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The Journey Begins at Heavenly Mountain
Unlocking The Idea
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Heavenly is proud to announce the brand new Epic Discovery program, an entirely new mountain adventure experience.

We are re-imagining how families can experience all that the mountain has to offer, and help build an appreciation for activities and scenery that can only be enjoyed in the summer. With an environment as stunningly beautiful and rich as ours, inspiration is easy to find.

An experience of a lifetime that only Heavenly can deliver.

Map of activity areas at Heavenly Resort

Pending USFS Approval

Nature at Heavenly Resort

We’re proud to have partnered with The Nature Conservancy, the leading conservation non-profit organization, to help us bring scientific content to the educational and discovery experiences found at Heavenly.

With this partnership, we’re excited about the opportunity to help bring more families into our national forests and inspiring them to learn more about their natural surroundings.

Pending USFS Approval

In all things of Nature there is something of the marvelous.

Aristotle

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Kids running on zipline bridge at Heavenly Resort

Soak in one of the most spectacular views the world has to offer, high above Lake Tahoe, where bald eagles soar, where every breath is met with cool fresh air, and inspiration replenishes your soul.

Welcome to the Sky Meadows Lookout Tower, a panoramic viewing balcony nestled within the most awe-inspiring natural scenery in the world.

A place that truly puts everything in perspective.

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Pending USFS Approval

Heavenly Nature for all Generations
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The Expedition Center is your portal to experiential play and adventure, providing all the essentials for mountain exploring. Wood carvings depict the forest’s wildlife in this larger-than-life nature hike.

Pending USFS Approval

To breathe the air the angels breathe, go to Tahoe.

Mark Twain

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Child by a stream at Heavenly Resort

An adventure through the forest, and the opportunity to explore things both seen and unseen – this is where personal connections to the mountain are developed, where the line between play and learning is blurred.

An excursion above the trees, where ideas are cultivated, curiosity piqued, and interests explored. Where empathy for the world around is realized.

A thrilling descent from the summit ridge, where fascination is stirred, senses tingled, and excitement driven. Where a meaningful sense of respect and appreciation are revealed.

Learning through play. An enriched adventure.

Pending USFS Approval

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The Alpine Coaster at Heavenly Resort

Accelerate down the mountain through a vertical descent, embraced by gravity and momentum with every twist, dive, dip and turn.

Chase the wind as the bottom draws nearer. Through each rounded corner, the mountain expanse unfolds in a blur of trees, rocks and wildlife.

The Forest Flyer™ alpine elevated toboggan ride awakens the senses and leaves you begging for just one more go.

It’s a whole new way to ride the mountain.

Map of tubing areas at Heavenly Resort

Pending USFS Approval

Kids pulling water tubes at Heavenly Resort

If you really want an adrenaline rush, experience the thrill of tubing. Four, 500-foot-long lanes with a 65-foot vertical drop, accessed by a state-of-the-art elevated magic carpet, will have you whooping and hollering with every dip and roll, vowing to never do it again – until you find yourself back in line for another run.

Map of forest flyer at Heavenly Resort

Pending USFS Approval

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A Vision We Achieve Together at Heavenly
Adventure Peak at Heavenly Resort

You’re 30 feet off the ground and all that stands between you and the finish platform are a series of wooden planks individually suspended from the rafters above. Gulp.

Adventure Peak is a self–guided challenge area that will test your courage and your cunning as you navigate a series of vertical wooden columns, platforms and rope walkways/bridges.

Think of it as a metaphor for life, where balance is the key.

Map of Manzanita challenges at Heavenly Resort

Pending USFS Approval

Child holding plant at Heavenly Resort

Together, we are creating eco-discovery experiences at Heavenly to promote education and awareness of our unique environment.

Vail Resorts has also created a new program called "1% for the Forest," where we will donate 1 percent of all summer activity revenue to The Nature Conservancy for forest health restoration projects out West.

Here's to partnering for something big:
the forest.

Pending USFS Approval

Boy in Heavenly Resort Forest

Somewhere between the earth and sky, where the air is cool and pure, and nature is painted by the hands of angels – there’s a place where squeals of delight echo through the trees.

It’s a place where treetops inspire goose bumps. Where thickly forested slopes are explored at high speeds, turn by swooshing turn. Where challenge courses, ziplining, and canopy tours turn nature into a living, breathing textbook. A place where trailheads beckon the entire family to explore.

Welcome to Epic Discovery. A new experience where adventure, education and nature all balance and elevate one another. Discover a whole new side of the mountain your family can explore time and time again.

Pending USFS Approval

Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land.

Aldo Leopold

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Press Release
  • Ropes Courses, Ziplines, Bike Park All Part of Epic Discovery Introduction at Heavenly
  • Resort to Donate One Percent of Summer Lift Ticket and Activity Revenue to The Nature Conservancy for Forest and Watershed Conservation

Heavenly Mountain Resort, Calif./Nev. - July 16, 2013 - Heavenly Mountain Resort has submitted a proposal to the USDA Forest Service and Tahoe Regional Planning Agency for expansions to its on-mountain summer activities, as part of Vail Resorts’ Epic Discovery, a Summer Mountain Adventure.

Vail Resorts has proposed Epic Discovery at just three of its mountain resorts: Vail Mountain, Breckenridge Ski Resort and now Heavenly. The three proposals are the first of their kind following the 2011 passage of the Ski Area Recreational Opportunities Enhancement Act. Heavenly is the first Lake Tahoe resort to propose activities under this federal bill that allows the Forest Service to review and accept non-ski-related activities on its mountains.


1% for the Forest at Heavenly
Girl on rockclimbing wall at Heavenly Resort

This realistic, mini-replica of one of Tahoe’s most famous peaks offers multiple routes for a variety of skill levels and a mechanical auto-belay system for participants.

The wall is approximately 30 feet tall and is designed to closely replicate the form, color and texture of a large wall of local Sierra Nevada granite. You’ll pit yourself against nature with climbs for both beginners and experts, from single- to multi-pitch routes.

Test your mental and physical balance and tenacity. And when you’re finished, the most veteran climbers will wonder how you made it look so easy.

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Pending USFS Approval

The mountains are calling and I must go.

John Muir

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Kids ziplining at Heavenly Resort

Set your sights on the treetops as you scale the Discovery Forest. You’ll work with your family and friends to complete a series of physical and mental challenges that will leave you breathless.

Explore three different levels of difficulty, with some courses swinging 30 feet above the ground. You’ll need teamwork, balance, concentration and a little bit of cunning to conquer this tree village.

You’ll come away with a whole new respect for Ewoks.

Pending USFS Approval

Mountains can bounce at Heavenly Resorts
Person ziplining at Heavenly Resort

Four, parallel 1,000-foot-long lines provide an introductory experience to ziplining while giving participants a bird’s eye view of Heavenly.

With an incredible vertical drop, you’ll reach speeds of up to 50 mph. You can ride on a zipline solo or race against family members and friends. Depending on how loud you scream, you’ll know if you’re ready for the 3,300-foot-long Heavenly Flyer.

Map of Zip-line course at Heavenly Resort

Pending USFS Approval

Father and Daughter by Stream at Heavenly Resort

Our new summer experience is designed to enable others to forge a closer connection to the place we cherish most – the mountains.

We envision a place where families and friends will be inspired by the majesty, history, and intrinsic value of our forests. Where our guests are immersed in exciting and rewarding new experiences. Where people of all ages and walks of life come to discover something memorable about this place, and about themselves – where they leave with memories that last a lifetime.

Welcome to Epic Discovery at Heavenly. A whole new way to discover summer.

Pending USFS Approval

Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.

Vernon Howard

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Family riding the gondola at Heavenly Resort

Capture an aerial view of the lake and mountains, adding your very own artistic flare, with a ride up the Gondola at Heavenly.

The awe-inspiring journey begins at the Heavenly Village, where the Gondola at Heavenly goes 2.4 miles up the mountain to 9,123 feet, nearly 3,000 feet above the lake. The Deck, two-thirds of the way up, offers unparalleled views of the Desolation Wilderness, Carson Valley and, of course, the sparkling waters of Lake Tahoe.

It also offers an interactive model depicting how Lake Tahoe was formed and how it functions today.

Pending USFS Approval

Person riding the Ecoflyer zipline at Heavenly Resort

The EcoFlyer is a self-propelled cable bicycle suspended at treetop level that takes riders high over the landscape allowing for an intimate glimpse of the natural terrain and its fascinating inhabitants.

Designed as a fun and ecologically-friendly way to get right in the midst of Mother Nature's most incredible locations, this is a ride we can almost guarantee you’ve never experienced before.

Pending USFS Approval

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