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Heavenly, Northstar expand terrain for holiday weekend

Tribune staff report
Heavenly Mountain Resort opened Orion on Thursday, expanding its terrain for the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. Heavenly now has 2.3 skiable miles of open terrain.
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Heavenly Mountain Resort and Northstar California Resort have expanded terrain for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, giving skiers and riders access to the best snow surface conditions at Lake Tahoe. Combined, the Best of Tahoe resorts will offer Lake Tahoe’s most open terrain.

“If you’re planning on skiing this holiday weekend, Heavenly and Northstar are the places to be,” said Pete Sonntag, vice president and chief operating officer of Heavenly. “The forecast is calling for a significant storm right after the weekend, and we are hopeful it lives up to the prediction so we can expand terrain and also open Kirkwood.”

Heavenly opened Orion on Thursday, an intermediate run accessed off Dipper Express — this boosted the resort’s open terrain to 2.3 skiable miles. During the holiday weekend, Heavenly will open daily at 8:30 a.m.

Heavenly will also provide the tubing hill as additional beginner terrain. East Peak Lodge will open for the season with a renovated cafeteria area that provides guests with new dining options, including house-made soups, salads and gourmet sandwiches. Unbuckle at Tamarack will take place Friday and Saturday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. with a live DJ, half-price drinks, food specials and the lovely Heavenly Angels.

Northstar will open Comstock Express on Friday, which offers guests access to the summit of the mountain. With the opening of Comstock Express, Northstar will offer a total of seven lifts moving into the holiday. Additional trails will also open Friday, including West Ridge and Luggi’s. Lion’s Way beginner slope, which is adjacent to The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, will also open.

Located at the top of Comstock Express, Summit Deck and Grille will open Friday and welcomes guests for lunch and a full bar. Thanksgiving weekend also marks the beginning of Northstar’s famous holiday celebrations.

Among many highlights from Friday through Sunday, guests can enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides through The Village at Northstar from noon to 3 p.m., kids are invited to participate in the Ripperoo Parade in The Village each day at 3:45 p.m., carolers sing in The Village from 3 to 6 p.m.; and the famous Tree Lighting Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday at 4 p.m.


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