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Heavenly opens Groove Terrain Park, Mombo Trail

Heavenly Mountain Resort opened Groove Terrain Park Friday, in advance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. Heavenly Foundation’s Groovers Challenge Series begins Sunday.
Courtesy Heavenly Mountain Resort |

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Flexing the power of the West Coast’s largest snowmaking system, Heavenly Mountain Resort opened new terrain Friday — including Groove Terrain Park and Mombo Trail. Located on the California side off of Groove Chair, Groove Terrain Park is Heavenly’s most popular progression park, providing an ideal learning environment for beginners with a variety of features including five rails, one bonk and two jumps.

For the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, Heavenly will be offering a total of 19 lifts and 26 trails for a total of 12.2 miles of groomed skiing and riding. Lifts will open to the public at 8:30 a.m. through Monday, with Groove Chair opening at 10 a.m.

“Heavenly’s extensive snowmaking system continues to be instrumental in opening new terrain,” said Pete Sonntag, vice president and COO of Heavenly. “We have highly-experienced grooming and terrain parks teams to thank for adding these fun and well-manicured zones to this holiday weekend.

“The technology we use to build parks and groom out trails is truly state-of-the-art, and you can really tell when you’re out there on the snow.”

Groove Park will be the location for the Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation’s Groovers Challenge Series, which will begin Sunday and continue Feb. 8 and March 8. The event is open to skiers and snowboarders ages 12 and younger, with awards given to the top-three athletes from the 10-12-year-old, 8-9-year-old, and 7-and-under age categories — a panel of four judges will rate three runs based on difficulty, creativity and overall impression.

Registration for the Groovers Challenge is from 7 to 9 a.m. at the HSSF building located near the Aerial Tramway at the California Base area — cost is $30 for the single event or $75 for all three events. Athletes will have the opportunity to practice in Groove Park from 9 to 10 a.m., at which point competitors will meet before the 10:30 a.m. event.

Skiing or snowboarding spectators are welcome at Groove Park to enjoy music from the DJ Cat as the announcer calls out all the action from the slopes. For more info or to register online, visit http://www.eventbrite.com.

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