Heavenly Mountain Resort

Heavenly Mountain Resort

Infobox ski area
name= Heavenly Mountain Resort
picture= Heavenly Gondola Base.jpg
caption= Heavenly Ski Resort's gondola lift base in downtown South Lake Tahoe,
location= California/Nevada, USA
nearest_city= South Lake Tahoe, California
lat_direction= N
long_direction= W
top_elevation= ft to m|10067|round=0
base_elevation= ft to m|6255|round=0
vertical= ft to m|3812|round=0
skiable_area= 4,800 acres (19 km²)
number_trails= 95 total
20% beginner
45% intermediate
35% expert/advanced
longest_run= Olympic - 5.5 miles (8.9 km)
liftsystem= 30 total (1 High Speed Gondola ski lifts, 1 High Speed Aerial Tram ski lifts, 2 High Speed Six Passenger chairs, 8 High Speed Quad chairs,1 Quad chairs, 5 triple chairs, 3 double chairs, 6 Surface ski lifts, 4 Magic Carpets ski lifts)
terrainparks=5: Small "Groove", Medium "Powderbowl" and "Cascade", Large "High Roller", Night park "Nightlife"
snowfall= 360 in/year (9.14 m/year)
external_link= [http://www.skiheavenly.com/ skiheavenly.com] |

Heavenly Mountain Resort is a ski resort located on the California-Nevada border in South Lake Tahoe ( 38°56'7.40"N, 119°56'24.29"W). It has 95 runs and 30 lifts that are spread between California and Nevada and four base facilities. The resort was purchased by Vail Resorts, Inc. in 2002. The resort has 4,800 acres (19 km²) permit, with approximately 33% developed for skiing, making it the largest ski resort, by area, in California (Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is larger in trail-marked, skiable terrain). It is also Tahoe's highest ski resort, with a peak elevation of convert|10067|ft|m|0|abbr=on and a peak lift-service elevation of 10,040 ft (3,060 m) and a vertical rise of 3,500 feet (1067 m). With an average of 360 inches (9 m) of snow annually and one of America's largest snowmaking systemsFact|date=February 2007, their season usually runs from mid November to late April or early May.

Under the recently approved 10-year Master Plan Amendment, Heavenly will continue to improve their resort with the replacement of two-seat lifts with high-speed quads. The first of these, Olympic Express, debuted on December 23, 2007. The lower 48 states longest zip line, The Heavenly Sky Flyer, will be 3,100 feet long, with a 525 foot descent and will be located at the top of the Heavenly Gondola at Adventure Peak. Guests will enjoy a sweeping view of the Sierra Mountains while zipping down the mountain at 50 miles-per-hour.

In the next years expect a number of improvements including a 27,650 square foot LEED certified building that will seat 950 people called the Powderbowl Lodge, a skier bridge from the top of the Gondola to Tamarack Express, the complete fleet of low-emission buses, a completed environmental drainage system that will clean run-off and multiple other projects.

ee also

*List of ski areas and resorts in the United States

External links

* [http://www.skiheavenly.com/ Ski Heavenly Resort Webpage]
* [http://www.skiheavenlytahoe.com/ Ski Heavenly Resort Overview]

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