Vail Resorts Officially Extends Season at Northstar, Heavenly, and Kirkwood

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The three Lake Tahoe-area resorts will extend the ski + ride season this year thanks to near-record-setting snow totals.

With a wild winter season and near-record-setting snowfall across the region, Northstar California, Heavenly Mountain Resort, and Kirkwood Mountain Resort will add additional days to ski and ride season, allowing guests to enjoy an even longer spring season on the slopes this year.

Heavenly will add three full weeks to its schedule, with a new closing date of Sunday, May 7. Northstar will add two additional weekends, remaining open Friday, April 21 – Sunday, April 23, and Friday, April 28 – Sunday, April 30. Kirkwood will also add two additional weekends, staying open Friday, May 5 – Sunday, May 7, and Friday, May 12 – Sunday, May 14. Northstar and Heavenly were originally scheduled to close for the season on Sunday, April 16, and Kirkwood on Sunday, April 30.

“We are incredibly excited to offer even more days of skiing and riding for our guests. With all the snow we have received this year and bluebird days around the corner, we are primed for awesome spring skiing – we look forward to sharing it all with our guests, teams, and communities as we close out a truly wild but rewarding season.”

– Tom Fortune, VP & COO of Heavenly and the Tahoe Region

This news comes in addition to opening early for the 2022/23 winter season. Kirkwood opened three weeks earlier than planned, and both Heavenly and Northstar opened one week earlier than planned, all on November 12. This means that the season has been extended on both the front and back end, providing guests with even more opportunities for incredible skiing and riding across Lake Tahoe.

Current snow totals at each resort are reaching historic records. As of today, Northstar is at 616 inches, with a prior seasonal record of 701 inches. Heavenly is at 538 inches, with a prior seasonal record of 564 inches. Kirkwood is at 656 inches, with a prior seasonal record of 700 inches.

More detail on what to expect operationally will come as the resorts get into the spring timeframe.

Epic Passes for this current winter 2022/23 are still valid and usable throughout these extension periods. Epic Passes for next winter, 2023/24, are now available here. Guests planning to visit at any point through the end of this season are encouraged to purchase their lift access in advance, as lift tickets will be limited every day across every resort in order to preserve the guest experience.

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