TRPA gives go-ahead for Heavenly godola project |

TRPA gives go-ahead for Heavenly godola project

The project won’t be starting this year, but at least Heavenly Ski Resort has another hurdle behind it in its pursuit to build a new gondola.

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency approved the project last week.

Part of a South Lake Tahoe redevelopment project, the gondola project will include new mid and top stations, three new chair lifts, two new ski runs, new snowmaking and numerous related utilities. The existing tram will be removed.

A mid station will be located where the gondola breaks over the ridge line at an elevation of 9,125 feet. A 14,000-square-foot viewing deck, rest rooms and two covered seating areas will be built there.

A 54-foot-tall, 2-story top station and lodge will be built at an elevation of 9,150 feet. It will include a restaurant, bar, lockers, rental shop, activity center and first aid station.

The gondola will use eight-passenger cabins and will be able to transport 3,000 people every hour.

The project passed unanimously.

Construction is expected to start in 2000.

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