Vail Resorts, owner of Northstar, Heavenly, and Kirkwood is continuing the permit process with the U.S. Forest Service and other agencies to add additional summer activities to Heavenly Mountain Resort.
The proposed “Epic Discovery” activities include zipline and skycycle canopy tours, mountain bike park, ropes course, water activities, hiking trails, and 4-wheel drive tours. The existing “Adventure Peak” will provide access to most of the proposed activities that will extend into East Peak Lake Basin and Sky Meadows Basin.
The mountain bike park will be located in the East Peak Basin area. The Big Easy and Comet Express lifts will provide the ride to the top. The ride down will be on single-track and existing summer roads with a total length of 9-10 miles. New trails will connect the bike park with the Tahoe Rim Trail and Heavenly Village.
A new “interpretive zipline canopy tour” will be built in the area east of the gondola mid and the top stations. You may recall that a 51 year-old man died in a zipline accident at Heavenly in 2009. The man fell 50 feet from a chairlift when a zipline cable snapped and hit the chair. The man was on his honeymoon. His bride received minor leg injuries.
“Water Activities” will be on the East Peak reservoir. Heavenly will provide kayaking, canoeing, and other small engine-less boats for guest use.
The proposal for the new activities has been submitted to the U.S. Forest Service for analysis. The Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency are preparing environmental analyses of the proposal.
Two public meetings will be held for information and oral comments.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 @ 9:30am, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency , room 128, Market Street, Stateline, NV.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013, @ 5:30pm, Forest Supervisor’s Office, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA.
The Epic Discovery proposal is available online.