Mother Nature provides the cold, Heavenly blows in the snow |

Mother Nature provides the cold, Heavenly blows in the snow

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE – If nighttime and early morning temperatures continue to be well below freezing as they were last night, Heavenly Mountain Resort looks to a ski season start on Friday.

Heavenly, which bills itself as having the West Coast’s largest snowmaking system, can cover 70 percent of Heavenly’s trails in machine-made snow. Under the best snow making conditions ” temperatures below freezing and low humidity ” the resort can produce three-and-a-half feet of snow over one acre in an hour. That’s enough snow to blanket a football field with eight-and-a-half feet during an average three-hour game, officials said.

“It’s comforting to know that when it’s cold, we have snow,” said John Wagnon, Heavenly’s vice president of marketing and sales, in a press statement. “Our guests can be confident that come opening day they’ll be skiing and riding on the best and most consistent snow surface at Lake Tahoe.”

With cold weather arriving for the next few nights and days, Heavenly officials say Mother Nature is providing the temperatures to provide a base of snow for the winter. For this season Heavenly’s added 11 new automated fan guns to its already impressive snowmaking system. Officials told the Tribune last week there are about 70 snowmaking guns.

“Snowmaking is really all about putting down a solid product skiers and riders can depend on from the get-go,” said Jim Larmore, Heavenly’s director of snow surfaces. “This system is so efficient; it packs more punch than all the other snowmaking systems in the Tahoe basin combined.”

Heavenly has begun making snow at the top of the Gondola, on Orion and upper Comet, its two signature runs on the Nevada side.

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