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Tahoe’s Heavenly Mountain Resort kicks off ski season (Gallery/Video/Story)

Sebastian Foltz


For Joe Timko, opening day at Heavenly Mountain Resort started at 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning, Nov. 14. The eager Malibu, California, resident drove up to South Lake Tahoe Friday night and was in line at the gondola in Heavenly Village by the wee hours of the morning.

“I think it was dumb” the middle-aged man wearing a disco ball helmet joked shortly before the resort’s 8:30 a.m. opening. “Nobody else showed up till six.”

Still, he said it was worth it, as was the speeding ticket he got on his way up.

“I really wanted to be first,” he explained.

By the time 8 a.m. rolled around, Timko was joined by a few hundred eager snowboarders and skiers in a line that wrapped its way through much of the village.

“We’re so happy with all of the excited skier sand riders who showed up,” resort spokeswoman Cassandra Walker said of the turnout.

By 9 a.m., however, the line was all but gone, rewarding those who may have hit the snooze button a few times with no lines.

Skiers and boarders saw mid-season conditions and spring temperatures by the time they took to the slopes under bluebird skies. Heavenly was able to open the gondola and three chair lifts, giving skiers access to beginner and intermediate terrain options.

Walker said the resort will open more terrain as conditions allow.

“The forecast is calling for more snow,” she said. “We’ll make as much available to the public as possible.”


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