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Ski school, trail widening on tap for Heavenly this summer

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – A new ski school building and the widening of several California ski trails are among the projects proposed for Heavenly Mountain Resort this summer.

An interpretive “Kids Adventure Zone” and the construction of an access road to the tubing lift at the top of the gondola are also included in the proposals, which are tied to the resort’s 2007 master plan amendment, according to a statement from the U.S. Forest Service.

The ski school building will replace two temporary structures just east of the Tamarack Express chairlift.

“The facility will be a smaller-scaled version of the new Tamarack Lodge and incorporate the same architectural form, colors and materials,” according to the Forest Service’s description of the project. “It will be 2,500-3,000 square feet in area and have a maximum height

of approximately 25-30 feet.”

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Seven trails near the Sky Express and Canyon Express chairlift – Ellie’s, Liz’s, Upper Ridge, Canyon, Jackpot and High Roller – trails would also be widened under the proposals.

The trails will be widened to “increase trail capacity and ease congestion elsewhere in order to improve the overall skiing experience,” according to a statement from the Forest Service. Total cleared area for the trails will be just over 4 acres.

If approved, the resort would begin the projects in May.

The Forest Service is seeking comments on the proposals, which should be submitted by the close of business April 29.

For more information on the proposal and how to comment, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/Heavenly2011 or contact Jonathan Cook-Fisher at 530-543-2741.


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