Hey Heavenly family,
We get a lot of questions about weather and snow so I wanted to go beyond our daily updates to give everyone the scoop on the early 2014 forecast here at Heavenly.
Currently, we have 21 lifts accessing 18 trails and 14 miles of skiable terrain that lets you cross the Cal/Nevada state line on the best snow surface conditions in Lake Tahoe. We have three open access points to the mountain: the Gondola in Heavenly Village, the California Lodge off of Ski Run Blvd, and Stagecoach in Nevada.
For the past week we have been experiencing high pressure systems that keep the skies clear and sunny during the day and the nights cool for snow making. Bluebird days are enjoyed an average of 300 days a year in Tahoe, so soak up some of that California sun while enjoying our breathtaking views and top to bottom skiing and riding on the NV side. The return of cold temperatures has allowed us to re-fire the west-coast’s largest snowmaking system and we are working every opportunity we can to keep that white stuff blanketing our slopes.
Nestled on the beautiful south shore of Lake Tahoe, Heavenly’s peak summit sits at an elevation of 10,067 feet, higher than all other resorts in the basin. This helps keep our snow cold and dry and makes it easy to collaborate with our amazing snowmaking and grooming teams to ensure that our conditions are top notch for our guests. When it comes to snowmaking Heavenly is the best in the West. Our snowmakers are able to cover 73% of Heavenly’s terrain, making it the West Coast’s largest and most powerful snowmaking system. Heavenly also is home to the largest fleet of groomers of its kind in North America, totaling at 16; so you can say we have our surfaces covered.
Looking forward, long range forecasts are talking about a shift in the weather pattern potentially in the second week of January. We’re hoping to watch new snow start falling as the high pressure passes. In the mean time we will continue to blow snow every night to refresh our trails and work towards opening new terrain. These conditions are perfect for learning and progression. January is “learn to ski and ride” month here at Heavenly, so the best time to learn is NOW. So come join us for top-to-bottom skiing and riding with terrain crossing two states on the best snow surface conditions in Lake Tahoe and enjoy the sunshine. That view isn’t too bad either!
Keep snow dancing!
~Mikaila Bird, Snow Reporter/TV Show Producer