Winter came early this year in Lake Tahoe. After getting approximately three feet of new snow in the past seven days, Vail Resorts-owned mountains Kirkwood, Heavenly, and Northstar will be opening for the 2022-23 season ahead of schedule on Saturday, Nov. 12.
Because of the recent snowfall, Vail Resorts pushed up the Heavenly and Northstar openings by almost a week and Kirkwood’s opening by nearly three weeks, which was originally scheduled to open on Dec. 2.
“We are thrilled to welcome skiers and riders back to Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood for the upcoming season even earlier than we anticipated,” Tom Fortune said, VP & COO of Heavenly and the Tahoe Region. “Mother Nature came through for us, allowing natural snowfall to fly and pile up while also giving us the temperatures needed for our snowmakers to do their best work.”
Here’s the early-season terrain that will be accessible at all three resorts:
- Northstar Lifts: Big Springs Gondola will open at 8:30 am with Vista, Arrow and Big Easy starting at 9 am.
- Heavenly Lifts: Tram, Gunbarrel, Patsy’s and Powderbowl will open starting at 8:30 am.
- Kirkwood Lifts: Chair 5 (Solitude) will open starting at 9 am.
Welcome back, winter.