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    Bike park at Heavenly Valley.

    Heavenly announces bike park, other recreation options | TahoeDailyTribune.com

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    When it comes to having fun in Lake Tahoe in the summer, visitors will soon have a few options to add to the area’s long list of activities.

    Heavenly Mountain Resort announced Tuesday plans to expand their summer offerings to include ziplines, ropes courses, a bobsled-like mountain coaster, water activities, 4x4 tours and a highly anticipated lift-accessed mountain bike park.

    “We feel like there’s always been a big opportunity with summer,” Heavenly general manager Pete Sonntag said.

    The Ski Area Recreational Opportunities Enhancement Act, passed in 2011, allows ski areas on national forest land to expand the variety of activities they offer with the approval of the Forest Service. Vail Resorts is one of the first companies in the country to take advantage of the new legislation, with Heavenly leading the charge in Lake Tahoe. Vail Mountain Resort and Breckenridge Ski Resort, also Vail holdings, have filed plans to expand their summer activities as well.

    “The reason we chose these three is we kind of have a critical mass of visitors in these areas,” Sonntag said. “The idea isn’t to draw thousands of new visitors to the area, but to take the visitors we have and give them more to do.”

    Heavenly has begun construction on the ropes courses, a canopy tour and a four-line zipline. The company expects to open late this summer or in time for the 2013-14 winter season, according to a statement released Tuesday. Weather permitting, some of Heavenly’s new activities will operate during winter months.

    The company filed the proposal for the additional activities with the Forest Service and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency two weeks ago. Upon approvals from both agencies, the earliest Heavenly would start construction on the other new facilities would be 2015, with opening slated for 2016. To implement the activities, little has to be built upon the existing infrastructure, Sonntag said.

    “The beauty of this is most of this stuff already exists,” he said.

    The mountain bike park would be accessed from Tamarack and Dipper lifts and run down into the East Peak Lodge area of the resort. The terrain will feature 8 miles to 10 miles of both cross country and downhill trails for a wide range of abilities, according to the statement.

    So far, at least one local bicyclist has expressed excitement over the park.

    “We have so much energy for bicycling here in Lake Tahoe,” cycling enthusiast Curtis Fong said. “We want to get the infrastructure here to be world class.”

    In addition to having fun, Heavenly hopes to implement and element of learning to their new activities. Partnering with the Nature Conservancy, the resort will add information about the natural environment to their new facilities. Vail has named the strategy “Epic Discovery.”

    “Epic Discovery represents an outstanding opportunity to introduce families to the forests and wildlife of the Northern Sierra Nevada,” said David Edelson, Sierra Nevada project director for The Nature Conservancy.

    Heavenly plans to donate 1 percent of all summer lift ticket and activity revenue to The Nature Conservancy. The expansion has received support from city and state officials.
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    “Lake Tahoe is a national treasure and I am thrilled that the Ski Area Recreational Opportunities Enhancement Act is creating an opportunity that will benefit Lake Tahoe’s economy and it’s unique environment,” said U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein in a statement.

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    I think that's pretty much the only area Heavenly can do a bike park as it's outside of the TRPA regulations, I believe all the water over there flows outside of the Tahoe Basin.

    Have mixed emotions about it, could be fun to do a few lift served runs, then go catch the TRT over at the Mott area then head down to VanSickle or Drop Monument Pass, Star Lake Connector or beyond. If lots of folks start doing this the TRT could get a bit beat up, I wonder if they will try to keep bikes within the boundary of the bike park or not?
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    maybe they should use the area of the phantom convention center for a pumptrack or something. although, who knows, they may actually start building that thing in the next 20 years...

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    About time Heavenly or another resort open up to mike biking! Bring more summer jobs and more recreational opportunities what is the downside.....NONE! So build it and we will come. Tahoe resorts are so way behind!
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    What about......

    .....the fact that both ski areas are owned by Vail Resorts? They're really going to have one asset complete against the other?

    It would be wonderful from my point of view but I think I'll remain skeptical until it actually happens.

    Thanks for sharing the news!


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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelsnead View Post
    .....the fact that both ski areas are owned by Vail Resorts? They're really going to have one asset complete against the other?

    It would be wonderful from my point of view but I think I'll remain skeptical until it actually happens.

    Thanks for sharing the news!


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    Try 3 resorts if you include Kirkwood all owned by Vail.

    Sierra@Tahoe is the place that could really do something special, they had a consultant come in a couple years ago but I've not heard squat about it since, anyone heard anything lately on this??
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    Interesting. Keep in mind N* also plans to expand summer operations, with their own zip lines, alpine slide, etc (it was in their master plan, released last fall). Normally I'd say "competition is good", but not sure how that applies to one division versus another within the same corporation.

    N* is a destination for mtn biking, but I'd expect Heavenly to try to attract more casual riders already at South Lake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-FXR View Post
    About time Heavenly or another resort open up to mike biking! Bring more summer jobs and more recreational opportunities what is the downside.....NONE! So build it and we will come. Tahoe resorts are so way behind!
    Wrong. Northstar has had a bike park for years and last I heard is they operate on a loss. That's why they closed for tough mudder for a week because that is an event that actually brings in money. Also Northstar and Heavenly are on opposite sides of the lake so I hardly see that as competition. It takes about an hour to get to Northstar from my house and about 5 minutes to get to Heavenly. Excited to see what heavenly might build in 2015 though.

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    Build a resort that carters to all levels build what will draw the masses..Mammoth is more remote than any Tahoe location and works. N* is poorly maintained and small and limited trails for most. Their format is failing but the concept can work.
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    Heavenly has much better terrain to built trails for all levels. My wife had a blast on TAMBA maintained trails even with all pedaling involved. Not a surprising that she like Mammoth a lot as well. N* on another hand just forget about it. So all in all great news.
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    The contours and terrain at heavenly would work well for lift driven single track. The rolling granite boulders, high elevation, and outside trail network will set it aside from Northstar and the drive will set it aside from Kirkwood. Hell, we can probably even take some business from mammoth. I fully support a bike park in South Lake Tahoe. This towns bike culture is at a poor status, without TAMBA we would have nothin. DH bikes need more places to meet up.
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    1% bribe to Nature Conservancy so that they don't oppose the plan. Nice!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnJameson View Post
    maybe they should use the area of the phantom convention center for a pumptrack or something. although, who knows, they may actually start building that thing in the next 20 years...
    A local told me today they are building more shops there soon.

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