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Heavenly zip line facing challenges

Jeremy Evans

Lake Tahoe’s newest attraction has started off as a hit or miss venture.

Since it opened to the public on Feb. 29, the Heavenly Flyer has been closed or placed on wind hold nearly half of those days. The 3,300-foot zip line, situated at nearly 10,000 feet on an exposed ridge, can’t operate if winds exceed 30 mph, but it’s also closed several days this week because of ice build-up on the cables.

“This is the first zip line of its kind … there isn’t much of an instruction manual,” said Russ Pecoraro, Heavenly’s communications director. “It’s not like a lift where you have guys who can go up towers to fix things. There is a 3,000-foot span between one tower and the next tower, so it’s a little bit harder to do something manually. But we’re working through those issues and are getting it open as often as we can.”

Conditions permitting, the Heavenly Flyer is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rides are $30 ($20 for season pass holders) but lift tickets and gondola sightseeing tickets are sold separately. The zip line is the longest of its kind in the continental United States.

Vail Resorts reveals “Epic” season pass

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Vail Resorts, Inc., parent company of Heavenly Mountain Resort, revealed its latest season pass offer on Tuesday, an unrestricted and unlimited pass good at five resorts for the 2008-09 season. The “Epic Season Pass” is good at Heavenly as well as Colorado resorts Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone for $579.

The pass is $279 for children (5-12) and is on sale through Nov. 15.

“We designed the new Epic Season Pass program to reward our most loyal guests and to bring greater excitement to the sports of skiing and snowboarding,” said Rob Katz, chief executive officer of Vail Resorts. “It is a groundbreaking initiative that will completely change how our guests experience their ski and snowboard vacations.”

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