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Kirkwood, Heavenly, Northstar add more terrain thanks to fresh snow

Northstar began opening more terrain, adding seven new trails following this week's snow storm.
Northstar began opening more terrain, adding seven new trails following this week's snow storm.
Northstar California

The three Vail properties in Lake Tahoe – Heavenly Mountain Resort, Northstar California, Kirkwood Mountain Resort – have received 14 to 25 inches of new snow during the most recent winter storm at Lake Tahoe.

The three resorts now offer a combined 94 trails and 39 lifts. They expect to open additional terrain during the coming week prior to the Presidents’ Day holiday.

“In addition to opening Northstar’s scheduled terrain, the resort was able to open seven new trails within the first hour Thursday thanks to the new snow,” said Bill Rock, senior vice president and chief operating officer. “Northstar has delivered the most trails and best conditions in North Lake Tahoe thanks to our state of the art snowmaking system and our dedicated team.

“Now we’ve received help from Mother Nature, and guests can look forward to a phenomenal week skiing and riding,” Rock stated.

Like Northstar, Heavenly has amble snowmaking capability, which has allowed eh South Lake Tahoe resort to offer more terrain this winter where snowfall has been rare.

“This weather system brought a welcomed boost to our snow base, along with the temperatures that will allow us to continue making snow ourselves,” said Pete Sonntag, vice president and chief operating officer of Heavenly. “We will continue to offer maximize our natural snowfall with our expansive grooming and snowmaking fleets. New terrain opened throughout the day today, and we are in a great position to continue expanding terrain for our guests.”

Kirkwood, located off Highway 88, also is loving its new conditions following this week’s snowfall. Kirkwood will open additional terrain today off of Chair 6.

“Kirkwood Mountain Resort’s recent snowfall has brought out the powder-hounds who ‘whoop and holler’ throughout the mountain,” said Casey Blann, vice president and general manager. “The energy and smiles of our guests and staff are off the charts.

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