Vail Resorts’ Heavenly, Kirkwood, and Northstar Are ALL Postponing Opening | Blaming Warm Weather

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Vail Resorts’ Heavenly Mountain. Credit: Heavenly

Vail Resorts’ Heavenly Mountain, Kirkwood, and Northstar California announced yesterday that opening days will be postponed, due to unusually warm November weather that limited snowmaking production.

Heavenly will now target Wednesday, Nov. 27 and Northstar will target Friday, Nov. 29 to open for skiing and snowboarding. Kirkwood will announce an opening date in the coming days. Thankfully, with snow in the forecast for Tahoe, it shouldn’t be too long. Other Tahoe resorts, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, and Mount Rose Ski Tahoe, NV both opened recently on manmade snow.

“Heavenly and Northstar operate the two largest snowmaking systems on the West Coast,” said Pete Sonntag, senior vice president of Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood. “As temperatures drop in the coming days, both resorts expect to be in full snowmaking production. We look forward to welcoming guests soon, with the best conditions in the region.”

Ahead of opening for skiing and snowboarding, guests will find available activities at both Heavenly and Northstar.

The Village at Northstar will open on Friday, Nov. 22, offering family-friendly activities, dining and shopping options. Complimentary ice-skating for Epic Pass holders will be available at the Village Rink, and all shops and restaurants in the village will be open, with Michael Mina’s new Bourbon Pub Northstar celebrating its grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 23.

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Heavenly crews working 24/7 to get the slopes ready. Credit: Heavenly

Beginning Saturday, Nov. 23, Heavenly will offer daily sightseeing access via the Heavenly Gondola and also open the Ridge Rider Mountain Coaster, an exhilarating on-mountain, a gravity-powered alpine coaster with incredible views of Lake Tahoe. On-mountain dining outlets Café Blue and Tamarack Lodge will be open as well.

Heavenly and Northstar continue to plan for lively celebrations to welcome to the 2019-20 skiing and snowboarding season.

On Opening Day at Heavenly, guests will be welcomed with complimentary donuts, hot chocolate, and coffee in the morning at the Heavenly Village Gondola from 8-10 am. Music will welcome guests at the base of the Heavenly Village Gondola and Tamarack Lodge from 9 am to 1 pm.

Northstar’s Opening Day will begin with the Big Springs Gondola opening celebration at 8 am. Music from 2-5 pm at the Rink Stage kicks-off an afternoon of family-friendly fun in the Village at Northstar. At 4 pm, guests can enjoy complimentary s’mores and hot chocolate around the Village Ice Rink, followed by music and face painting from 5-8 pm.

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