Heavenly Mountain Resort opened a new permanent climbing wall to the public today as a part of their new Epic Discovery project. Epic Discovery was approved in May 2015 and consists of the addition of a mountain excursion tour, ridge top lookout tower and observation deck, new zip lines and canopy tours, a mountain bike park, gravity-based alpine coaster, and new multi-use trails that will connect to the local trail system.
“The rock wall is an integral part of where Heavenly is headed next summer, as we launch Epic Discovery,” said Pete Sonntag, Tahoe region vice president and chief operating officer. “The Tahoe region has some incredible rock climbing areas, and it is great that we are able to pay homage to that. The rock wall will allow guests to try out climbing in a safe, controlled environment and hopefully be inspired to explore the sport more.”
The new activities are designed to promote environmental awareness and were produced in collaboration with the US Forest Service, the League to Save Lake Tahoe and the Nature Conservancy. Along with the permanent rock wall the new adventures waiting for you at the top of the gondola include the Hot Shot Zip Line, the Blue Streak Zip Line, and a variety of adventure ropes courses. The Hot Shot Zip Line offers four lines side by side so families and friends can race each other reaching speeds of up to 40 miles an hour and is 1,000 feet long. The Blue Streak offers comparable breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe while zipping along at speeds of up to 55 miles an hour for 3,300 feet. The Black Bear Ropes Course is ideal for families with children featuring cargo nets, swinging logs, and rope bridges while the Boulder Cove Ropes Course has a higher level of difficulty including a 35 foot controlled descent. Both courses were designed with safety in mind and are completed while wearing a harness. The tubing hill is also open in the summer and fall with a new and improved lane for a smooth ride.
Matt Eaton, Senior Manager of Activities at Heavenly Mountain Resort explains “The rock wall, which pays homage to and is modeled after the famous granite of the Sierra Nevada, has 15 designated climbing routes established throughout the structure. The most unique part is the goat path that guests climb up to the summit of the climbing wall to access the quick-jump, rapid-descent system that mimics free-falling. It’s exhilarating and challenges people to step outside of what may typically be their comfort zone.” Still in the works for an even more epic experience for children is the kids 100 foot zip line and kids rope course.
Heavenly is open daily from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. through Monday, September 7, and from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 5. After Labor Day Heavenly will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. through September 27.
This winter is promising to be a white one, and Labor Day is the last day to purchase a season pass to the Best of Tahoe resorts, Heavenly Mountain Resort, Northstar California Resort and Kirkwood Mountain Resort at the guaranteed lowest price. This year the Tahoe Local Pass includes five days of non-holiday skiing and riding at Colorado’s Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and the largest ski resort in the U.S.-Utah’s Park City- in addition to the Tahoe resorts.