Want to spend more time enjoying Heavenly Mountain Resort…How about year round adventure!

The summer sun beating down, the scent of pine in the air, the adrenaline pumps as you hurl down the mountainside on a bike.  It seems as if the bike will rocket right into Lake Tahoe until the trail flattens out at the bottom.  Heart pounding?  Want to do it again?  Go ahead!  Load the bike onto a chairlift and whisk back up to the top of the mountain allowing you to do this over and over until the sun sets.  Is this a dream?

Maybe not…Welcome to the Epic Discovery Project.  An exciting proposal that will expand Heavenly Mountain Resorts summer activities ten fold.  So, what new activities, excitement and adventure might be available?  Here are a few.

  • Mountain bike park
  • Ziplining
  • Skycycle canopy tours
  • A ropes course
  • Water activities
  • Hiking trails
  • Mountain excursion tours
  • Nature interpretation

Sounds great right?  Not so fast.  As is known, Heavenly Mountain Resort is operated on National Forest Land.  That means approval is needed to ensure the additions can be made with minimal impact to the environment.  The resort submitted plans to U.S. Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin 110Management Unit, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, and Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board to help prepare a the report, which will identify this impact.  These reports are now ready for the public to view.  Have a look online at TRPA, USFS and Lahontan, in person or by attending a series of local meetings.

Public meetings will be held at the TRPA Board Room located at 128 Market Street in Stateline on September 10 and September 24 at 9:30 a.m. or at the Lahontan board meeting on October 8 at 4 p.m. at 971 Silver Dollar Avenue in South Lake Tahoe.

Comments submitted at these public hearings or in writing to any of the responsible agencies will be distributed to each agency and considered in the environmental review process. Comments need not be repeated to each agency. TRPA has been identified as the primary point of contact to address questions and collect comments.111

For additional assistance to develop your comments, come out to the Forest Service open house.  It will take place Thursday, September 18, 2014, at the Forest Supervisor’s Office, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, California, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Again, is not a public hearing, but rather an opportunity for those interested to learn more about the project to assist them in developing their comments.

If you want to read more about Heavenly’s Epic Discovery Project, check it out here.


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