Heavenly Blog

March 2014 Daily Snow Report Blog

3/31/14- Cooler Sister Storm…

 

10" in the Past 48hrs and More on the Way!

10″ in the Past 48hrs and More on the Way!

Our fast approaching snow system is making its way into the Tahoe Basin. Similar to our past 48hr storm which brought us 10 inches of fresh snow to our Heavenly slopes, we will begin the day with storm clouds brewing darker clouds throughout the day. This afternoon you can expect scattered snow showers increasing and ultimately strengthening overnight. We are expecting similar accumulation, around 10 inches, possibly more on higher terrain with the heaviest snow periods this evening into early tomorrow morning.

Please wear waterproof outerwear and expect mixed precipitation showers turning to snow around 11:00 a.m. Temperatures will stay cool near the mid 20s peaking near 27 degrees. We are expecting moderate wind with occasional strong gusts that may impact our upper mountain lift operations, along with the Heavenly Village Gondola. Please call our Snow Phone, 1-800-HEAVENLY and press 1 for current mountain conditions and lift status.

It’s about time to wake up and pack your stuff up for a POW day. Yesterday I found myself in the white-room and have hopes of joining the fun again today. Gear up and head to the slopes!

~Austyn Harrington, Snow Reporter, 3/31/14 @8:00 a.m.

 

3/30/14-Miracle March…

10 Inches in Winter Wonderland

10 Inches in Winter Wonderland

Good morning! Mother Nature is throwing us surprise winter wonderland treats as she delivered 10 inches of snow overnight! Not only is there new snow on the mountain, but there is snow down at Lake level, meaning the snow at our summit is light and fluffy powder. If you want first tracks, you better hurry up to one of our four mountain access locations: Stagecoach, Boulder Lodge, the Heavenly Village Gondola, or California Main Lodge; all scheduled lifts will open at 8:30 this morning.

Currently dark clouds linger over Lake Tahoe as the remains from last night’s storm pass through and will start to clear out later this morning. We are fortunate to see blue skies and sunshine for a bit, while we wait for another storm system to make its way over the Sierra’s. Today we are in between systems, but will be back on the snow grind as early as tomorrow morning. Check out our weather forecast here.

You can expect cool temperatures peaking near 27 degrees at our summit and reaching into the lower 40s at our base. With moderate to light wind expected, we are stoked on our 24 lifts giving access to 85 awesome trails, trimmed to fit everyone’s needs. If you are looking for fresh tracks, check out off-piste trails such as: Stage Line, Milky Way Bowl, and Galaxy Line. If you are interested in carving sweet turns down sublime corduroy, cruise over to Big Dipper in NV and High-Five in CA and rip up our groomers’ picks of the day.

Keep doing your snow dances and have a POW-tastic day shredding Heavenly!

~Austyn Harrington, Snow Reporter, 3/30/14 @8:05 a.m.

 

3/29/14- GB25 Double Barrel…

Early- Risers' Sunrise

Early- Risers’ Sunrise

Heavenly Mountain is currently socked in cloud coverage from this snow system which is expected to stick around until tomorrow morning. The good news is that snow flurries started to fall around 5:00 a.m. and we are expecting a significant amount of snow with heavy snow periods; rounding out to on-and-off snow throughout the ski day. According to Western Weather, we should see moderate snowfall and stormy conditions peak this morning into early this afternoon when temperatures will cool off and these blustery winds will start to calm down.

With heavy snow in our forecast and an EPIC race down East Bowl, we are stoked for an awesome day on the mountain. The Gunbarrel 25 (GB25) will kick off this morning at 10:00 and end at 4:00 this afternoon. The signup fee is 50$ and the proceeds will help fund our local race department and the Foundation Ski and Snowboard Teams. If you think you’ve got what it takes and the leg muscles to propel you down Double Black Diamond mogul terrain, sign up for the GB25 and let ‘er rip!

UPDATE as of 11:45 a.m.: Due to increasing winds, the Heavenly Village Gondola and the upper mountain in NV are closed for the day. NV terrain can be accessed through Stagecoach, with skiing and riding as high as Olympic Express, and Boulder Lodge as high as Boulder Chair. CA terrain can be accessed through the CA Main Lodge, with skiing and riding as high as Canyon Express. Check for updates here, or you can call the Snow Phone for immediate updates and mountain conditions 1-800-HEAVENLY and press 1.

Think snow and cheer on your GB25 racers!

~Austyn Harrington, Snow Reporter, 3/29/14, 8:30 a.m.

 

3/28/14- Spring Training…

pic from last year's GB25

pic from last year’s GB25

Happy Friday Heavenly! Looking to the sky you will see a storm is brewing over the Basin bringing in darker clouds and a moderate wind. This storm will eventually lock in and unload snow right around midnight. As for today, you should expect warmer temperatures than the past few days, lingering this afternoon around the mid 30s and peaking near 36 degrees. Increasing winds may impact our lift operations today, please call our Snow Phone, 1-800-HEAVENLY and press 1 for most current lift status and mountain conditions.

Get ready for a Go All In day here at Heavenly. Tomorrow is the big day, Gunbarrel 25 with a special apperance by local freeskier Sho Kashima. Therefore, today is the perfect day for gearing up for tomorrow’s Race. Get your legs warmed up by cruising down one of our groomers’ picks of the day, either Ridge in CA or Jack’s in NV; and practice lining up your moguls on Little Dipper. Take a lunch break and elevate your stoke level by listening to our DJ Cat over near Tamarack Lodge. After lunch get back on the grind, knees together, hips swiveled and mind set on fast tracks. You can scope out your line down East Bowl and get a head start on your competitors or you can stick to our other 81 fantastic trails and leave tomorrow a mystery.

Whatever you do, you’ve already made the best choice possible today just by shredding Heavenly Mountain. Drink a tall glass of water this morning and head to the lifts for they open at 9:00 a.m. via Stagecoach, the Gondola, and CA Main Lodge.

~Austyn Harrington, Snow Reporter, 3/28/14 @8:00 a.m.

 

3/27/14 – Free refills anyone.. 

Soft freshness

Sweet, soft freshness

Well hello old friend! Snow is back at Heavenly and we received 2-3 inches of fresh snow giving us a 48 hour storm total of 6-9 inches blanketing the mountain! With a 40% chance of precipitation we’re expecting mostly cloudy skies with occasional snow showers throughout the day accompanied by moderate to strong W winds. These W winds are pushing yesterday’s system East of the basin and may impact lift operations today. Please call the Snow Phone at 1-800-HEAVENLY and press 1 for the updated mountain conditions or check here.

It is currently 19 degrees on the summit and temperatures are expected to reach the mid to upper 20s with a high near 29 degrees on the summit.

Heavenly will open at 9:00 a.m. with 21 scheduled lifts giving access to a variety of trails on and off-piste over spread out over 81 trails and 4,200 acres on powder, packed powder, and machine groomed conditions. Go check out Mombo Meadows, a great intermediate run on the CA side, and, (my personal favorite), Stagecoach on the NV side to shred our groomer’s special picks of the day. Dip into the trees as they are sure to ski excellent today or head to the moguls to get in shape for the Gunbarrel 25 on Saturday, March 29! Find more information about registration and competition times here.

Don’t miss out on the best deal for your 2014-2015 season pass by visiting epicpass.com to view pass options by April 13th. Ski the best of Tahoe, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood for $459, or lock your pass in for only $49 and pay the rest this Fall!

All scheduled lifts will run till close at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon or as conditions warrant.

 **KEEP THINKING SNOW**

-Mikaila Bird, Snow Reporter, 3/27/14 @ 7:30 a.m.

 

3/26/14 – Who wants freshies?

Snapshot from East Peak Webcam

Snapshot from East Peak Webcam

WOOHOO! Snow is back in action, and Heavenly received 4-6 inches of new snow overnight and it is till snowing on the summit! With a forecast with a 90% chance of precipitation, we are expecting snow to continue to fall throughout the day accompanied by moderate to strong SW winds with strong gusts. These storm leading winds are impacting lift operations. Currently, Tamarack Express is starting the day on wind hold. All surface lifts/carpets located at the top of the Gondola are closed for the day, ski school has been moved to CA Main Lodge. Please continue to call the Snow Phone, 1-800-HEAVENLY and press 1 for the most current updated mountain conditions or by checking here.

It is currently 22 degrees at the summit and temperatures will range in the mid to upper 20s with a high near 28 degrees on the summit. It will be chilly up there so make sure to wear multiple thin layers for the best body insulation and light lens goggles for visibility.

Heavenly will open at 9:00 a.m. with 21 scheduled lifts accessing 80 diverse trails on and off-piste on powder and machine groomed conditions. I suggest checking out the trees, as they are probably the most protected from the wind and have good coverage with a fresh blanket of snow. But definitely check out our groomers’ picks of the day to get you warmed up. They have selected Mombo Meadows in CA and Lower Olympic Downhill in NV.

Capture your snow moments with an EpicMix Photo, and don’t forget to use #epicmixphoto to be entered in a photo contest to win a season pass! Speaking of season passes, 2014-2015 passes are now on sale. Ski the best of Tahoe at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood for $459. Check out epicpass.com to see which pass works best for you.

Have fun playing in the freshies and KEEP THINKING SNOW!

See ya on the slopes,

Mikaila Bird, Snow Reporter, 3/26/14 @ 7:30 a.m.

 

 

3/25/14 – Change in weather pattern…

Here comes the snow

Here comes the snow

Update as of 11:15 a.m.: Currently, the Gondola, Sky Express, Mott Chair and access to Mott and Killebrew Canyon are closed for the day. Tamarack Express is on wind hold. Please call 1-800-HEAVENLY, press 1 for updates. You can ski/ride from NV to CA but not the reverse.

Good news, snow is on its way! This morning we expect a mix of clouds and sun, with high level clouds leading the incoming snow storm system. Clouds will increase throughout the day and precipitation is forecasted to begin late this afternoon/evening. According to Western Weather Group, snow levels are expected to start around 7000ft. and drop to around 4000ft. by Wednesday morning.  It is currently 34 degrees on the summit and temperatures will range in the mid 30s, with a high near 38 degrees on the summit, accompanied by moderate to strong SW winds. These winds may impact lift operations, please call the Snow Phone at 1-800-HEAVENLY and press 1 for your most current updated mountain conditions.

We are scheduled to turn 21 lifts at 9:00 a.m., with the exception of Groove, Mott, and Canyon Express, which will open at 10:00 a.m. We have something for all levels of skiers and riders to enjoy on our 81 diverse trails, on and off-piste on machine groomed and spring snow conditions. Make sure to check out the groomers’ picks of the day. In CA we have Mombo Meadows, a great intermediate run for progression, and in NV lay your edges into Orion. All scheduled lifts will run till close at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon or as conditions warrant.

Stop by one of our friendly Epic Mix photographer on the mountain to capture your memories and to enter yourself in a contest to win a season pass. Just take a creative photo and submit it by using #epicmixphoto. Let’s get funky with it!

2014-2015 Season Passes are now on sale! Ski and ride the best of Tahoe at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood for only $459. Visit epicpass.com to check out what pass fits your shredding habits.

Cheers to a snowy end of March….THINK SNOW!

-Mikaila Bird, 3/25/14 @ 7:00 a.m.

 

3/24/14 – Get informed…

Ski with a Ranger today!

Ski with a Ranger today!

Good morning Heavenly skiers and riders! We have another gorgeous day in store for us today with clear and sunny skies, mild temperatures and light winds. It is currently 25 degrees on the summit and temperatures are forecasted to rise to the mid to upper 40s, topping off near 49 degrees on the summit. We are expecting a shift in our weather pattern starting Tuesday with a changing system, hopefully bringing us new snow!

All 21 lifts start turning at 9:00 a.m. accessing 81 diverse trails for skiers and riders of all levels, on spring snow and machine groomed conditions. Groove Chair and Mott will open at 10:00 a.m. this morning. Ante Up, our medium park, and Groove, our small park, are open and stacked for all of our park rats. Make sure to cruise down High Roller when you’re on the CA side and 49er on the NV side to shred our groomers’ picks of the day. All scheduled lifts will run till close at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon.

Gain a new perspective about the mountain and the Lake Tahoe Basin by attending a Ski with a Ranger Tour. Tours depart at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., and are first-come-first serve. Tours will meet at the top of the Gondola prior to the tour departure time. My co-reporter, Austyn, and I attended a tour on Friday! It was amazing the amount of information you gain in one hour, it was extremely informative and I had great time.

Get up to the mountain and enjoy this beautiful day in your Spring mountain fashion! Grab your 2014-2015 season passes now at epicpass.com and select which pass fits your shredding habits.

KEEP THINKING SNOW!

-Mikaila Bird, Snow Reporter, 3/24/14 @ 7: 00 a.m.

 

3/23/14 - Recipe for the best day…

Shred-dy for today?

Shred-dy for today?

Happy Sunday Heavenly! Today we look forward to beautiful sunny and clear skies with mild temperatures. It is currently 22 degrees on the summit and temperatures are expected to range in the lower to mid 40s, topping off with a high near 44 degrees. We will experience light winds from NE this morning, then transitioning to light westerly winds this afternoon.

We open at 8:30 a.m. with 25 lifts giving access to 86 diverse trails for all levels of skiers and riders on spring snow and machine groomed conditions. You can access the mountain from all four locations today: Stagecoach, Boulder Lodge, the Heavenly Village Gondola, and the CA Main Lodge. Ski School is offered out of the Gondola and the CA Main Lodge. Canyon Express, Groove Chair, Mott and Adventure Peak for tubing and sledding will all open at 10:00 a.m.

Race your friends over at Epic Mix Race Course starting at 10:30 a.m. for two-for-one race specials! Then don’t forget to check out our groomers’ special picks for today. In CA enjoy the gorgeous views of Lake Tahoe on Ridge Run, and in NV plunge over Carson Valley while laying your edges into Big Dipper.

Follow the recipe for the perfect day of shredding here.

Ante Up, our intermediate terrain park, and Groove, our small park, are both stacked with jumps and features and open for all of our park enthusiasts.

Snag your 2014-2015 season pass now! Visit epicpass.com for to find what pass fits your shredding habits.

Stay safe, enjoy the view and the conditions, and do not forget to THINK SNOW!

-Mikaila Bird, Snow Reporter, 3/23/14 @ 7:45 a.m.

 

 

3/22/14-Follow the Sun…

 

Fun in the Sun!

Fun in the Sun!

It’s another beautiful day in South Lake Tahoe as we enjoy clear skies and morning sun. Currently it is 23 degrees at our summit and 30 degrees at our California Main Lodge. With expectations of temperatures rising to the lower 40s today we are stoked on the weather and great spring conditions Heavenly Mountain has to offer.

This morning I suggest following the sun in order to get the most out of your day and hit the snow at prime shredding time. This morning’s cool temperatures will keep our snow conditions fantastic for the entire day. Kick off in Nevada and take a couple laps on Stagecoach top-to-bottom, where you will find softer snow great for carving and setting your skis/board on edge. Cruise down our NV groomers’ trail of the day, 49er and make your way into California as the day progresses. This afternoon, the infamous California sunshine will make an appearance as you enjoy Ellie’s Swing and take hot laps on Ridge. Before you know it, the sky will start to fill up with high clouds forming over the Tahoe Basin. Do as the sun, and make your way back over to Nevada, making a quick pit stop at Epic Mix Racing. Race over to Tamarack Lodge and UNBUCKLE your boots, sit back and have the Angels serve you a happy-hour-priced drink and finish your day at Heavenly with a cold one in hand.

Your four mountain access locations are: Stagecoach, Boulder Lodge, CA Main Lodge, and the Heavenly Village Gondola; Ski School is offered out of CA Main Lodge and the Gondola ONLY. All scheduled lifts will start up at 8:30 a.m. and will run until close at 4:00 p.m.

Go on an adventure today and take advantage of Heavenly Mountain and all that she offers. Explore our 86 trails and experience our diverse and welcoming terrain. Follow the sun and may your day be filled with moguls, groomers and challenging verticals.

“Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you”—-Charlotte Whitton

~Austyn Harrington, Snow Reporter, 3/22/14 @8:00 a.m.

 

3/21/14- A day to Remember…

Kick off your Friday Night at Unbuckle, Tahoe's Ultimate Ski Apre Party

Kick off your Friday Night at Unbuckle, Tahoe’s Ultimate Ski Après Party

 Rise and shine Lake Tahoe! It is another gorgeous day in Lake Tahoe and will be a day to remember up on Heavenly Mountain. Our snow on top of Heavenly, closer to our summit is the best due to our high elevation and temperatures cooling off in the evening allowing for freezing temperatures to settle the snow overnight.

Today’s forecast is calling for sunny skies to start the day off and temperatures are in the mid 20s, lower 30s. We are expecting high clouds this afternoon along with partly cloudy skies filling the Tahoe Basin as the tail end of a system is pushing south of Tahoe.

21 lifts will start turning at 9:00 a.m. via your three Mountain access locations: Stagecoach, the Heavenly Village Gondola, and CA Main Lodge.  View our terrain and lift status here. Ski with a Ranger today and view Heavenly through a “green-lens”. Registration is at the top of the Gondola for a tour at 10 a.m. and one at 1p.m. Mikaila, my co-Snow Reporter and I will be taking a tour with one of our fabulous Rangers at 10 a.m.

Finsih your shred day with good vibes and live music from our one-of-a-kind DJ CAT. Let our beautiful Heavenly Angels host you to Tahoe’s Ultimate Ski Apre Party, Unbuckle at Tamarack Lodge from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Celebrate Spring at Heavenly with drink specials, appetizers, swag giveaways, and lots of groovy dancing.

Have a great day, we’ll see ya on the slopes!

~Austyn Harrington, Snow Reporter, 3/21/14 @7:50 a.m.

 

3/20/14-Spring Shredding…

Shred Break at Heavenly

Shred Break at Heavenly

Happy first day of Spring South Lake Tahoe! This morning skies are mostly sunny and looking beautifully light blue in color. Today we are expecting sunny skies for most of the day, turning partly cloudy later this afternoon. Winds are expected to be light with occasional moderate gusts and temperatures will be back in the mid 40s. View our on-mountain forecast here.

Today we are running 21 lifts accessing 82 trails including High Roller and Sam’s Dream, our two special trails of the day. In California, High Roller’s intermediate vertical elements give a thrill of excitement as you focus your attention on your narrow path back to Sky Express. Sam’s Dream is great for all our skiers and riders looking for trails yielding progression.

Your three mountain access locations are: Stagecoach, the Heavenly Village Gondola, and CA Main Lodge. Lifts will open at 9:00 a.m. with the exception of Canyon Express, Groove Chair and Mott Chair opening at 10:00 a.m.

2014-15 season passes are now on sale! For only $459, ski the Best of Tahoe at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood seven-days-a-week all next season with limited holiday restrictions. If you buy before April 13th you will receive added benefits, like buddy tickets, ski-with-a-friend-tickets and summer benefits. Visit epicpass.com to find your best pass option for your shredding habits.

Have a great day and enjoy the sunshine!

~Austyn Harrington, Snow Reporter, 3/20/14 @7:45 a.m.

 

3/19/14-Tempting Terrain…

Tempting Groomers and a Wide Variety of Terrain!

Tempting Groomers and a Wide Variety of Terrain!

Buenos Dias Lake Tahoe! Today’s forecast is calling for temperatures warmer than yesterday and climbing into the mid 40s, peaking near 47 degrees. Winds are light this morning and will stay calm throughout the ski day. Please dress appropriately for an EPIC day on the mountain by wearing a thin jacket (80’s throwback windbreaker?) and sunny/dark lens goggles (fashionable shades), and slap on your sunscreen or colored zinc.

We are running 21 lifts accessing 82 trails welcoming all levels of skiers and riders. Cruise over to Comet in NV and High-Roller in CA to rip our groomers’ trail picks of the day.

Lifts will start turning at 9:00 a.m. via Stagecoach, the Heavenly Village Gondola, and CA Main Lodge. Ski School is offered out of the Gondola and CA Main Lodge.

Bust out your spring fashion and tear up Heavenly’s slopes!

~Austyn Harrington, Snow Reporter, 3/19/14 @7:30 a.m.

 

3/18/14 – Calling all carvaholics…

Photo taken by: Iggy Strbac

Sunset and Full moon over Heavenly

(Photo taken by photographer, Iggy Strbac)

Rise and shine Heavenly skiers and riders! We have another beautiful bluebird day on tap for us today  at Heavenly. Today’s forecast is expected to be mostly clear and sunny with light to moderate East winds, and some occasional strong gusts. Please call the Snow Phone, 1-800-HEAVENLY and press 1, or check the terrain and lift status here, for your most current mountain conditions and immediate updates. Temperatures will range in the lower to mid 30s with high near 32 degrees on the summit. Please keep in mind that today’s temperatures are cooler than yesterday, and it is important to always protective eyewear and sunscreen while on the slopes.

We will open at 9:00 a.m. turning 21 lifts giving access to 81 diverse trails for all levels of skiers and riders on machine groomed and spring snow conditions. All scheduled lifts will open at 9:00 a.m. and run until close at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon, with the exception of Groove, Mott, and Canyon Express which will all open at 10:00 a.m. Mountain access can be found at three locations today; Stagecoach which is located at the top of Kingsbury Grade, the Heavenly Village Gondola near Stateline, and the CA Main Lodge located off Ski Run Blvd.

Start your day carving on our arcable corduroy and then follow the sun throughout the day and hit the moguls and the off-piste. Cruise over to our groomers’ picks of the day, in CA they have selected High Five, and in NV the run of the day is Sand Dunes. Don’t forget to stop by and get a photo from one of our awesome EpicMix photographers, and enter your photo into a contest to win a season pass by using #epicmixphoto.

We have two terrain parks open today, Groove, our small park is located on the CA side and Ante Up, our medium park is located at the top of the Gondola, right underneath Tamarack Express.

Our snow conditions are great and we have absolutely gorgeous weather. So get a move on and get up here!

Have a shredtastic day!

-Mikaila Bird, 3/18/14 @ 7:30 a.m.

 

3/17/14- WEAR GREEN…

Heavenly Sunset 3.16

Heavenly Sunset 3.16

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Heavenly! Top of the mornin’ to ya! This morning’s forecast is calling for blustery winds with strong and moderate gusts. We are expecting cooler temperatures this morning with partly cloudy skies pushing over the Tahoe Basin as the tail end of a system is hovering over Lake Tahoe. This afternoon you can expect to see the sunshine and temperatures should climb back above freezing, peaking near 34 degrees.

Winds may impact our lift operations, please call our Snow Phone 1-800-HEAVENLY and press 1 for Mountain updates and lift status/conditions. View our terrain and lift status here.

“May you have all the happiness 
and luck that life can hold— 
And at the end of all your rainbows 
may you find a pot of gold.”

Crusie over to Olympic Downhill in NV and Mombo Meadows in CA to shred our groomers’ trails of the day. Please stay on designated trails only and look out for leprechauns lurking you into our forests- be warned that if you do ‘duck’ a rope, you will lose your ticket or pass privileges.

Don’t forget to wear green- or think green and go on a Forest Ranger Tour! Registration for skiing with a Ranger is located at the top of the Gondola; tour times are at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. After, make your way down to one of our awesome on-Mountain Lodges and feast your Irish eyes and bellies on our special green beer and corn beef. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on the slopes, here at Heavenly Mountain.

~Austyn Harrington, Snow Reporter, 3/17/14 @8:00 a.m.

 

3/16/14-Weekend Wrap…

Break out your Spring Fashion!

Break out your Spring Fashion!

 

Heavenly Mountain is wrapping up this weekend with sunshine and bluebird skies. We are expecting temperatures to climb back into the upper 40s along with moderate winds returning later this afternoon. As for this morning, temperatures are starting off mild ranging around 35 degrees at our base and 30 degrees on top of our summit.

With 26 lifts in full operation and 89 wonderful trails to cruise down, Heavenly Mountain has something for everyone. Our groomers’ runs of the day are: Lower Ellies/ Ellie’s Swing in California and Big Dipper in Nevada.  View our terrain and lift status here.

Litte Groovers will be ripping up our smaller terrain park today. Stop by and watch the youngsters wow your mind as they huck themselves into the air and stomp the landing. Adventure Peak has 3 tubing lanes and 2 sledding lanes rockin’ and Epic Mix Racing will get your adrenaline racing as you find out who out of your friends is the fastest.

Come on up and ski Heavenly, we will see you on the slopes!

~Austyn Harrington, Snow Reporter, 3/16/14 @8:00 a.m.

 

3/15/14- Strut Your Stuff…

Party on Heavenly!

Party on Heavenly!

Good morning Heavenly! We’ve got beautiful weather in today’s forecast, calling for bluebird sunny skies accompanied by a light easterly wind. Temperatures are expected to climb into the upper 40s this afternoon allowing for plenty of California sunshine to burst onto the slopes of Heavenly Mountain.

Lifts will start turning via any of our four Mountain access locations at 8:30 this morning. Cruise over to Ellie’s, our groomers’ specialty winched CA run of the day and then shred over to Sam’s Dream in NV and rip up the sublime corduroy. Enjoy our easy-to-carve snow and lay down your edges on a variety of terrain with something for everyone to enjoy!

Today is the final day of the North Face Park and Pipe Open Series here at Heavenly. Since Thursday, we’ve seen unbelievable slopestlye talent from many athletes including some of our own Tahoe locals throwing down and stomping tricks. We invite our guests to watch the event as well as get the party started this afternoon near Tamarack Lodge where we will host Unbuckle, Tahoe’s ultimate Ski Après Party.  Let loose and boogey down to our one-of-a-kind DJ Cat featuring the Heavenly Angels from 3:30 to 5:30 this evening. Make sure to bring your little ones’ down to the base of the Gondola at 4:30 for Ripperoo’s Parade!

You’d better get ready for a Go All In Day here at Heavenly Mountain. With stacked events and gorgeous weather, what could be better than shredding and sun-bathing all in the same day?

See ya on the slopes!

~Austyn Harrington, Snow Reporter, 3/15/14 @8:00 a.m.

 

3/14/14- Stoked on Slope…

Snap a Pic at Heavenly!

Snap a Pic at Heavenly!

 Good morning! Whip out your sunnies or dark lens goggles as the sun will be shining down on Heavenly Mountain all day long. With EPIC spring conditions and wonderful weather in our forecast, we are stoked for our 9:00 a.m. opening and a shred-tastic day filled with bluebird skies and a side of friendly competition.

Temperatures are looking to reach the upper 40s today accompanied by a light breeze with occasional moderate gusts. We are running 21 lifts accessing 82 trails on a variety of terrain with something for every rider/skier.

This morning as I was speaking with our Head Groomer, Lupe, he mentioned Olympic Downhill as his extra special trail of the day, with “angelic-like” conditions. He added Ridge Bowl in CA to his pick of the day due to its seamless corduroy. Peep our Terrain and Lift Status here.

Don’t miss out on Skiing with a Ranger and taking a tour of Heavenly Mountain with an environmental professional. Learn about Heavenly’s awesome green-tactics and ways in which we contribute to Lake Tahoe’s overall environmental health. Registration is located at the top of the Gondola for a tour at 10am and 1pm.

Chill out with other shredders near the bottom of Ante Up terrain park today for a great day of beautiful sunshine and slopestyle skiing. Follow up with Unbuckle, Tahoe’s ultimate Ski Après Party in Tamarack Lodge. Beats will be bumpin, booty’s will be shakin’ and drinks will be flowin’. The party starts at 3:30 and will end at 5:30.

See ya on the slopes!

~Austyn Harrington, Snow Reporter, 3/14/14 @8:00 a.m.

 

3/13/14-North Face Park and Pipe…

Slopestyle Skiing Competition

Slopestyle Skiing Competition

Good morning Heavenly! It’s another gorgeous day with blue sunny skies that will stay mostly clear to the end of the ski day. We’ve got a great weekend ahead with stacked events, kicking off today with the North Face Park and Pipe Open Series final stop, here at Heavenly Mountain.

This morning temperatures are starting off a bit cool turning around this afternoon with blue skies with temperatures ranging mid 40s, into the upper 40s; peaking near 48 degrees.  All scheduled lifts will start turning at 9:00 a.m. with the exception of Groove, Canyon Express and Mott Chair which will open at 10:00 a.m. Our groomers’ special trails of the day are: High-Five in CA and Stagecoach  in NV. View our Terrain and Lift Status here.

The North Face Park and Pipe will kick off today near the top of the Gondola in Ante Up Terrain Park. Come on up to hang out in the sun and enjoy  watching local talent throw down some EPIC slopestyle.

~Austyn Harrington, Snow Reporter, 3/13/14 @8:00 a.m.

3/12/14-Fun in the Sun!

The Sun is Out!

The Sun is Out!

Good morning Heavenly! The Heavenly Village Gondola is on wind hold.

Currently a dark cloud looms over Heavenly Mountain making for a beautiful sunrise. This cloud will disappear as the day continues with moderate winds and occasional strong gusts turning to a lighter breeze by the end of the day. We are expecting skies to clear and remain sunny for the latter half of the day along with mild temperatures ranging from mid 30s into the lower 40s. Although winds are predicted to calm down, please call the Snow Phone, 1-800-HEAVENLY and press 1 for immediate updates and mountain conditions.

We have an EPIC day scheduled to begin this morning at 9:00 a.m. via your TWO Mountain access locations: Stagecoach and CA Main Lodge. Today we are operating 20 lifts accessing 83 diverse trails.

Our groomers’ are stoked on Mombo Meadows in CA and say Dipper’s corduroy is the best on the Mountain this morning. Make sure to cruise over to both special trails to feel the sublime conditions. View our Terrain and Lift Status here.

Mikaila my co-Snow Reporter, and I will be out on the Mountain today for some fun in the sun and our own guilty pleasure of shredding. We will be wearing protective layers and plenty of colorful zinc- make sure to holla if you see us- or grab us for an #epicmixphoto!

See ya on the slopes!

~Austyn Harrington, Snow Reporter, 3/12/14 @8:00 a.m.

 

3/11/14 – Time to shred!

Face laps and suncreen

Face laps and sunscreen

Yesterday, Heavenly received two fresh inches of snow to add to the already top-notch conditions. Today we are expecting mostly clear and sunny skies with moderate Easterly winds. These developing winds may impact lift operations, please call the Snow Phone at 1-800-HEAVENLY and press 1 for current conditions or by checking here for updates. Temperatures will range in the upper 20s and low 30s with an expected high near 28 degrees on the summit. Today’s breezes may bring an extra wind chill factor and it is suggested to wear multiple thin layers for the best body insulation and comfort.

We are scheduled to open at 9:00 a.m. this morning turning 21 lifts giving access to 84 diverse trails on and off-piste on packed powder and machine groomed conditions. We have something for everyone to enjoy here at Heavenly from groomers with seamless corduroy, to an awesome terrain park , to Face laps on some high endurance moguls. Check out our Groomers’ picks of the day, in CA we have High Five and in NV we have Big Dipper for you to go experience that seamless corduroy laid down freshly overnight. Go get ”groovy” in Groove, our small terrain park. It has been freshly designed recently and is ready for action. The Face is open and waiting for you to show off your technical skills and get warmed up for the Gunbarrel 25!

When you are cruising around the mountain make sure to take some Epic Mix photos! They are FREE and we have the most beautiful backdrops here at Heavenly. Make sure to use #epicmixphoto so we can see them too! You could be entered to win FANTASTIC prizes. The word on the street is an Epic Season Pass giveaway sooo….time to start posing!

Mountain access can be gained via: Stagecoach, the Heavenly Village Gondola, and the CA Main Lodge. All lifts will open at 9:00 a.m., with the exception of Mott and Groove chairs, which will open at 10:00 a.m. Lifts will run till close at 4:00 p.m. or as conditions allow.

THINK SNOW,

-Mikaila Bird, 3/11/14 @ 7:30 a.m.

 

3/10/14- Light Snow Showers…

East Peak, Heavenly Mountain WebCam @8:00a.m.

East Peak, Heavenly Mountain WebCam @8:00a.m.

9:30 a.m. UPDATE: Upper Mountain CA/NV are experiencing wind hold. The highest you are able to ski/ride in CA is Canyon Express; in NV the highest you are able is Olympic Express. The Heavenly Village Gondola is on hold. Your two mountain access locations are: Stagecoach Express and CA Main Lodge. Please use our free shuttle buses running between bases.

Heavenly Mountain is currently socked in a cloud of moisture as this morning’s storm system is expected to bring a couple of fresh inches to our slopes (view our on-mountain WebCam here). We’ve already received one to two inches! Snow flurries began this early this morning around 5:30 a.m. We are banking on a 2-3 hour period of light snow before 11 a.m. and decreasing this afternoon.

Unfortunately, wind may impact our lift operations, in particular, the Heavenly Village Gondola. Currently it is very breezy out and we are expecting moderate with strong gusts to continue throughout the morning.  This morning’s fairly quickly moving snow system will move to the south and east with precipitation tapering off to just scattered snow showers by this afternoon. Please call our Snow Phone, 1-800-HEAVENLY and press 1 for immediate updates and current lift status.

Heavenly is scheduled to open at 9:00 a.m. via your three mountain access locations: 1. Stagecoach, 2. CA Main Lodge, 3. the Heavenly Village Gondola – depending on winds. Mott Chair and Groove Chair will open at 10:00 a.m.

We are operating 21 lifts accessing 83 trails today. We have an exceptionally varied leveled of terrain available, with something for everyone!

If it’s your first time at Heavenly Mountain, we invite you to ski with a Ranger and learn about Heavenly’s environment and what we do to keep Tahoe Blue. Registration is located at the top of the Gondola for a tour at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m.The tour explores the natural and cultural history of the Lake Tahoe Basin, highlighting topics such as water quality, watershed restoration, habitat improvement, fire and fuels management and responsible recreation.

Keep THINKING SNOW and have a great day!

~Austyn Harrington, Snow Reporter, 3/10/14 @8:00 a.m.

 

3/9/14- Healthy Moisture Plume…

Healthy Snow in our Forecast!

Healthy Snow in our Forecast!

This morning’s slightly overcast skies will thicken with clouds this afternoon as snow is predicted to start falling this evening; continuing overnight and lasting through early tomorrow morning.  Snow levels are predicted to start out fairly high and drop as a cooler air mass plummets into the Tahoe Basin.

Today be prepared for winds to increase around the same time as the sky darkens preparing for snow. Winds may impact our lift operations today, please call the Snow Phone, 1-800-HEAVENLY and press 1 for our most immediate updates and Mountain conditions or check here.

Heavenly Mountain will open this morning via all four mountain access locations at 8:30 a.m; lifts will close at 4:00 p.m. We are operating 26 lifts with access to a stunning 90 trails. I suggest shredding our groomers’ picks of the day due to their knowledge of the Mountain and well-educated decision on the best runs for the day. In Cali head over to Upper Double-Down and in NV, practice linking your turns down California Trail.

Adventure Peak offers two sledding lanes along with five adrenaline racing tubing lanes today. Adventure Peak, Groove Chair, and Mott Chair will open at 10:00 a.m. Epic Mix Racing will open shortly after 10:30 a.m.

Lifts open in 30 minutes! Get ready for an EPIC day at Heavenly Mountain and THINK SNOW!

~Austyn Harrington, Snow Reporter, 3/9/14 @8:00 a.m.

 

3/8/14-The Mountains Are Calling…

Hit up our Groomers' Picks of the Day!

Hit up our Groomers’ Picks of the Day!

This morning began with a gorgeous sunrise over Lake Tahoe, shining down on Mt. Tallac radiant beams of sunlight.  Today we look forward to lovely mountain conditions with clear, sunny skies and mild temperatures that will rise this afternoon, peaking around mid 40s to lower 50s.  This afternoon we are expecting increasing high clouds to form in preparation for our quickly approaching weather system moving into the Basin in the next few days.

This Saturday we will be turning our lifts via all four mountain access locations. Stagecoach and Boulder Lodge are located on Kingsbury Grade, the Heavenly Village Gondola is near Stateline, and the CA Main Lodge is right off Ski Run Boulevard. We are running 26 lifts giving access to 88 immensely diverse trails. We’ve got everything here at Heavenly Mountain, with something for everyone including: Adventure Peak’s two sledding and five tubing lanes which will open at 10:00 a.m. at the top of the Gondola.

Make sure to take Sky Express all the way to our CA Summit today so you can shred our groomers’ special winched run, Ellie’s. Stagecoach, top-to-bottom is our groomers’ run of the day in the NV side. Unbuckle from 3:30-5:30 in Tamarack Lodge and get the party started alongside our beautiful Heavenly Angels. If you have little ones’, bring them on down to the base of the Gondola at 4:30 for Ripperoo’s Parade!

Lifts will open at 8:30 a.m. with the exception of Epic Mix Racing, Adventure Peak, Mott, and Groove Chair which will open at 10:00 a.m.

With sunny skies in our forecast, make sure to wear light layers and eye protection. Get some breakfast because, “the mountains are calling and you must go!”-John Muir.

~Austyn Harrington, 3/8/14 @7:15 a.m.

 

3/7/14-Whip Out Your Sunnies…

Sun's Out, Shredder's Out

Sun’s Out, Shredder’s Out

Good morning Heavenly! The sun is shining today as we look forward to bluebird skies and currently there are no clouds in sight. Today’s forecast is calling for a break in our local snow showers with mild temperatures peaking this afternoon near 45 degrees.

Yesterday’s inch of new snow fell lightly on our trails and was preserved last night due to cool temperatures on-mountain. Heavenly Mountain’s overnight lows reached down into the teens allowing for cool moisture to trap itself between a layer of cloud that has just lifted as of 6:00 this morning.

Heavenly Mountain’s snow conditions are awesome and just that one inch made a huge difference to our Mountain. Author Sylvia Plath might have said it just right, “Well, I know now. I know a little more how much a simple thing like a snowfall can mean to a person.”- or a Mountain in our case.

Today we are running 20 lifts accessing 83 trails. Currently Round-A-Bout is closed; you must download Gunbarrel Express, take the tram, or brave THE FACE (experts only) in order to get back down to CA Main Lodge. View our Terrain and Lift Status here.

Lifts will open at 9:00 a.m. with the exception of Groove Chair and Mott’s which will open at 10:00 a.m. Your three Mountain access locations are: Stagecoach, the Gondola, and CA Main Lodge.

Whip out your sunnies and slab on some sunscreen. Today will be a great day shredding Heavenly Mountain!

~Austyn Harrington, Snow Reporter, 3/7/14 @8:00 a.m.

 

3/6/14 – Welcome to the “GOOD LIFE”

Check out Mombo Meadows, CA side groomers' choice of the day

Check out Mombo Meadows, CA side groomers’ choice of the day

UPDATE as of 1:30 p.m.: Tamarack Express and Sky Express are currently on wind hold. This means you can ski and ride from NV to CA but not the reverse at this time. Please take advantage of our free shuttle buses that run between the bases throughout the day.

Ah there is no better time but now to be in Lake Tahoe. I just spent the last 5 days road tripping through Utah for a ski vacation. Even though it was great to check out new mountains and explore new terrain, I found myself constantly marketing Lake Tahoe to everyone I met. I kept telling everyone that Lake Tahoe is amazing and literally has something for everyone to enjoy. I kept boasting about Heavenly and how good we have it here, how amazing the views are, how much vertical we have, how long the runs are, how extreme the terrain is, and how awesome our après scene is. I’ve always known it, but it took leaving for me to remember really how incredible it is here and that we really are living the “good life”.

We received one inch of fresh snow overnight and it is still snowing on the summit. We are expecting snow showers to continue, mainly before 10:00 a.m., then skies turning to partly cloudy with a high near 38 degrees on the summit with moderate to strong winds. These increasing winds may impact lift operations and we suggest everyone to call the snow phone at 1-800-HEAVENLY and press 1, or by checking here for your most current updated information.

We open at 9:00 a.m. operating 20 lifts giving access to 84 diverse trails on and off-piste with powder, packed powder and machine groomed conditions. Cruise over to Mombo Meadows on the CA side and Comet on the NV side to shred our groomer’s picks of the day. Because we have something for everyone, we have two terrain parks open. Groove, our small park, is open on the CA side of the mountain with four jumps and 25 features. Ante Up, our intermediate terrain park, is located at the top of the Gondola, just below Tamarack Express with eight jumps and 26 features.

So, come on up and enjoy the awesome snow and conditions here at Heavenly and experience the “good life”.

THINK SNOW,

-Mikaila Bird, 3/6/14 @ 7:30 a.m.

 

3/5/14-Best Conditions of the Season…

Snowy Sierra Nevada's and Lake Tahoe

Snowy Sierra Nevada’s and Lake Tahoe

Good morning shredders! With yesterdays 3 inches in addition to this past weekend’s 20 inches, Heavenly Mountain’s conditions are the best of the season! I was able to jam up to CA Main Lodge yesterday and took Face Laps all afternoon with a big ol’ smile spread from ear-to-ear.

Currently, The Face is littered with moguls; the left side has larger bumps, while the right side has smaller moguls. Both left and right sides are awesome work-outs for your lower legs and gave me a rush of adrenaline as it was my first laps of the season. I suggest shredding the upper mountain this morning and if you are an advanced or expert shredder, to head down The Face for a final glory run that will leave you craving more at the end of the day.

Our intermediate level trails are groovy with High Roller as the groomers’ CA trail of the day and California Trail as our NV run of the day. Make sure to cruise over to both of our groomers’ top picks for they are the best on the mountain with sublime corduroy. View our Terrain and Lift Status here.

This morning it is snowing lightly on-mountain. We are expecting mostly cloudy skies with increasing winds in preparation for this evening’s snow system that is moving into the Tahoe Basin. These windy conditions will continue overnight as this weather system’s cold front brings a period of lower terrain rain and upper terrain snow to the Lake Tahoe Basin. Today’s winds may impact our lift operations. Please call the snow phone, 1-800-HEAVENLY and press 1 for immediate updates- or check Heavenly’s Snow and Weather Report here.

Lifts will open at 9:00 with the exception of Groove Chair and Mott which will open at 10:00 a.m. Your three mountain access locations are: Stagecoach, the Heavenly Village Gondola, and CA Main Lodge. Lifts will close for the day at 4:00 p.m.

Have a great day, see ya on the slopes!

~Austyn Harrington, Snow Reporter, 3/5/14 @8:15 a.m.

 

3/4/14- Fat Tuesday…

Pow Lines All Day!

Pow Lines All Day!

Happy Fat Tuesday Heavenly skiers and riders! Today is a day full of celebration as we celebrate Mardi Gras along with Mother Nature. We’ve been blessed with three inches of snow and currently it is still snowing! Celebrate with us at any of our awesome on-mountain dining locations with mountain dining specials. Over at Stagecoach Lodge we have a special southern-style Cajun burger along with a 21-and-older drink, the “Hurricane”. From 3:30-4:30  come on down to any of our base lodges and enjoy drink special and appetizers.

Today’s forecast is calling for light rain/snow ending early this morning with a mix of clouds and sun this afternoon. Temperatures will end up fairly mild ranging in the mid 30s to lower 40s. According to Western Weather, precipitation will return tomorrow night into Thursday when the next storm system will begin impacting the Tahoe Basin. We are expecting several inches of snow tomorrow night peaking early Thursday morning accompanied by increasing southerly winds becoming breezy by the evening.

With our new snow of three inches in addition to our recent storm total of 20-inches Heavenly Mountain is the place to be this Mardi Gras. For those of you looking to stick to the groomed runs today, our amazing team of groomers’ have done more than their part to ensure smooth corduroy with consistent and reliable soft snow radical for carving turns. This morning our Head Groomer recommends you check out Ridge Run in California and Dipper in Nevada.

Lifts will open at 9:00 this morning via Stagecoach, the Heavenly Village Gondola, and California Main Lodge. Grab some beads and head to the slopes!

~Austyn Harrington, Snow Reporter 3/4/14 @8:00 a.m.

 

3/3/14- Shred the Gnar…

Heavenly Sunset (Photo cred: Bryan Steele)

Heavenly Sunset (Photo cred: Bryan Steele)

Start your week with good vibes and scattered snow showers here at Heavenly Mountain. Forecasts are calling for light snow showers throughout the day and strengthening this evening into early tomorrow morning. These mild, fast moving disturbances will maintain considerable cloudiness across the Lake Tahoe Basin well into the week with light precipitation.

Today we are operating 21 lifts accessing 87 trails and 4200 acres of skiable terrain. Yesterday Ski Patrol opened new terrain including: Hogs Back, upper and lower Gunbarrel, lower Liz’s and Sky Canyon. We are stoked on our fresh terrain and are feeling extremely giddy about our latest conditions video featuring philosopher Alan Watts.

Your three mountain access locations are: Stagecoach, the Heavenly Village Gondola, and California Main Lodge. Lifts will open at 9:00 this morning.

Have a great day shredding the gnar here at Heavenly Mountain Resort!

~Austyn Harrington, Snow Reporter, 3/3/14 @8:00 a.m.

 

3/2/14- In Like a Lion…

Let's hear your ROAR!

Let’s hear your ROAR!

9:30 a.m. UPDATE: Hogs back, Lower Liz’s, Sky Canyon, Lower Comstock, Lower Mineshaft, upper and lower Gunbarrel, Round-A-Bout, Bohemian Grove, Nevada Woods, and The Burn =OPEN

Good morning Heavenly! March certainly is coming in like a lion this year; forecasts are calling for mostly cloudy skies all this week with scattered snowstorms. Today we look forward to lion-like-weather with 10% snow showers and temperatures near 30 degrees accompanied by a light to moderate wind.

Our recent snowstorm of 20 inches allowed Heavenly Mountain to expand its’ skiable terrain. We now offer 26 lifts accessing a whopping 94 trails with 4586 acres and a variety of terrain to keep even the most experienced skiers and riders on their toes.

This morning lifts will open at 8:30 via all four mountain access locations. Our newly opened terrain include: Boulder Chute, North Bowl, Bohemian Grove, The Burn, Nevada Woods, upper and lower Gunbarrel and our Groomers’ special run of the day, Nova.

It’s time to wake up, put some fuel into your body, brush your teeth, and head to the mountain. Have a great day and I’ll be looking for ya’ll on the mountain!

~Austyn Harrington, Snow Reporter, 3/2/14 @8:00 a.m.

 

3/1/14-Rise and Shine…it’s Pow Slayin’ Time!

Pow Slayin' Day

Pow Slayin’ Day

March came in to Tahoe with a bang dumping 20 inches of fresh snow within the past 72 hours. Lifts from all four mountain access locations will open at 8:30 this morning offering 26 lifts and 84 vast trails. To view our lift status and open trails please click here.

Thanks to our community prayers, Mother Nature is back on the weather train, handing out weather and snow storms to the Tahoe Basin. Looking at the sky, you can expect mostly cloudy skies through the morning hours and clearing up this afternoon. We are expecting temperatures to stay in the lower 30s with a moderate wind calming down to a light breeze.

With skies clearing and the sun breaking through, it’s going to be an epic day of shredding Heavenly pow. Ski Patrol are assessing the mountain and will open expert terrain as soon as possible. Please call the snow phone, 1-800-HEAVENLY and press 1 for immediate updates and mountain conditions.

Rise and shine Lake Tahoe…it’s pow slayin’ time!

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


  • Rich Baines

    Hi Austyn – I am working in the Bahamas right now, but I check your snow report just to torture myself! I just wanted to let you know what a great job you are doing. Back in the day, you couldn’t find out a thing, now I know exactly what’s going on – oh well…..

  • Austyn Harrington

    Hey Rich- Thank you for the awesome feedback! I bet the Bahamas aren’t too shabby right now! -austyn

  • Janet

    Austyn , love getting the daily scoop each morning. Thnxs!!!