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Spring activities in season at Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood

Tribune staff report
Heavenly’s Ridge Run sports freshly groomed snow during warm conditions Thursday. The run features scenic vistas overlooking Lake Tahoe, and is one of the top spring trails at the resort.
Courtesy Heavenly Mountain Resort |

With another month of skiing and riding ahead, Heavenly Mountain Resort, Northstar California and Kirkwood Mountain resort are welcoming spring by offering the Lake Tahoe’s best mix of spring snow, fun activities and mountain parties.

“Lake Tahoe’s spring atmosphere is unmatched and celebrated at the Best of Tahoe Resorts,” said Pete Sonntag, vice president and chief operating officer at Heavenly. “Heavenly’s high-energy vibe goes into high gear, Northstar offers a multitude family-friendly mountain and village activities, and Kirkwood’s steep spring skiing is a not-to-be-missed tradition.”

THREE MUST-SKI SIGNATURE SPRING TRAILS

The Best of Tahoe Resorts invite skiers and riders to discover the mountains’ sublime spring corn snow — and recommend a few favorites not to miss. In addition to a seemingly infinite, leisurely cruise on perfect spring snow, Heavenly’s Ridge Run reveals one of the world’s most iconic mountaintop vistas overlooking Lake Tahoe; Northstar’s West Ridge invites skiers and riders to carve perfect turns for more than a mile; Zachary offers one of Kirkwood’s most coveted top-to-bottom spring descents, and one of the Lake Tahoe area’s most iconic spring ski experiences.

THREE SIGNATURE SPRING EXPERIENCES

The Unbuckle Après Party at Heavenly’s Tamarack Lodge, rated as the No. 1 après ski party in North America by Forbes, is Lake Tahoe’s highest elevation après ski party. It features music, drinking, dancing and the lovely Heavenly Angels — ripping skiers by day and go-go dancers when the sun dips below the Sierra.

Unbuckle those ski boots and snowboard bindings, and take your après game to the next level each Friday and Saturday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., enjoying half-priced drinks, food specials, a guest DJ, the Heavenly Angels, giveaways and lots of dancing.

Sunday, April 5 beckons all kids and kids-at-heart to a full day of Easter festivities at Northstar. Guests can participate in an all-day jelly bean contest and Easter egg scavenger hunt throughout The Village at Northstar, and enjoy complimentary face painting and photos with the Easter Bunny. The Village Egg-tivity Zone inspires creativity with craft-making fun, and live music will play on The Village Stage in the afternoon complete with the kids’ Ripperroo Parade led by the Easter Bunny. In addition, Northstar’s ski slopes will host an all-day mountain Easter egg scavenger hunt and the Easter Bunny will ski throughout the day’s festivities. For a full list of Easter events complete with times, visit http://www.northstarcalifornia.com.

Visitors of 100-percent open Kirkwood will savor Lake Tahoe’s famous spring weather where top-to-bottom spring snow conditions are offered to skiers and snowboarders. Skiers and riders have the best opportunity to enjoy Kirkwood’s legendary spring steeps with the expertise of a veteran Expedition: Kirkwood coach. Private tours and coaching sessions are offered daily for both individuals and families.

RECEIVE UP TO 25 PERCENT OFF LIFT TICKETS

Heavenly, Kirkwood and Northstar are offering up to 25 percent savings on advanced purchase lift tickets this season via the new EpicDay Lift Tickets platform, now available across all Vail Resorts. Tickets can be purchased through an easy-to-use online and mobile site, http://www.snow.com/epicday, and picked up at a designated EpicDay Express Ticket Pick-Up lane at each resort.

TURN IN YOUR TICKET PROMOTION

Guests can benefit from the Turn in Your Ticket program this spring, which allows skiers and snowboarders to apply the cost of their day lift ticket towards the price of an Epic season pass for the 2015-16 ski season. Guests can bring their day ticket to a season pass office at any of the Vail Resorts owned mountains and let the staff know they’d like to put the money towards any season pass product.