Heavenly to Open Wednesday, November 30 For the 2005-2006 Season West Coasts Largest Snowmaking System Allows Heavenly to be First Major Lake Tahoe Resort Open Heavenly Mountain Resort, Lake Tahoe, Calif./Nev.  November 28, 2005  When the Heavenly Gondola starts turning at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 30, 2005, it will mark the beginning of Lake Tahoes 2005-2006 ski season, as well as the kick-off of Heavenlys 50th Anniversary winter. The wait is over. These recent storms, combined with our phenomenal snowmaking team, have made it possible for us to be the first resort in Tahoe to offer quality winter conditions for skiing and riding, said Blaise Carrig, Heavenlys chief operating officer. Were looking forward to another great season of creating extraordinary experiences for our guests. Heavenly spent $1.5 million on snowmaking and grooming during the off-season, and visitors will be glad they did. Heavenlys ability to blanket the mountain with snow is the primary reason skiers and riders will be enjoying great conditions at Lake Tahoe this Wednesday. Having more snowmaking capacity than any other three Tahoe area resorts combined, Heavenlys snowmaking crew has worked over 200 hours to get the mountain ready to open. Snowmaking and grooming arent necessarily the sexy improvements people like to talk about, Carrig said. But our guests will be the first to ski on quality surfaces in Tahoe and they have superior snowmaking to thank.In addition to snow surface improvements, Heavenly has also increased off-piste access, added a nighttime terrain park and the West Coasts biggest half pipe cutter, improved on-mountain signage, enhanced on-mountain dining, and is planning a four four-day party celebrating 50 years in the business. Heavenly has now spent $36 million in on-mountain capital since Vail Resorts, Inc. purchased the resort in Spring 2002.Heavenly will be offering skiing and riding in two states on some of the resorts most popular trails:  Orion's, Big Dipper and Comet, as well as the beginners area and the tubing hill at the top of the Gondola. Snow conditions on designated runs will be packed powder and machine-groomed snow. Guests will be asked to stay on designated runs only to avoid thin coverage on areas of the mountain without machine-made snow. Guests can access the mountain via the Heavenly Gondola in Heavenly Village. In addition to the Gondola, Tamarack Express, Dipper Express, Comet Express, and Big Easy lifts are all slated to operate.  Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.  4:00 p.m.  Lifts open a half-hour earlier at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  Full-service ski school, rentals, and food services will be available on the mountain as well.  Parking will be available in the parking garage at Heavenly Village or at Heavenlys California Lodge.  The resorts complimentary shuttles will be operating with service to the casino corridor, as well as from the California Lodge to Heavenly Village. Heavenly lift tickets will be specially priced starting at $59 for adults (19-64), $49 for teens (13-18), $27 for children (5-12) and $47 for seniors (65+).  Children four and under ski free.  For additional information, to book a ski vacation or for current mountain conditions, log onto http://www.skiheavenly.com or call 1-800-HEAVENLY.  Early-season package offers start as low as $100 per person, including lift tickets and lodging.   With the season getting underway, now is the perfect time to purchase or renew your Heavenly season pass. Voted the best season pass deal in Lake Tahoe, Heavenlys $319 season pass gives passholders access to Tahoes largest mountain, highest elevation, best view and most epic nightlife.About HeavenlyHeavenly Mountain Resort is a world-class destination offering guests a one-of-a-kind combination of scenic beauty and exhilarating on-snow experience. Heavenly is a subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc., the leading mountain resort operator in the United States.  In addition to Heavenly, Vail Resorts, Inc. owns and operates the Colorado mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone, and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company also holds a majority interest in Rockresorts, a luxury resort hotel company with 11 distinctive properties across the United States. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development, construction, retail leasing and management subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is http://www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is http://www.snow.com. For more information on Heavenly, please visit http://www.skiheavenly.com or call 1-800-HEAVENLY.


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