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Heavenly Mountain Resort shifts to spring operations; California side closed

Tribune staff report
A snowboarder and skier take in a view of Lake Tahoe before heading down the mountain at Heavenly Mountain Resort last Friday. Heavenly shifted to spring operations Monday, closing all mountain operations on its California side.
Courtesy Heavenly Mountain Resort |

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — With a warm spring season already underway on the South Shore, Heavenly Mountain Resort has shifted its operations accordingly. On Monday, Heavenly began offering mountain access exclusively via the Heavenly Gondola in the Heavenly Village for the remainder of the season and via Stagecoach Express through Sunday.

All mountain operations on the California side closed Monday, a week ahead of schedule — the resort now operates 11 lifts accessing 27 trails. Mountain Operations staff continues to closely monitor and assess conditions daily — at this time the resort is still planning to close Sunday, April 19.

“While there was still some good skiing and riding at the upper portion of the California side, the lower portion was beginning to deteriorate to a point that, despite the best efforts of our snowmaking, grooming and entire mountain operations teams, was not up to our standards,” said Pete Sonntag, vice president and COO of Heavenly.

“The Nevada side is still offering some of the most and best skiing and riding in the region, which is powerful evidence of our snowmaking efforts throughout the season, as well as the advantages provided by Heavenly’s expansive high-elevation terrain,” Sonntag added. “At this time, we still anticipate a closing date of April 19 and are looking forward to some great conditions for the Easter holiday weekend.”

Heavenly Daycare will continue to operate out of the California Main Lodge, and all adult and children’s Ski and Ride School classes are offered out of the Gondola. Free parking will be available at the California Lodge along with free shuttle service between California Lodge and the Heavenly Gondola departing every 20 minutes.

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