Under optimum conditions, Heavenly can cover 73 percent of its trails in machine-made snow, by far the most in the Lake Tahoe basin. In more visual terms, Heavenly can produce three-and-a-half feet of snow over one acre in an hour. That's enough snow to blanket a football field with eight-and-a-half feet during an average three-hour game.
"It's comforting to know that when it's cold, we have snow," said John Wagnon, Heavenly's vice president of marketing and sales.
For this season Heavenly's snowmaking has been expanded to include Stagecoach run; covering an additional eight acres of terrain with snowmaking.
"Snowmaking is really all about putting down a solid product skiers and riders can depend on from the get-go," said Jim Larmore, Heavenly's director of snow surfaces.
Heavenly has begun making snow at the top of the Gondola, on Orion and upper Comet, two of its signature runs on the Nevada side.