The plan for these two Lake Tahoeski resort stalwarts is to open soon. And to help them move toward the goal of a Nov. 18 opening, both Heavenly ski resort and Northstar-at-Tahoe ski resort began making snow on Tuesday night (Oct. 25).
The snowmaking effort signals that the Lake Tahoe skiing and snowboarding season is nearing as temperatures continue to drop and the manufactured snow begins to accumulate.
Heavenly says it has the West Coast’s largest snowmaking operation and under optimum conditions can cover 73 percent of the resort’s trails in machine-made snow. In more visual terms, Heavenly can produce 3½ feet of snow over one acre in an hour. That’s enough snow to blanket a football field with 8½ feet during an average three-hour game.
Heavenly has begun making snow at the top of the Gondola and on the California Trail.
“Snowmaking is such a critical service that really improves the overall ski and snowboard experience,” said Pete Sonntag, Heavenly’s general manager.
With the ability to open limited terrain with just 48 hours of snowmaking if cold temperatures and low humidity continue, Northstar says it has the largest snowmaking system in North Lake Tahoe, and can cover 50 percent of its trails in machine-made snow.
Northstar has begun making snow on trails, including Main Street, Lower Pioneer, Pinball, Lumberjack, in the Big Easy beginner learning area, and on Cat’s Face where Shaun White’s signature 22-foot halfpipe will be built this season.
“It’s always exciting when temperatures cooperate and we’re able to fire up the snowmaking system for the first time of the season,” said Bill Rock, vice president and chief operating officer of Northstar California Resort.
To celebrate the opening of the two Vail Resort ski properties, Heavenly is offering visitors to spend three nights and ski or ride two days at Heavenly, starting as low as $255 per person.
Skiers or snowboarders interested in experiencing Northstar are invited to Stay & Ski FREE starting at just $105 per person, per night. Some restrictions apply. For reservations or more information, visit NorthstarCalifornia.com or call 1.800.GO.NORTH.
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