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Heavenly opens today

Heavenly Ski Resort kicks off the 2002-03 ski and snowboard season today. The resort will offer 2,300 vertical feet of terrain, skiing and riding on the upper California and upper Nevada sides of the mountain with specially priced lift tickets.

“This opening is a real credit to our snowmaking crews. In spite of the warm temperatures and lack of natural snowfall; terrain-wise, we are pleased to be able to offer our guests skiing and riding on the upper mountain,” said Blaise Carrig, chief operating officer at Heavenly. “Of course, we do have early season conditions. But, where we’ve been able to make snow, the coverage is quite good.”

Thanks to the combination of 3.5 feet of recent natural snowfall and ongoing snowmaking efforts, the resort is offering 2,300 vertical feet of skiing and riding on 12 trails on the upper California and Nevada sides of the mountain. Snow conditions are early season, machine groomed snow with a base depth ranging from one to two feet.

Eight lifts — The Gondola at Heavenly, the Aerial Tram, Gunbarrel Express, Patsy’s, Waterfall, Sky Express, Dipper Express and Comet Express — are scheduled to operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Over the weekend, lifts are scheduled to open a half-hour earlier at 8:30 a.m. All access to the mountain is via the gondola and the newly remodeled California Lodge. Heavenly’s complimentary shuttles will be operating providing service to the California Lodge.

“We’re excited to be opening and getting the season under way. It’s the dawn of a new era for the resort,” Carrig said. “We spent $2.5 million dollars in renovations to the California Lodge and we’re ready to show it off a bit.”

For additional information, to book a ski vacation or for current mountain conditions, log onto http://www.skiheavenly.com or call (775) 586-7000.

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