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Heavenly opens Stagecoach Express

Tribune staff report
A skier shreds on Stagecoach Express last Saturday at Heavenly Mountain Resort. The trail opened last weekend, giving the resort 6.4 miles of skiable terrain.
Courtesy Heavenly Mountain Resort |

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Cooler temperatures allowed Heavenly Mountain Resort to utilize the West Coast’s largest snowmaking system in order to expand terrain and open Stagecoach Express last Saturday. This opening offers a second access point to the mountain, along with top-to-bottom skiing and riding on the Nevada side of the resort.

“These cooler temperatures have come at a crucial time, allowing us to expand terrain during the holiday period and provide a second base area and access point to the mountain,” said Pete Sonntag, Heavenly’s vice president and COO. “Looking forward, we hope to offer limited operations at the base of the California side for beginner skiers and riders and, if these ideal weather conditions continue, should have access to more terrain open for the public soon.”

Heavenly is currently operating nine lifts accessing 14 freshly-groomed trails and 6.4 skiable miles of terrain, including lower Olympic Downhill. The resort’s famous tubing hill is open with four lanes for guests 42 inches and taller — for children under 42 inches, Heavenly offers two lanes of sledding at the top of the Gondola at Adventure Peak. Heavenly is currently operating its free bus shuttle for guests on both the California and Nevada side, providing free parking at the California, Stagecoach and Boulder base areas.

Last Sunday Heavenly planned to open the DMZ Carpet, a beginner learning area at the base of the California side, for adult and children first-time ski and ride lessons only. Heavenly is making snow on the upper California side and, if snowmaking conditions continue, anticipates opening it for skiing and riding later this week.

Heavenly is in the midst of its holiday celebration with Heavenly Holidays underway — professional ice skating shows, ice carving and a New Year’s Eve extravaganza round out the festivities with a detailed schedule is available at http://www.skiheavenly.com/heavenlyholidays. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance online at http://www.snow.com/epicday.

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