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January Daily Snow Reports

 2/1/14-JUMP START FEBRUARY…

Winter Wonderland here at Heavenly Mountain

Winter Wonderland here at Heavenly Mountain

January flew by, and February is here! Our recent snowfall of 24” gave us that little push we’ve been waiting for. Today with sunny skies and just a light wind, temperatures will stay cool, keeping our trails covered with awesome conditions.

Lake Tahoe’s deep blue waters is surrounded by snow-capped mountains- and Heavenly Mountain’s skiable terrain is nearing 19 miles covering 253.4 acres of the Sierra’s.  Our trails are covered with Mother Nature’s winter present allowing mountain expansion and opening new terrain. Today we are running 24 lifts giving access to 39 trails across CA and NV.

All season passholders head to the Gondola for first tracks, loading at 8:00 a.m.; free breakfast for the first 200 in Tamarack Lodge from 8:15-9:30a.m. For everyone else, lifts open at 8:30 a.m via Boulder, Stagecoach, the Gondola, or CA Main Lodge.

Adventure Peak is open with two sledding lanes and five exhilarating tubing lanes. Epic Mix Racing is open from 10am-3pm and did I mention our….39 shredable trails across two states?!?

Kick off this weekend with a bang, first at Unbuckle, Tahoe’s Ultimate Ski Après party from 3:30-5:30 p.m with our ravishing Heavenly Angels. Get your groove on and break down dem’ beats for the Snow Gods.

Make sure to bring your little one’s down to the base of the Gondola at 4:30 for Ripperoo’s Parade!

Enjoy our soft, new snow and have a great day!

~Austyn Harrington, 2/1/14 @7:30 a.m.

1/31/14-Snow Gods are in town…

23-25" new snow

23-25″ new snow

 Thanks to Mother Nature, we have new snow along with additional terrain open  and ready to shred! Overnight 4-6” fell making our storm total 23-25” within the past 48hrs.  Currently it is chilly at a mere 19 degrees at summit and completely socked in. We are expecting snow flurries to decrease as skies will gradually turn mostly sunny this afternoon with a moderate wind and high of 21 degrees.

Currently 18 lifts are running and 28 trails are open and covered in majestically beautiful new snow; Ski Patrol is out scoping the mountain looking for potential trail openings- stay tuned for updates, call 1-800-HEAVENLY press 1 for the latest or check here.

Sky Express is on hold therefore you are able to ski/ride from NV to CA but not the reverse. Our team is working on opening Sky Express as soon as possible, as for now please take advantage of our free shuttle buses running between bases.

Big ups to our Snowmakers’ for teaming up with Mother Nature allowing us to open more terrain and keep our snow conditions in better than normal conditions. We are stoked on snow and stoked on winter here in Lake Tahoe.

Keep snow dancing and we’ll see you at Unbuckle for happy hour and drink specials.

Friendly reminder… tomorrow season passholders have first tracks up from the Gondola at 8:00 a.m. and free breakfast at Tamarack Lodge, 8:15-9:30a.m.

Cool, enjoy the snow!

~Austyn Harrington, 1/31/14 @8:30 a.m.

 

1/30/14 – SNOOOOOOW WAY!

Holy Snow!

Photo by: Dave Carr 1/30/14

 

UPDATE: The Gondola will open on a delayed start at 10:00 a.m. For mountain access please use CA Main Lodge or Stagecoach. The rest of the mountain will open as it is cleared by patrol and our mountain ops team.

As you can see from the photo above taken at the top of Groove Chair, Mother Nature pulled through and delivered 5-7 inches overnight and 10-12 inches of  new snow  as of 8:00 a.m. and it is still snowing! Snow showers are expected to continue throughout the day with 100% chance of precipitation. It is currently 25 degrees on the summit and temperatures are forecasted to drop into the teens this morning. Moderate to strong winds from the West are passing through with the storm. Winds may impact lift operations, please call 1-800-HEAVENLY and press 1 for current conditions or by checking here.

We plan to open at 9:00 a.m. this morning with 18 lifts giving access to 24 trails and two terrain parks for over 16 miles of skiable terrain. We have top to bottom skiing in Nevada and skiing across both states. Mountain access can be found at Stagecoach, at the top of Kingsbury Grade, the Heavenly Village Gondola near Stateline, and CA Main Lodge located off of Ski Run Blvd. Ski school is offered through the Gondola and CA Main Lodge. Please take advantage of our free shuttles that run between bases. We may experience delays in opening parts of the mountain to ensure safety for all our guests.

Ante Up, our intermediate park, has 4 jumps and 28 features. Three of the jumps have additional lips for a smaller jump option. Groove, our small park, has 10 features on the skiers’ left side of the run. Make sure to cruise over to our Groomers’ picks of the day; In CA we have Ridge Run and in NV we have Orion. Both choices are awesome intermediate trails with pitch changes to enhance your progression.

In honor of National Safety Awareness Month we advise and hold everyone responsible for “knowing the code“. Today’s code is:  *People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid collision with a downhill guest. Give the downhill skier plenty of room when overtaking.

Stay on open designated trails today, as early season conditions still apply.

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

Stay safe and KEEP THINKING SNOW!

-Mikaila 1/30/14 @ 7:45 a.m.

 

 

1/29/14 - 60% chance of precipitation after 5:00 p.m. 

Snow in the near future

Snow in the near future

UPDATE: The Gondola, Tamarack Express, Big Easy, Gondola surface lifts, Sky Express, Comet Express and Dipper Express  are currently on ‘’hold’’ to high winds. The CA side is still accessible as high as Canyon Express via the CA Main Lodge. The NV side can be accessed through Stagecoach Express located at the top of Kingsbury Grade for skiing and riding as high as Olympic Express. Skiing and riding between two states is not possible with the “holds” in place. Please take advantage of our FREE shuttles that run between all our bases throughout the day.

 Today’s forecast is expected to be mostly cloudy skies and a 60% chance of precipitation after 5:00 p.m. hopefully bringing new snow for Heavenly overnight into tomorrow.  Temperatures will range in the upper 30’s with a high near 40 and moderate to strong winds from the West. Due to the incoming weather system, winds may impact lift operations, please call 1-800-HEAVENLY and press 1 for current conditions or check here for your most current updated conditions.  

We open this morning with 18 lifts giving access to 24 freshly groomed trails. With the recent addition of two CA trails accessible via Sky Express, High Roller available for ski through and High Five bring us to over 16 miles of skiable terrain. We have two terrain parks open, Groove our small park and Ante Up, our intermediate park,  giving us a total of 38 features and four jumps. Three of the jumps in Ante Up have additional lips for a smaller jump option.

Mountain access can be gained through three locations today: Stagecoach, located at the top of Kingsbury Grade, the Heavenly Village Gondola near Stateline, and CA Main Lodge, off of Ski Run Blvd. Ski school is offered through the CA Main Lodge. If you have registered for childrens’ ski school through the Gondola, groups will still meet at the Gondola then shuttle over to CA Main Lodge.

Cruise over to our Groomers’ picks of the day: in CA we have selected Maggie’s, an great trail for progression. In NV we have selected Orion, a nice wide-open groomer with amazing views of Carson Valley.

In honor of Safety Awareness Month, we advise and hold everyone responsible for “knowing the code”. Today we remind our skiers and riders to:

*Always stay in control. Be able to stop or avoid objects in your path.

Lifts open at 9:00 a.m. and close at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon.

Stay safe  and have an awesome day! …..and don’t forget to THINK SNOW!

-Mikaila Bird 1/29/14 @ 7:30 a.m.

 

 

 

1/28/14-Precipitation…

NOAA- Rain and Snow!

NOAA- Rain and Snow!

Skies are overcast this morning and according to Western Weather, this is by far the best looking system we’ve seen in a while! Skies will remain mostly cloudy throughout this afternoon offering a slight chance of light rain; this evening temperatures will cool down weakening the high pressure.  Tomorrow, clouds will increase, winds will pick up, and chances of rain/snow increase as a fairly well supported front moves into the Tahoe Basin. Significant snowfall is expected Thursday. Finally precipitation is in our forecast!

With snow in our forecast (check it out!), please make sure that you are prepared for winter conditions. It’s time to put your bikes back into storage and whip out your snow blower and shovels!  Tune your skis, or bring them into Heavenly Sports and get a professional tune just in time for new snow.

Today is a great day to get on the mountain and work out your legs, preparing them for new snow and new elements to consider. With new snow, our terrain is likely to change, breaking away from groomers and looking forward to shaped moguls, softer snow, natural coverage and maybe even some pow!

Lifts open at 9:00 this morning, think snow and have a great day!

~Austyn Harrington, 1/28/14 @7:30 a.m.

 

1/27/14- High Five AND High Roller…

Snow?!?! On the Way!

Snow?!?! On the Way!

Despite Mother Nature’s attempt to throw off our winter, Heavenly’s Snowmaking fleet allows us to open additional terrain while maintaining our awesome surface conditions. Blowing as much snow as possible and expanding our mountain, gives our guests the opportunity to explore Heavenly and shred over 16 miles of terrain. All levels of ski/riders are welcome as we have easy and intermediate trails open along with two terrain parks, small and medium.

The expansion of Heavenly’s California side adds in two new trails via Sky Express. Upper High Roller  is a groomed trail with big rollers and a combination of steep vertical elements that shoots you onto lower High Five and spits you back to the bottom of Sky.  Like its opposing run Ridge, High Roller and High Five give spectacular views of Lake Tahoe while dynamically strengthening your thighs and giving your legs a full-on work out.

Today the skies will stay mostly sunny with just a light wind and mild temperatures ranging from mid 40s to lower 50s. Be prepared for winds to pick up this afternoon, and storm clouds to roll on into the Tahoe Basin; there’s a 20% chance of snow forecasted for tonight! Cooler temperatures will allow the Snow Gods and our Snowmakers’ to do what they do best…make snow!

Grab some breakfast and head to Heavenly for a full day of adventure and exploring our new terrain, see ya on the slopes.

~Austyn Harrington, 1/27/14 @7:30 a.m.

 

1/26/14-Sunday Funday…

Looking down  Ante Up

Looking down Ante Up

Happy Sunday Heavenly! The sun will be out today despite some mid to high level clouds pushing over Lake Tahoe Basin, we will see mostly clear skies. Highs are forecasted to reach mid to upper 40s today at our summit accompanied with a light to moderate northerly wind.

Today we have a slopestyle competition in our intermediate terrain park, Ante Up. You can register this morning FROM 8:45-9:45 a.m. at the base of the Gondola for $25. Competition runs from 11-2pm and awards will be handed out from 2-4pm. World Cup’s Kinder Cup race is today! If you are visiting with your kids’, come on over to World Cup, at California Base, and check out the little shredders! Inspire the little tykes to progress with skiing or riding today!

We may have snow in our near future; for the time being please keep up those snow dances and keep thinking snow!

Have a great day, see ya on the mountain! Lifts open at 8:30 a.m.

~Austyn Harrington, 1/26/14 @7:30am

1/25/14: Head to the Gondola!

Fresh Tracks 8:00am

Fresh Tracks 8:00am

Welcome to the weekend! Today we are expecting a mix of clouds and sun with light winds and temperatures ranging from mid 30s to mid 40s. We welcome our Season Passholder’s to the Gondola for early loading at 8:00a.m. For the next two Saturday’s we will welcome Season Passholder’s for early loading up the Gondola only; 8:00 a.m. is the new 8:30 a.m.

Today we are running 24 lifts accessing 24 trails and over 15 miles of skiable terrain. All four mountain access locations are open, including Boulder Lodge which is great for all beginner ski/riders looking for easy trails and progression. Boulder Bowl trail will get beginners ready for exploring the rest of the mountain in no time!

Stop on in for lunch at CA Main Lodge or come on by Stein’s on your way down Mombo Meadow’s for a beer in our Umbrella Bar. If you’re looking for Tahoe’s hottest Ski Après Party- you don’t want to miss UNBUCKLE, hosted by our beautiful Heavenly Angels mixing up drink specials, appetizer’s, live DJ music and of course, our ladies’ will be shakin’ dem’ hips.

Family day on the mountain? Great! Bring your little ones’ down to CA Main Lodge 2-5pm for our Kids’ Safety Awareness Scavenger Hunt. All kids are welcome. Ripperoo’s Parade starts at 4:30 near the base of the Heavenly Village Gondola.

It’s a great day to be on Heavenly Mountain- grab your gear and hit the slopes!

~Austyn Harrington, 1/25/14 @7:00 a.m.

 

1/24/14-Kickoff your weekend…

Cal Trail Sun Rise over Lake Tahoe

Cal Trail Sunset over Lake Tahoe

Good morning and happy Friday Lake Tahoe. Overnight Heavenly Mountain received 1” of new snow, covering our trails with a fresh blanket of soft freshies. Today’s snow conditions are better than yesterday according to our Groomers’ and Mombo Meadow’s our CA run of the day received special winching to ensure a great day on the mountain.

This morning our skies are mostly sunny and winds could impact lift operations. Winds are expected to decrease by this afternoon and turn into a light breeze by the end of the ski day. As of now, lifts are on their normal schedules, however if lifts are impacted, the first to close would be the Gondola; therefore Stagecoach and CA Main Lodge are your best bets for first tracks today.

This morning temperatures are chilly approximately 27 degrees at CA Main Lodge. Temperatures will increase into the mid 30s today, topping off at 37 degrees by mid-afternoon. Please wear thin layers today, and stay hydrated while on the mountain for a full day of riding. Our one-of-a-kind DJ cat will drop some beats at 1:00p.m. near Tamarack Lodge and later, join our Heavenly Angels for Tahoe’s Ultimate Ski Après Party. Unbuckle kicks off in Tamarack Lodge at 3:30-5:30 with drink specials, live DJ and snow dancing!

We have a full day scheduled today, so grab your gear and we’ll see ya on the slopes! Lifts open at 9:00 a.m.

~Austyn Harrington, 1/24/14 @7:00 a.m.

 

1/23/2014 –  Happy Thursday!

Time to Ante UP

THE GONDOLA IS CLOSED FOR THE DAY, ALONG WITH: BIG EASY, BEAR CAVE CARPET, RED FIR MITEY MITE,  AND THE TUBING LIFT. PLEASE CALL 1-800-HEAVENLY and press 1  for current conditions or check  here for current  condtions.

Today is looking to be another Heavenly day here in Lake Tahoe. If you are reading this, you better be stretching and eating breakfast to get ready for a awesome day on the mountain. Today we are expecting cooler temperatures ranging in the mid 30’s with a high of 35 degrees. It is currently 23 degrees on the summit and we are expecting mostly clear and sunny skies with variable mid to high level clouds with the passing of an Eastern Pacific ridge over the Great Basin also bringing moderate to strong winds from the SE.  Winds may impact lift operations today.

Temperatures will be around 10 degrees cooler than the past few days so make sure to wear multiple thin layers for the best body insulation with changing temperatures. Our 18 open lifts start turning at 9:00 a.m. giving access to 22 freshly groomed trails. Today is the perfect day to shred it up in our terrain parks which offer a total of 38 features and 4 jumps!

Lifts open at 9:00 a.m.

Stay safe,

Mikaila Bird 1/23/14 @ 7:30 a.m.

 

 

1/22/14 – Beautiful Lake Tahoe!

This view never gets old

This view will never get old

Photo Credit: @kelsjanepot: Instagram

Good morning! We are all so lucky to be able to ski and ride in an area surrounded by such beauty. One of the best parts about Heavenly is its amazing views of Lake Tahoe. When you are on the chairlift make sure to turn around, the sight is overwhelming it’s so uniquely beautiful. When you are skiing and riding around make sure to stop and take an Epic Mix photo with the best backdrop around by one of our friendly photographers.

Our awesome snowmaking team and grooming teams have been handling business every chance possible and continuing to maintain our terrain and keeping our snow surface conditions’ reputation of being the best in Lake Tahoe. We open this morning with 18 lifts giving access to 22 freshly groomed trails.

This weather is keeping us all outside and enjoying the outdoors. It is currently 29 degrees at the summit and we are expecting highs in the mid 40’s. Get up there early and enjoy some arcable groomers and spectacular views of Lake Tahoe. The mountain is your friend and it wants you to come out and play!

Stay safe out there and soak up that sun,

Mikaila Bird 1/22/14 @ 7:30 a.m.

 

 

1/21/14…VACATION TIME…

Umbrella Bar

Umbrella Bar

Now that it is Tuesday, the holiday crowds are gone and Heavenly is the place to be!  Join us on the mountain so we can share our favorite trails and point you in the direction of wide-open groomers.

With the mountain for yourself today, you might want to cruise over to Mombo Meadow’s where you will be able lay down your edges and feel the divine crease of our awesome corduroy. Maybe you should take Olympic Express and keep to the left so you can see ahead of time the curve of the terrain and execute rounded turns. Hit up Big Dipper’s steep vertical and dig your skis/board into the slope as you glide down and merge onto Orion.

Take a lunch break this afternoon and sit outside, enjoying the sunshine, bluebird skies. Relax, unbuckle your boots and lounge on one of our beach chairs at Stein’s and our Umbrella Bar.

Relax today. The holiday’s are over and now is the time to begin your vacation.

~Austyn Harrington, 1/21/14 @7:00am

1/20/14-MLK DAY…

Martin Luther King

Happy MLK Day! Celebrate your day off of school or work with us at Heavenly Mountain. With abundant sunshine in today’s forecast, we are expecting for temperatures to reach into the upper 40s, topping off at 47 degrees this afternoon. With a calm, gentle wind, Heavenly’s 24 lifts will start to turn at 8:30 this morning giving you first chair opportunities and first tracks on our angelic corduroy.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. dedicated his life to improving the world in which he lived—and challenged the rest of us to do the same. Here at Heavenly, we want to make sure our guests have an “experience of a lifetime” as we are dedicated in upholding our standards and making for the best possible experience we can give. Today we honor Dr. King and wish our guests a safe and happy holiday, spent with family, friends and fun.

See ya on the slopes!

~Austyn Harrington, 1/20/14 @7:00am

 

1/19/14-“Rumpelstiltskin Burger”…

Booyah's Burger's

It’s another gorgeous day in Lake Tahoe and skies are clear and will stay mostly sunny today. We  are expecting temperatures to reach into the upper 40s with a light breeze throughout the day. With lovely weather in the forecast, you can plan on spending the day at Heavenly taking advantage of all our awesome perks including the slopes, tubing, sledding, and great eating arenas.

If you’ve never been to Booyah’s, located at the top of the California Arial Tram inside Lakeview Lodge, FOMO (fear of missing out) will settle in soon; Booyah’s is essentially an on-mountain, make-your-own-burger with absolutely astonishing views of Lake Tahoe. Don’t forget to name your “maseterpice”and enjoy your delicious one-of-a-kind, hands-down, hunger-stomping, burger!

Yesterday’s,Rumpelstiltskin consisting of:  1/3 pound elk burger with goat cheese, sautéed onions, jalapeños, pepperoncini’s, and chipotle mayonnaise on a pretzel bun, all for under $15 bucks.

Not your typical burger joint, but hands-down the best on- mountain restaurant with astonishing direct views of Lake Tahoe and an outside patio to prove it.

Lifts start turning at 8:30 a.m. It’s time to stretch your legs and get your appetite rumbling as you head to the mountain. From first chair to  final touch of naming your Booyah’s burger, see ya on the slopes.

~Austyn Harrington, 1/19/14 @7:00 a.m.

 

1/18/14-GO ALL IN…

Crush the Hawk's!

Crush the Hawk’s!

It’s a first chair last Gondola type of day, as we have events on events planned out for an awesome day up at Heavenly Mountain. We’ve got beautiful sunny skies and temperatures reaching upper 40s lower 50s today.  Lifts start up at 8:30 this morning and we are opening all 4 mountain access locations. Boulder Lodge, Stagecoach, the Gondola and CA Main Lodge are open; ski school will be offered out of Boulder, the Gondola and CA Main Lodge.

We now have a whopping 24 lifts accessing 24 trails with over 15 miles of skiable terrain. Today we are letting go of any setbacks and Going All In.

If you are strapping on your board or skis for the first time today-or if you need a refresher, come on over to Boulder Lodge where we have ski school available along with beginner access lifts and green circle runs. Boulder Lodge is a great access point for our guests, gaining experience on snow and gaining confidence in your ski/ride abilities. With two beginner lifts, you will see progression almost immediately and in no time at all you will be ready for the rest of the mountain.

We’ve added new terrain on the California side as well! Our second terrain park is ready for all our shredders. Groove, our small terrain park has 10 features on the left side of the trail and on the right it is groomed for a fun cruiser.

Right around noon, come on over to Tamarack Lodge where we will be kicking off our 49er’s Playoff Party. We are crankin’ up our one of a kind DJ Cat and for all our 49er fans, make sure you show your support for swag giveaways and rewards.

Ripperoo’s Parade begins at 4:30 at the Heavenly Village near the base of the Gondola. Bring your little ones’ down for a good time and hang out with Ripperoo, the shredding dog!

Like I said, events on events…Unbuckle begins at 3:30-5:30 near Tamarack Lodge. If you like music, dancing and our beautiful Heavenly Angels, Unbuckle is the place for you! The ladies will host our Ski Après Party with drink specials and FREE SWAG and plenty of dancing to get the Snow Gods jealous :).

Let er’ roll today, fill up on water and protein and head for the mountain for a full day of Heavenly.  See ya on the slopes!

~Austyn Harrington 1/18/14 @7:00 a.m

1/17/14-FAST FRIDAY…

Epic Mix

Happy Fast Friday! Today is the first day our Epic Mix Racing is open! We’ve been blowing snow on it for the past week and it’s ready to rock with soft snow that will leave you no choice but to bring out the racer inside you.

Today’s the day to settle who out of your buddies is the fastest, who has the cleanest cut turn and who can brag all day long…until tomorrow about who is the overall fastest skier on the mountain. Epic Mix racing is the one spot on the mountain where our Ski Patrol encourage fast ski/riding.  We encourage boasting and we encourage “friendly competition”.

Not only does the opening of Epic Mix give you the opportunity to shred without holding back, but it also gives you an excuse to sharpen your edges and show us how you’ve taken advantage of our awesome groomed trails. Our groomed trails give our ski/riders the opportunity to progress as an athlete and the race course is where you get to prove you athleticism.

With bluebird skies and temperatures in the upper 40s today, there’s no excuse as to why you won’t be up at Heavenly.

We hear ya, talk the talk on the lifts, now it’s time to walk the walk and put your money where your mouth is.  Racers’ ready? 3….2…1….Up Up Up!

~Austyn Harrington 1/17/14 @7:00 a.m.

 

1/16/14 – Just look at it, in all its glory

Heavenly, in all its glory

Look at that view! Heavenly is beautiful from all angles, especially when your carving down a slope that looks like it ends in a big blue lake. We are all very fortunate to have such a beautiful place to play. Today we are expecting a clear and sunny day bringing mild temperatures ranging in the upper 40’s on the mountain. Some light winds from the East will bring a nice breeze on the summit. Bring your camera today; you will capture some breathtaking views from the high elevation.

We will open at 9:00 a.m. with 18 lifts giving access to 20 freshly groomed trails. Get out there early and give your edges a taste of some of that corduroy.

Unbuckle, Tahoe’s ultimate après party, kicks off at 3:30 p.m. at Tamarack Lodge. Join our Heavenly Angels for dancing to live DJ music, free swag and half-priced drink specials! Transition into your night with us, the right way.

Remember to “Know the Code“. Today’s code is: People ahead of you always have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid a collision with the downhill guest. Give the downhill skier plenty of room when overtaking.

Grab that sunscreen, your camera and your pocket snacks because today is looking mighty fine.

Stay safe and THINK SNOW!

-Mikaila Bird,  1/16/14 @ 7:00 a.m.

 

 

1/15/14 – “Safety first, then teamwork”

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Today is the first full moon of 2014 and considered the smallest moon of the year, they’re calling it the “Mini Moon”. You can watch it rise starting at precisely 5:02 p.m. this evening. As I drove into work this morning I saw, the already very full moon, high and mighty directly above the lake. It illuminated the water with such a unique glow and while I was admiring it, I decided today is going to be a great day despite my early morning grumpiness when I first awoke. Just seeing that view made my day, so it is definitely worth a look later today once it has risen over the lake and reached its peak size. Some speak of superstitions during a full moon and talks of “reading the signs”. I don’t know much about that, but I do know about reading signs, and I am talking about signs the posted with warnings staring at you all over the mountain. We put those up not for trail decoration, but to serve as a reminder to everyone to be aware of your surroundings and others near you to ensure the safety of everyone on the mountain. So, while enjoying the views and making plans for the full moon, make sure to read the signs!

In honor of National Safety Awareness Month, we advise and hold everyone responsible for knowing the code. Today’s code is: Always stay in control. Be able to avoid objects or people in your path.

Our Ski Patrol team and the Heavenly Avalanche Rescue dogs are hosting a free Avalanche Awareness Night, tonight from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the CA Main Lodge. They will be showing the film, “The Fine Line” and available to answer any questions about avalanche and mountain safety.

Today’s forecast is looking to be beautiful, clear and sunny skies with highs in the upper 40’s and light to moderate winds from the East. We are opening with 18 lifts giving access to 20 freshly groomed trails. With our recent snowfall of 2-3 inches and our powerful snowmaking system our groomers have been able to keep everything freshly groomed and our snow surfaces on point. We are maintaining our current terrain and working towards opening new trails.

See you on the slopes and later tonight for Avalanche Awareness Night! Watch out for werewolves…or bears!

Think SNOW,

Mikaila Bird, 1/15/14 @ 7:30 a.m.

 

1/14/14-LET THE MOUNTAIN BE YOUR GUIDE…

Let Heavenly be Your Guide

Let Heavenly be Your Guide

“Skiing is a dance and the mountain always leads” –Anonymous

I believe this quote is sympathetic to all skiers/riders and especially applicable to Heavenly Mountain.  Skiing/riding takes a ton of athletic ability and demands your full attention whether you’re in the midst of deep powder, hanging on the edge of a cliff- or if you’re cruising one of our awesome groomers, you must pay attention to the mountain and respect each curve of her amazing layout. Sometimes I feel unsure of my skiing ability but am so thankfully reminded each day that I am not alone in my fear. We all at times, feel uneasy about our abilities but should keep in mind that within fear comes brilliant encouragement and pushes progression.

The mountain always leads us in our progression and leads us towards growing as an athlete. Respect the mountain and go with the flow of other skiers/riders as you gain confidence in your ability and are able to relax and enjoy the snow beneath your feet as you swiftly glide down the mountain.  Take a breather and inhale the mountains’ fresh air. Enjoy yourself and enjoy the opportunity of being outdoors.  Relax and smile knowing you are right where you are supposed to be at this very moment in time.

Skies are clear and temperatures will reach mid to upper 40s today allowing for a full day on the mountain.  Let the mountain be your guide, as you embark on this enjoyable adventure of being alive and free to ski/ride as you please. Lifts open at 9:00 this morning.

~Austyn Harrington 1/14/14 @7:30 am

1/13/14-SHRED-TASTIC…

Look out for our Little Rippers!

Look out for our Little Rippers!

Driving to work this morning was absolutely spectacular, the moon was full with a yellowish tint as it reflected across the beautiful waters of Lake Tahoe. With clear skies, the stars were out making the drive exceptionally charming.

Thanks to my early-morning drive, I can predict the future, as in future weather through 4pm today. Based on the brightness of the stars, I predict abundant sunshine for today, with bluebird clear skies and temperatures ranging from mid 30s to lower 40s. You can expect a light to moderate breeze as you carve our awesome 20 trails of soft corduroy. We are running 18 lifts this lovely Monday and expect to see little-rippers shredding CA and NV in ski school.

Check out Mombo Meadow’s, a recent addition to open terrain on the CA side of Heavenly. Since we offer ski/riding between CA and NV, we expect our guests to take advantage of our terrain and ski/ride from one state to the other.  Take breaks throughout your day and rest your eyes on the sapphire blue waters of Lago Tahoe (Lake Tahoe) as you admire our geographical location and picturesque beauty of the Sierra Mountain Range.

Lifts open at 9:00 this morning and will run until 4:00 p.m. Have a shred-tastic day!

~Austyn Harrington 1/13/14 @7:00am

1/12/14- 2-3″ NEW SNOW!

 

2-3" NEW SNOW

2-3″ NEW SNOW

Yesterday’s snowfall of 2-3” on-mountain means we have a fresh layer of snow to enjoy this morning! Get yourselves out of bed and eat a healthy breakfast this morning as the first chair starts turning at 8:30.

If you’re headed to Stagecoach you will be able to shred Olympic Downhill before all the sleepyheads and carve out some sweet turns. If you’re on your way to Cal Main Lodge, take Gunbarrel Express to the top of Patsy’s, ski down and jump onto Powderbowl in order to get first turns on our run of the day, Mombo Meadow’s.  Or if the Gondola is your mountain access today, hit up Orion our NV run of the day and enjoy fresh corduroy on soft new snow.   If you’re riding Heavenly today, you’ve already made the best decision you possible could have, and are in for a full day of adventure on the mountain.

Heavenly Mountain is as diverse as ski resorts can get. Besides awesome groomers, we have an intermediate terrain park that will get you heart pumping as you ride Tamarack over 4 jumps and 27 features. If you have the guts to head into Ante Up, you have jibbing-paradise available all day long. If the slopes aren’t really what you’re looking for, we still want you to enjoy the mountains with Adventure Peak where we offer sledding and tubing!

Playing in the snow can be interpreted a lot of different ways for different people. Here at Heavenly, we understand that snow is as diverse as our guests; therefore we have many different options for your definition of “playing in the snow”.

Remember to have fun today and stay alert for other ski/riders by always looking uphill!

~Austyn Harrington, 1/12/14 @8:00 a.m.

 

1/11/14-Stagecoach and Cal Main Lodge…

Looking for winter!

Today’s winds are effecting lift operations on the mountain. The Gondola, upper Nevada and upper California are currently on wind hold. All of us at heavenly wish you a happy wintery day!

Due to increasing speeds and very gusty winds, our two mountain access locations are Stagecoach and Cal Main Lodge.  Stagecoach gives access to Olympic Express and Olympic Downhill, a longer run with great coverage. As for California, the tram, Gunbarrel, Powderbowl Express, Patsy’s and Groove chair are running giving access to Mombo Meadows, Mombo, Patsy’s, Cat track and Maggie’s.  We recommend beginners to start at Cal Main Lodge where ski school will also be offered.

For most current conditions check regularly online here or call our snow phone at 1-800-HEAVENLY and press 1.

Hold on Heavenly and get excited for some weather!

~Austyn Harrington 1/11/14 @8:20 a.m.

1/10/14-SNOW-Movement…

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Join the SNOW-movement

Looks like our Heavenly Angels and loyal Unbuckle followers are communicating quite persistently with the Snow Gods as we are forecasting snow in the next 24hrs.. Keep snow dancing and keep thinking snow Lake Tahoe; we are on to something BIG! With new snow in our near future and our snowmakers’ allowing for us to extend our snowmaking season with or without Mother Natures’ permission, Heavenly Mountain has hit the jackpot.

Keep a lookout and you just might see us heading downtown tonight, gathering our winnings and heading back to the mountain to show off our prize. We would like to formally invite all our guests and locals in celebrating  winter, cloudy skies, and snow flurries for all.

Lifts open at 9:00 a.m. and run till 4:00; unless you join the party in Tamarack lodge from 3:30 TO 5:30 p.m. I suggest joining the SNOW-movement and dancing with our Angels to help influence and persuade our Snow Gods for more white, fluffy mmmmahhhhh delicious, snow. We all thank you ahead of time.

~Austyn Harrington 1/10/14 @8:00 a.m.

1/9/14 – Best in the West

 

 

Our snowmaking team has been keeping their reputation as the “best in the West” and absolutely handling business here at Heavenly.We have been fortunate to have cool temperatures for these past few days and nights which has kept our snow cold and dry. It also has allowed us to consistantly make snow and we have had some very productive nights. We are focused on maintaining our current trails and working towards opening new terrain soon!

Today’s forecast is expected to be breezy with a mixture of clouds and sun. The high will be near 30 degrees on the mountain with moderate to strong winds. Please always check HERE  or call 1-800-HEAVENLY and press 1 for your most current conditions.

We open at 9:00 a.m. this morning with 18 lifts giving access to 19 groomed trails for 14 miles of skiable terrain. Make sure to cruise over to our Groomers’ picks of the day. It is Maggie’s on the California side, a great run to enjoy getting used to our terrain. Comet is the pick of the day on the Nevada side. The upper portion was winched last night so make sure to get there early for some fresh carves on that corduroy. Ante Up is open with a total of 27 features including a jump line. The Terrain Park Crew added a new feature yesterday, so head over for a day full of progression.

Sledding is available for children eight and under for just $10 per hour and is located at the top of the Gondola.  Tahoe’s ultimate après party, Unbuckle returns at 3:30 p.m this afternoon at Tamarack Lodge. Come and join our beautiful Heavenly Angels for half-off drinks, free swag, and lots of dancing to live DJ music. Keep up that snow dancing!

In honor of National Safety Awareness month we advise and hold everyone responsible for knowing the code. Today’s code is: People ahead of you have the right away. It is your responsibility to avoid a collision with a downhill guest. Give the downhill guest plenty of room when overtaking.

Have fun and KEEP THINKING SNOW!

~Mikaila Bird @ 7:30 a.m.

1/8/14 – Time to learn!

January is learn to ski and ride month!

January is learn to ski and ride month!

Good morning!

Alright, New Year’s Day was officially one week ago. That means the grace period is over and it is definitely the best time to put your resolutions to work. In addition to National Safety Awareness month, January is also learn to ski and ride month here at Heavenly. We have the perfect conditions for learning and progression. Go stop by our Ski Schools, located at CA Main Lodge and Heavenly Village Gondola. We have world-class instuctors for any progression or teaching need  you may want on the mountain for both skiing and snowboarding of all levels. We are offering great programs and deals for the month of January so this is the best time to come test your skills and fulfill those goals. Check out our lesson options HERE.

Looking at today’s weather we are expecting clear and mostly sunny skies this morning with increasing clouds throughout the afternoon pushing over the Sierra’s with a system, hopefully bringing snow tonight into Thursday. We are expecting a high near 37 at the summit with light to moderate winds. We advise wearing multiple thin layers for comfortable insulation and proper eye protection to help reduce the glare.

We open at 9:00 a.m. with 18 lifts giving access to 19 freshly groomed trails. Ante Up is open with a jumpline and 26 features to keep you progressing all day. Our Groomers’ picks of the day are Comet on the NV side and Ridge Run on CA side. Both are intermediate trails with gorgeous views of Carson Valley and Lake Tahoe. You can access the mountain at three locations today; Stagecoach, located at the top of Kingsbury Grade, Heavenly Village Gondola and CA Base, all opening at 9:00 a.m. Free shuttles will run between all three bases and free parking is available at CA Base and Stagecoach.

In honor of National Safety Awareness month we advise and hold everyone responsible for knowing the code. Today we remind our skiers and riders to:

ALWAYS STAY IN CONTROL. BE ABLE TO STOP AND AVOID OBJECTS OR PEOPLE IN YOUR PATH.

Please stay on open designated trails today, as early season conditions still do apply.

Have an awesome day on the mountain and please KEEP THINKING SNOW, really intensely!

~Mikaila Bird @ 7:45 a.m.

1/7/14-THANKFUL FOR THE SUN

Dance for the Snow Gods

Dance for the Snow Gods

Thank goodness South Lake Tahoe is NOT in the middle of what meteorologists call “weather whiplash” affecting more than half of the United States with dropping temperatures of roughly 50 degrees in a matter of hours. Thankfully, here in South Lake, temperatures are rather enjoyable and we are more than happy to venture outside for a full day of skiing Heavenly Mountain.

Today highs will range from mid 30s to lower 40s throughout the day, peeking at 45 degrees this afternoon.  We are expecting a mixture of clouds but for the most part, mostly sunny skies and light SW winds.

We have been making snow from sun-down to sun-up and are excited to report the possibility of new snow this week! Along with new snow, comes cooler temperatures (high 20s to mid 30s) and a couple more disturbances will track inland Wednesday and Thursday.

Keep snow dancing and believe in the Snow Gods to deliver the infamous snow!

Have a great day shredding Heavenly today and thank your lucky stars you aren’t in Chicago a.k.a. Chicberia (hehe).

~Austyn Harrington 1/7/14 @6:30 a.m.

1/6/14-Cooling Temps…

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It’s another beautiful day in Lake Tahoe and a great day to strap on your boards or buckle into those boots and head up to the mountain.

Today we are expecting mostly clear sunny skies with highs ranging from upper 30s to lower 40s with light winds this morning and picking up to moderate winds this afternoon.  Tomorrow’s cooler air mass is still likely and will bring clouds into the Tahoe Basin this evening along with stronger winds.

Looking at forecast for Tuesday, models are showing a weaker system than previously expected. Yesterday it looked like starting Tuesday through Thursday would bring about an inch or two each day; as of this morning it looks as though snowfall will be light.

Looking at Gunbarrell , the sky is blue and winds are light about 0-5 mph.  Throughout the day you can expect temperatures similar to yesterday in the sun; in the shade expect 10-15 degrees cooler and winds to pick up this afternoon.

We suggest wearing multiple thin layers today and protective eye wear to reduce glare. Going “snowblind” is a high risk for skiers and snowboarders and here at Heavenly, we want to make sure our guests are having the best time possible without risking their eyesight!

Have a great day today, and please observe all signs and postings around the mountain!

~Austyn Harrington,Your Snow Reporter 1/6/14 @6:00 a.m.

1/5/14-MAMA NATURE…

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Mama Nature can be unpredictable, as evident by the bizarre weather patterns and unseasonably strange temperatures across the United States this winter.  I’ve been watching the weather news persistently this season and now realize how very lucky we are for the opportunities to live in or visit Lake Tahoe.

Here’s some perspective:

Today, the National Weather Service posted a warning titled, “Life-Threatening Wind Chill Impacting Northern and Central U.S.”  The NWS is reporting that the majority of the nation will experience the coldest temperatures recorded in nearly two decades – anywhere from 30 to 50 degree below average.  In central Alabama, freezing rain is expected, with ice storms accumulating over 2 inches, which will impact vegetation, livestock, pets and people vulnerable to the cold.

 A FREEZE WARNING MEANS SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES ARE IMMINENT OR HIGHLY LIKELY. THESE CONDITIONS WILL KILL CROPS…NEW GROWTH…AND OTHER SENSITIVE VEGETATION. A HARD FREEZE WARNING MEANS TEMPERATURES 20 DEGREES OR LOWER ARE IMMINENT OR HIGHLY LIKELY. DURING THIS PERIOD OF UNUSUALLY COLD WEATHER…CHECK ON ELDERLY NEIGHBORS TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE ADEQUATE HEAT.(National Weather Service).

 Sure, Colorado is receiving daily snowfall but the snow falling in the Rocky Mountains is light, meaning it packs down. So when we hear about 7 new inches in Colorado, really that means about 3 inches or so. And when we hear about awesome powder days, they might be awesome pertaining to snowfall but no way are they like Tahoe pow days.

Colorado is cold…very cold.  I lived in Boulder for the past 5 years and loved it, though I did miss the West Coast temperatures and bluebird days that didn’t require me to warm up inside the lodge after every run.  I consider myself an aggressive skier and when I go to a mountain to ski, I like to be on the slopes all day.  Ski days shouldn’t be spent in the lodge, yet that’s what I was doing daily when I lived in the Rockies.

In Tahoe, it’s different.  Here, we have beautiful weather and sunshine throughout most of the year.  In Tahoe, 7 inches of snow means 7 inches of snow.  If we get a foot of snow, it’s a GOOD foot.

Currently in Tahoe…the weather may not be ideal for winter, but heck it’s a whole lot better here, than well…there. Today, forecasts are calling for clear, bluebird skies with sunshine and mild temperatures. It’s beautiful outside!  You can walk your dog or get some fresh air without turning into icicles.

Here at Heavenly, we have a team of snow makers that work around the clock.  Snow making is our priority, which is why we have the best team in all of Lake Tahoe, and one of the largest snow making operations in the world.  We have the best snow surface conditions with over fourteen miles of skiable terrain. Driving through Tahoe doesn’t even amount to the number of miles we have open on the mountain.  In fact, most of us can drive to the mountain and back home in less than 14 miles. Heavenly Mountain Resort also as the most diverse trails in the area, with something for everyone from beginners to advance levels to enjoy.

In all honesty, I am thankful for our sunshine.  I am thankful that my elderly neighbors can go for their evening stroll without worrying about life-threatening wind chills.  I am thankful that I can ski on beautifully groomed slopes while only wearing a light jacket.  The truth is that Mother Nature is fickle, and this year she is showing us that she’s the most unpredictable woman ever!  But we must respect her and appreciate the enjoyable Tahoe weather with which she provides us each day.

My advice: Stay hopeful that Mama Nature will send us snow. Enjoy the sunshine and enjoy our bluebird clear sunny weather because when it snows, it will be a wonderful.

~Austyn Harrington, Your Snow Reporter 1/5/14 @6:00 a.m.

1/4/14-Drink Up…

Hydrate!

Hydrate!

Yesterday I went on the mountain to take a couple laps, stretch out my legs, and get my ski legs ready for new snow. I was boiling! So warm that I was contemplating whether I should remove a few layers or tough it out and continue to drink water and stay hydrated. I chose to drink water and sure enough engaged in immediate relief.

At 9,000 feet, exposure to the sun is 40% greater than at sea level. Staying hydrated is extremely important and continuing to drink water throughout the day will help you stay on the mountain longer!

With weather patterns similar to yesterday, I suggest taking my advice to heart by understanding that you are closer to the sun here at Heavenly.  We are expecting temperatures in the upper 40’s with mostly sunny skies and light NE winds this afternoon.  Dress appropriately today, wearing thin layers and a light jacket along with sunscreen and dark –lens goggles to reduce glare!

We have another beautiful day on tap for Heavenly and invite you shred with us in celebration of 2014! Lifts open at 8:30 a.m. and close at 4:00 p.m. Have a great day and drink up for an awesome day on the snow!

~Austyn Harrington 1/4/14 @7:45 a.m.

 

1/3/14-Snow Forecast!

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NOAA storm prediction

Every morning I come into work and the first thing I do before getting coffee, is scour the internet for weather updates. Yes, I scour, as in thoroughly sweep the internet looking for any type of module or forecast predicting snow. This morning was no different; I was ogling the web when ALAS! Ahh! Snow is in our 5-day forecast and multiple sources are predicting snowfall January 7th through January 10th.

Snowfall is just about the best kind of news to hit Lake Tahoe in winter; and what could be more exciting than snow predictions right around the corner? Nothing.

According to Western Weather for Lake Tahoe, subtle cooling will begin tomorrow bringing temperatures down 10 degrees and by Monday the ridge high pressure is forecasted to completely flatten out as storm activity increases along the West Coast.

Our bluebird sunny skies will be replaced by storm clouds and cooler temperatures late Monday through Thursday will bring a few inches of snow.

Just the thought of new snow and putting my car into 4-wheel-drive gives me the shivers; gets me all-rallied up for enjoying the sun while it shines over beautiful Heavenly Mountain. Before long, the sun will disappear so you’d better get out and enjoy it while it lasts!

Today’s forecast calls for morning sun with light winds and mild temperatures. Mid and high level clouds will continue to pass over the Sierra’s leading to partly cloudy skies this afternoon with moderate winds and highs in the upper 40s lower 50s. Lifts open at 8:30 a.m. and will run until close at 4:00 p.m.

Get ready for the day by learning the Code; remember to always stay in control, and be able to stop of avoid other people or objects.  With early season conditions, take note that trees will not move out of your way, so please stay on designated trails. Be safe and keep thinking snow!!

~Austyn Harrington 1/3/14 @8:00 a.m.

1/2/14 – Happy Thursday!

Thank you to all who joined us for Heavenly Holidays!

Thank you to all who joined us for Heavenly Holidays!

Good morning! I hope everyone had a wonderful and eventful New Year’s celebration! It is amazing to be able to meet guests from all over the world spending their holiday season here in Lake Tahoe and skiing and riding at Heavenly.

Today’s forecast calls for  mostly sunny skies with highs in the upper 40’s and low 50’s and light winds. Mid and high level clouds will continue to pass over the Sierra and bring some overcast skies throughout the day. We suggest wearing multiple thin layers today so your body can easily adjust to the temperatures as they fluctuate and add/remove them throughout the day. Make sure to wear proper eye protection to reduce the glare.

At Heavenly Mountain Resort, snowboarding and skiing safety comes first for all of our guests and employees. January is National Safety Awareness Month and we will be highlighting a new code each day. Please review and practice the code to ensure safety for yourself and others.

Today’s code is:  1. Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.

This is very important, especially as early season conditions still do apply. Please always look uphill when merging on trails and move to the sides of the trails when stopping. This will keep the trail clear and safe for skiers and riders behind you, as well as your own personal safety from those riding behind you. Please stay on open designated trails.

Today we open with 21 lifts giving access to 19 freshly groomed trails. Our groomers’ picks of the day are Ridge Run on CA side and Big Dipper on the NV side. These runs will have your legs burning and eyes pleased by the beautiful views of Carson Valley and beautiful Lake Tahoe. Our intermediate terrain park, Ante Up, is open with a jump line and 26 features. Sledding is available at the top of the Gondola for children eight and under and the cost is $10 per hour. Ski school for both adults and children is available at the CA Main Lodge as well as the Heavenly Village Gondola.

Mountain access can be gained from the Heavenly Village Gondola, Stagecoach Express, and CA Main Lodge with the Ariel Tram and Gunbarrel Express. Free parking is available at both Stagecoach and the CA Main Lodge. Free shuttles will run between all bases. All lifts open at 8:30 a.m. and will close at 4:00 p.m.

Come Unbuckle, at Tahoe’s ultimate apres party at Tamarack Lodge from 3:30-5:30 p.m. for half-off drinks, free swag, a live DJ and lots of dancing with our lovely Heavenly Angels!

See you on the slopes and remember the code. Have an awesome day!

-Mikaila Bird 01/02/14 @ 7:00 a.m.

 


  • Mark

    Isn’t that a sunset over Lake Tahoe

  • Jesse Plate

    Hey Mark- It sure is! Can’t beat Lake Tahoe sunsets.

  • j

    How much snow has to fall before more of the mountain is opened?

  • Jesse Plate

    Hey There-
    After this storm we’ll re-evaluate the conditions and hope to get more terrain open. We’ve been opening terrain even without natural snow so it’s not an issue of “how much” rather than being able to provide safe conditions to ski. If we end up getting 2 ft, which is looking good, it’s very likely we’ll be opening more trails early next week.
    Thanks!