Heavenly Mountain Resort has accumulated so much snow this winter that the resort may still have snow on the ground in upper elevations when summer visitors show up. The record-setting winter is guaranteeing a deep snow pack for spring skiing and events.
'It's our eighth snowiest year on record," spokesperson Russ Pecoraro, told OnTheSnow. "And that's with two months to go in the season. Snow is still coming, and storms are lined up, meaning that spring skiing will be fantastic."
Heavenly plans to run its lifts daily until April 24. Several spring events fill the calendar before the last day of the season, and the resort usually runs its spring season pass sale mid-March through June.
The resort is returning its week-long spring skiing and riding festival. Springloaded, which runs April 9-16, features on mountain events and après ski parties mixed with South Lake Tahoe's 24-hour scene bouncing with casino action, dancing, bars, and music.
The Gunbarrel 25, taking place April 9 to launch Springloaded, whips up mogul action. Glen Plake leads the mogul marathon in which participants aim to complete 25 laps on Gunbarrel. Finishers receive GB25 pins while top finishers in each category receive event belt buckles and have their name engraved on the event trophy designed by Plake. The entry costs $30 for passholders and $70 for non-passholders, which includes a full day lift ticket.
The Springloaded week of beach parties and pond skimming competitions ends April 16 with the ski patrol concert and fundraiser in Heavenly Village. Proceeds from the event go to local charities.
Heavenly overlooks Lake Tahoe on its south end. Photo: Heavenly Mountain Resort