Epic Discovery, A Summer Mountain Adventure

Summer in Lake Tahoe. If your visits have been limited to wintertime play, you don’t know what you’re missing. Activities are endless and the crystal blue water of Lake Tahoe is oh-so refreshing.

And now a day-long summer visit to Heavenly will top the list of Lake Tahoe must-dos.

Proposals have been submitted and construction has begun on the first of several expansions to our on-mountain summer activities. Epic Discovery is designed to connect kids and families with the national forests in an active, fun and engaging way.

The current proposal includes a number of new activities at Heavenly, including ziplines, ropes courses, Forest Flyers, a mountain bike park and trails, additional hiking trails and mountain excursion tours, all with extensive, integrated environmental and interpretive programming. Wheeee!

Proposed Epic Discovery activities and environmental interpretive programming will be designed to be compatible with the existing on-mountain infrastructure of lifts and trails, blending into the natural environment in a thoughtful manner. In addition to the activities, interpretive specialists will be on site to provide eco-educational experiences for kids and families, helping them to learn more about their natural surroundings.

Epic Discovery Activities:

Ridge Rider Mountain Coaster: Fly through the forest and around boulders while taking in panoramic views of Lake Tahoe. Experience the thrill of this gravity-propelled alpine coaster as you race down the 3,400′ track, descend 300 vertical feet, and accelerate around two lateral loops.

Skyway Canopy Tour: An interpretive zipline canopy tour in the area between the Gondola mid-station and the top station to the east of the Gondola alignment. The tour, which will incorporate the use of ziplines and aerial walkway bridges, will begin at the top of the Gondola and finish at the Mid-Station Observation Deck.

Hot Shot Zip Line: Take in one-of-a-kind views of Mt. Tallac and Pyramid Peak as you, and up to 3 of your friends or family, race down the 4 parallel lines on Heavenly’s 1,000ft-long zip line at top speeds of 40 MPH.  This is a great way to build up your courage before testing your nerves on the Blue Streak Zip Line!

Blue Streak Zip Line: Enjoy incredible views of Lake Tahoe as you glide through the sky on Heavenly’s 3,300 ft-long zip line. With top speeds of 50 MPH, this is a great way to get your adrenaline fix with the most incredible views anywhere!

Summit Expedition Tour: Explore Heavenly in this open-air off-road vehicle adventure, while on a guided tour around the mountain. This unique tour allows you to see both Lake Tahoe and panoramic views of Heavenly’s surrounding mountain peaks. You will learn about Tahoe’s ecosystem and geology from your personal tour guide.

Discovery Forest Ropes Course: Located in the wooded area behind the Bear Cave, the Discovery Forest Ropes Course is a treetop ropes course adventure that is fully integrated into the natural environment. This course brings the beauty of the natural forest up close and personal as you move around, and through, natural and man-made obstacles in the trees.

Granite Peak Climbing Wall: The climbing wall is an exhilarating man-made rock wall inspired by the iconic rock formations found in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.  The permanent rock climbing wall is 25 feet tall with 15 defined climbing routes varying in difficulty, and utilizes auto-belays on each route.  A unique feature of the wall is the quick-jump, 35-foot rapid descent that emulates free-falling, accessed by an adventurous climb up The Goat Trail.

Summer Tubing: Breeze down a thrilling 500ft-long hill, without snow or water! With our specially designed tubing surface, Heavenly summer tubing will have you smiling ear to ear. Once at the bottom, step on the carpet lift to take you back to the top!

Hiking Trails: New hiking trails will connect the top of Tamarack Express chairlift to the top of the Gondola and Tamarack Lodge, continuing down to East Peak Lodge, approximately three miles in length.

Interpretive Learning: Interpretive Discovery Zones will be integrated throughout the experience, sharing the area’s rich natural environment and cultural history with guests using fun and informative learning techniques.


We are beyond excited to offer expanded summer activities and opportunities for people to interact with our beloved forests. To learn more about Epic Discovery and to book your Adventure Pass visit skiheavenly.com/EpicDiscovery



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