It’s official: Heavenly and Northstar ski resorts (both run by Vail Resorts) will Open this Saturday, November 14th. These early openings are due to all the natural snow that has fallen in the past 10 days. Heavenly got 3-7″ of snow over night and Northstar got “a few inches.”
“We’ve already received about three feet of snow overall this season which, combined with around-the-clock operation from the West Coast’s two largest snowmaking systems, has created a great early-season base and the best snow surface conditions at Lake Tahoe. Opening early creates even more value for Tahoe Local pass holders, who are already getting the best pass deal in Tahoe.” – Pete Sonntag, Vail Resorts’ Tahoe region vice president and chief operating officer
We suspect that Kirkwood will be opening up this weekend as well. Kirkwood stated yesterday that if they get 12 more inches of snow, they could open early. They got 14-18″ of snow last night and they are forecast to see 6-12 more inches of snowfall today.
WHAT WILL BE OPEN:
– HEAVENLY –
- Lifts = Gondola, Tamarack Express, Dipper Express
- Runs = upper California Trail, Orion’s
– NORTHSTAR –
- Will be open Top to Bottom
- Lifts = Big Springs Gondola, Vista Express, Arrow Express, Comstock Express
- Runs = West Ridge, Luggi’s, Skid, Pinball, Lumberjack, Lower Main Street
Recent Storms Allow Heavenly and Northstar to Kick-Off Ski Season Six Days Ahead of Projected Opening Day
· El Niño strikes again, dumping more new snow at Heavenly and Northstar
· Earliest resort openings since 2012
The wait to enjoy the best ski and snowboard resorts at Lake Tahoe is over. With El Niño serving up a healthy dose of new snow at Lake Tahoe over the weekend, and with forecasts calling for another storm to hit the region Monday night, Heavenly and Northstar have announced the resorts will open six days early, kicking-off winter 2015-16 on Saturday, Nov. 14.
“We’ve already received about three feet of snow overall this season which, combined with around-the-clock operation from the West Coast’s two largest snowmaking systems, has created a great early-season base and the best snow surface conditions at Lake Tahoe,” said Pete Sonntag, Tahoe region vice president and chief operating officer. “Opening early creates even more value for Tahoe Local pass holders, who are already getting the best pass deal in Tahoe.”
This is the earliest the resorts have opened since 2012, and the first time opening six days ahead of schedule since at least 2009. Heavenly plans to operate the Gondola, Tamarack Express and Dipper Express, accessing upper California Trail and Orion’s, which, at over a mile long, will be the longest run available in the Tahoe basin. Northstar will open top-to-bottom, spinning the Big Springs Gondola, Vista Express, Arrow Express and Comstock Express accessing West Ridge, Luggi’s, Skid, Pinball, Lumberjack and Lower Main Street. Northstar will also operate a surface lift near the Big Easy Chair to offer children’s ski and snowboard lessons.
Kirkwood received 18 inches of new snow overnight at its summit. Resort officials have yet to determine if they will open Kirkwood prior to its Nov. 21 opening day.
Early openings as well as all the new snow in Tahoe is further incentive for guests to secure the best option in season passes by the cutoff date – Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015.