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Heavenly Gondola opens for summer sightseeing

Heavenly Mountain Resort announced it will open its gondola for summer sightseeing beginning Friday. From the gondola one can enjoy the beautiful views of Lake Tahoe, the Desolation Wilderness and the Sierra Nevada.

“No summer in Lake Tahoe is complete without enjoying the spectacular beauty of Lake Tahoe from the gondola’s observation deck at 9,123 feet,” said John Wagnon, Heavenly’s vice president of sales and marketing.

Heavenly’s summer gondola operations are scheduled to begin Friday with access seven days a week to sightseeing, hiking, a 25-foot climbing wall and other recreational activities from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Café Blue offers drinks, pastries and other snacks and is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the observation deck. The Umbrella Bar, which serves beverages in a unique open-air bar that seats 200 people, will be open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Adventure Peak Grill dining services are open daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with an outdoor barbecue serving signature dishes in a casual mountain environment. From Sept. 6 through Oct. 14 the Heavenly Gondola and related facilities operate Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In an effort to preserve our natural resources and in response to the elevated fire danger, Heavenly has integrated a strict no-smoking policy on the gondola from top to bottom, including the observation deck and throughout the activity areas.

Gondola sightseeing lift tickets start at $28 for adults (ages 19-64), $24 for teens (ages 13-18), $18 for children (ages 5-12) and $24 for seniors (ages 65+).

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This weekend marks the final opportunity to receive an instant $20 discount when renewing your Heavenly season pass for the 2007/2008 season. The renewal price is just $329 through June 17. The price will increase to $349 June 18. Pass purchasers will be rewarded immediately with free access to the Heavenly gondola during summer and autumn months. For more information or to purchase or renew a Heavenly 2007/2008 Season Pass, call (800) HEAVENLY or visit http://www.skiheavenly.com.

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