those shovels and most importantly grab those pow skis and boards! If you have yet to look outside, take a peek…and smile in awe of nature’s beautiful blanket of fluff.

WIND MAY LIKELY IMPACT LIFT OPERATIONS THIS MORNING….STARTING OFF ON WIND HOLD THIS MORNING...DO NOT GO HOME!

On the mountain we received 24-30” at our summit and 12-18” at our base.  In terms of feet that’s 2-2.5 feet of snow up top!

Looking outside, I can see snowflake flurries and similar topography of Antarctica. The mountain seems to be in a cloud.  I feel like a million bucks this morning, especially knowing I am in route to the mountain, ready to board the Gondola and slash some fresh tracks.   Early bird gets the worm!!

xoxo, Austyn Harrington

 

12/6/13-SNOW ON THE WAY!

Snow kisses for you!!!

Snow kisses for you!!!

Can I get a whoop-whoop! Snow is headed our way!

This morning the skies are clear and the sun is out, but that will be changing late this afternoon as the storm rolls in.

Like yesterday, the air is chilly with temperatures about 17 degrees at the Heavenly Gondola.  Up at the summit- make sure you grab some hand-warmers.

We do have a moderate wind coming from the SW with gusts later this afternoon, which may impact lift operations.  I suggest waking up and grabbing a quick bite to eat and hitting the mountain early :)

The cold front we expect this afternoon calls for 10-15” of snow on-mountain overnight. (Whoop-Whoop!)  With this in mind, please dress accordingly and watch the sky as clouds will be rolling in this afternoon in preparation for this evening’s storm.

It is now 8:25 a.m. and if I were you I’d best be stretching out those leg muscles and starting the car.  Get ready for another awesome Heavenly Day!

LOVE ALWAYS,

Austyn Harrington

 

12/5/13- BURRR!

When it comes to snowmaking, Heavenly is the best in the West

When it comes to snowmaking, Heavenly is the best in the West

It is beautiful, mostly clear and sunny skies today, but boy is it COLD! With a high of 18 and light to moderate winds, today is perfect for preserving the 4-6’’ we received in the last 48 hours, and welcomes Mother Nature to deliver more snow hopefully late Friday!

Dress warm today! I didn’t take my own advice yesterday and definitely didn’t have on enough layers and I was not a happy camper. While it was beautiful and the conditions were great, I could not fully enjoy myself because I couldn’t shake the shivers. Don’t make my mistake, make sure you can ski or ride all day comfortably.

Conditions right now are packed powder that’s groomed, ideal for carving those turns and improving technique. We have 5 runs and 5 lifts in full operation after the recent opening of Dipper Express and Big Dipper last weekend. You can jib on our terrain park features located on the left side of California Trail. With these cold temps, our Snowmakers are taking full advantage and making snow around the clock. When it comes to snowmaking, Heavenly has the best system on the the West coast. We are working hard with Mother Nature to open more terrain very soon. Stay tuned!

To avoid long walks or traffic, park at the California Main Lodge and shuttle over to the Gondola for FREE. Relax and let someone drive you while you mentally plan your day.

If your children want to play too, have no fear we have sledding available for 8 and under at the top of the Gondola starting at 11:00 a.m. Enjoy the scenic views on the ride up and sled away the day. Stop by Tamarack Lodge to grab some chili and hot chocolate before you take your ride back down. Don’t forget to register the little sledders at the base of the gondola at 10 a.m. so you don’t miss out.

Please call 1-800-HEAVENLY and press 1 or visit skiheavenly.com  for your updated conditions!

Don’t stop doing your snow dance, and maybe wash your car! A little help from everyone and some positive energy will hopefully deliver us with that fluffy stuff we all know and love. More snow forecasted for Friday!

THINK SNOW

-Mikaila B.

 

12/4/13 – SNOW HAS ARRIVED!

Current view from Gondola

TIME TO WAKE UP, get out of bed, stretch and grab some breakfast because new snow has arrived!

At 5 a.m. this morning, our groomers confirmed that 4-6 inches of new snow has fallen in the last 24 hours! Heavenly’s forecast for today is mostly sunny and clear skies with a high of 13 and light winds ranging from 10-15 mph. Yep, you read that right, it is clear but IT IS COLD! Make sure to dress in WARM layers today and grab that sunny lens and pocket granola bar because a  bluebird day is on tap here at Heavenly, and you will probably be hot lapping!

With the opening of new terrain this past weekend, Heavenly now has 5 runs and 5 lifts in full operation. Make sure to slash some turns on our Groomers’ pick of the day, California Trail.

Do you have some little ones that want to play too? Sledding is available at the top of the Gondola for children 8 and under. Registration begins at 10 a.m. at the base of the Gondola and runs open at 11 a.m.

Do get caught in traffic trying to park! Park for FREE at the California Main Lodge and shuttle right on over to the Gondola for first chair stress and cost free.

Please call 1-800-HEAVENLY and press 1 or visit skiheavenly.com for your updated conditions.

Ride safe and remember to THINK SNOW!

-Mikaila B.

 

 

12/3/13- MY FAVORITE COLOR IS….

Bottom of World Cup

Bottom of World Cup

 

IMPORTANT UPDATE: MOUNTAIN IS CLOSED FOR THE DAY….

WE PLAN ON OPENING TOMORROW AT 9:00 a.m.

 

FINALLY, we can look out of our bedroom windows and believe it is the beginning of December!!  Down at lake level there is a light dusting of snow…but if you look up Ski Run and try to locate the top of the Face, you can see Heavenly completely engulfed in clouds.

Earlier this morning, while the most of you were off dreaming in la-la-land, our fabulous groomers were submerged in the clouds.  At 5:15 a.m. they confirmed at least one- inch of new snow.   We are expecting 8-10 more inches throughout the day on the mountain and expect 3-5 inches base/lake level.

Currently the Gondola and Tamarack Express are on wind-hold BUT… we are hoping to open with a possible delay start.

Looking to the sky, the clouds are hanging low over Lake Tahoe and about mid-tree line on Gunbarrel.  I’ve been staring at the clouds for the past 4-hrs and have noticed how quickly they are moving, giving me a sense of hope that they and the wind will make an expeditious departure away from Heavenly.

My ears are anticipating a call from dispatch regarding opening the mountain; whenever I get word, I promise to deliver the news ASAP.

As for now, I encourage you all to call up some friends and go to breakfast…might as well start the day with a hearty meal and good vibes.

Love,

Austyn Harrington

 

 12/2/13_Closed for the day 

@9:00 a.m.

Heavenly mountain is closed for the day due to Wind Advisory.  The good news? Snow is in the forecast for Tomorrow!

So, what will you do with your day? Might I suggest seeking out a hot tub :)

xoxo, Austyn Harrington

12/2/13- Wind advisory

GIVE ME FRESH COURDUROY

GIVE ME FRESH COURDUROY

As of 7:30 this morning, the mountain is on wind hold.  SO KEEP YOUR FINGERS CROSSED FOR THE WINDS TO CALM DOWN AND MAYBE, IF WE ALL CROSS THEM TOGETHER, THE MOUNTAIN WILL OPEN AT ITS SCHEDULED TIME OF 9:00 A.M.

I am just as bummed as all of you, so please let’s try to work together and kindly ask Mother Nature to take a breather…and by breather I mean to say, “Mother nature, hold your breath and relax!”  If in fact, this community finger crossing does end up working, plan on mild temperatures similar to yesterday with sunshine in the morning and cloud accumulation later this afternoon.

Yesterday after work I decided to take some turns on the slopes, but even before making to the top of the Gondola, I felt as though I was going to faint due to extreme overheating! Right away I regretted my poor layering decision and lack of water consumption. I thought about it last night and came to the conclusion that maybe I should take the advice I give others about how to dress appropriately and hydrate at a winter resort.  So, today I am wearing my layers, and I would really love to be able to go up the Gondola and make it to the top without looking like I ran a marathon. Keep those fingers tightly crossed and let’s see if we can sway Mother Nature’s brute attitude!

Love always,

Austyn Harrington 

 

 

 

 

12/1/13- EARLY CHRISTMAS…NEW TERRAIN!

Woof-Woof and Happy December!

Happy December and Merry Early Christmas!

Yesterday on my breakfast break, I went across the street to Red Hut;  as I sat down at the counter I caught myself swaying and humming along to the music playing in the background.  Spacing out and staring outside, I ignored my embarrassing tune and instead focused on the other customers who seemingly swayed and wiggled to a beat similar to my own.

Thankfully, Ivonne (best waitress ever!) knocked me back into consciousness and asked me if I knew what I wanted to order.  Naturally, I ordered the Turkey Ortega with pepper jack cheese on sourdough bread with a side of french fries.  As she walked away, I muttered under my breath, the lyrics to “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”…

Awkwardly, I asked the man sitting next to me, “Excuse me sir, but do you happen to know the date?’

Laughing and giving me a jolly response, I heard what I had already known, “The date is November 30th.”

So there it is.  Christmas music is playing, and strangers are spreading jolly smiles. AND WITH JOLLY SMILES….I give you all, an early, yet well-deserved Chrismas present: New Heavenly terrain and….SNOW PREDICTED TO FALL THIS WEEK!!

Big Dipper joins Orion, the California Trail, and our 7-Terrain Park features.  There is possible delay for Big Dipper as our fabulous Ski Patrol finish prepping it, however, it is scheduled to open today!

This morning you can expect similar to yesterday’s weather, with sunshine and blue skies.  Towards lunch time, the skies will accumulate with clouds and wind will pick up with gusts reaching up to 30 mph. Temperatures will remain in the mid 30s until close.

Remember to dress in layers as we are expecting drastic weather change in our near future!
Take this pleasant weather as a head start on your goggle tans!

Love,

Austyn Harrington

P.S. If hear a faint humming… :)

 


  • Mark

    What is with the late updates on mountain conditions?

  • SkiHeavenly

    Hey Mark- Sorry for the delay today. We were facing technical difficulties. You can always call 1-800-HEAVENLY to check on the most recent conditions.

  • Donny

    Will there be more runs open for the upcoming holidays?

  • Jesse Plate

    Hey Donny- We’ve opened the California side of the mountain and are making snow as often as the weather lets us. We’ll keep you posted on additional openings. Thanks!

  • bill

    So it sounds like Stagecoach is now pay parking?

  • Jesse Plate

    Hey Bill- parking at Stagecoach is free. Sorry if that was unclear.