As of Jan.16, skiers and snowboarders can now ski across the border at Heavenly Mountain Resort, thanks to the West Coast’s largest snowmaking system and lots of hard work from Heavenly’s mountain ops, grooming and snowmaking crews.
Heavenly snowmakers and groomers worked together to cover more than 4,830 linear feet of trail on the Skyline Trail. They transported the machine-made snow with Sky Express chairlift and then pushed it down the run. Snow was also made at the top of Dipper Express in Nevada and then pushed up Skyline Trail.
Pete Sonntag, Heavenly’s general manager, said, “This project has been an amazing combination of creativity and hard work, driven by our boundless desire to make things the best they can be for our loyal guests”.
The lack of snow in the fall and early winter has proved difficult for most resorts to open terrain this season. Heavenly has gone above and beyond to open as much terrain as possible despite the lack of help from Mother Nature. “We hope this is a project we never have to do again, but with natural snow being tough to come by this season, we felt that opening Skyline was a critical component to the overall experience for our guests. Now that the two separate mountains are connected, we are functioning as one large resort,” said Sonntag.
Currently, Heavenly is operating with 23 lifts and 28 open trails. The snow depth is currently between 18 and 24 inches and the runs have wall-to-wall snow coverage.
Conditions will continue to improve, and with snow in the forecast Heavenly is hoping to open additional terrain soon.
To see what went into opening Skyline Trail, check out this video: