Rope tow, four-wheel tours among Heavenly’s 2012 project |

Rope tow, four-wheel tours among Heavenly’s 2012 project

Adam Jensen

Skiers and snowboarders may be able to take quick laps through Heavenly Mountain Resort’s Player’s Park under one of several proposals in front of the U.S. Forest Service.

A 500- to 600-foot rope tow would be built in the terrain park, which is located above the top of the Powderbowl Express chairlift, under Heavenly’s 2012 list of capital improvements. The rope tow would allow skiers and snowboarders to return to the top of the park without dropping down to the Canyon Express lift.

Guided four-wheel-drive tours on the maintenance roads at the resort, a children’s ski and snowboard area near the top of Powderbowl Express, grading of the Perimeter Trail near the Galaxy lift, creation of a 1.7-mile hiking trail next to Tamarack Express and construction of an event area near the Gondola’s mid-station are also included on the list of the resort’s summer projects.

About 115 trees, including seven large ones, would be removed as part of the projects, according to the Forest Service.

The activities are part of Heavenly’s 2007 Master Plan. If the projects receive final approval, work would begin in August and run through June 2013. Tree removal work would take place in spring 2013, according to the Forest Service.

The 3,000- to 3,500-square-foot event area near the mid-station would be used for weddings and interpretive presentations, and would be “a simple gathering area made primarily of natural stone pavers including eating that incorporates rocks, logs and other natural features.” The area would also include an arch made of natural materials.

Commercial four-wheel-drive tours could also start up at the resort during summer months under the proposal. The vehicles would hold up to seven passengers, in addition to a driver employed by Heavenly.

The tours would pick up and drop off guests near the top of the Tamarack Express lift, the gondola and Tamarack Lodge, under the proposals.

For more information, including how to provide comments on the proposals, contact Matt Dickinson at 530-543-2769 or

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