Heavenly Mountain Resort, Calif./Nev. – October 4, 2009 – Lake Tahoe’s first winter storm rolled through the area last night, dropping four to six inches of snow on Heavenly Mountain Resort (http://www.skiheavenly.com) above 9,000 feet, and three to four inches at Lake level. Winter has definitely made an appearance at South Lake Tahoe, and skiers and snowboarders are preparing for Heavenly’s opening day which is just 47 days away, scheduled for November 20, 2009, weather and conditions permitting.

This first snow of the season signals that winter is right around the corner, with Heavenly slated to start making snow in 27 days. Heavenly season passes are on sale now for $369 at http://www.skiheavenly.com, and the Epic season pass (unlimited, unrestricted skiing or riding at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly and Arapahoe Basin) is on sale for $599 at http://www.epicpass.com.

Vail Resorts travel expert Scott Donovan advises skiers and snowboarders to “book early” for the best savings. Guests who book a two-day, two-night early-season (Nov. 29 – Dec. 15, 2009) vacation by October 30, 2009, get the third and fourth nights free. That works out to $49 per person per day for lodging and lift tickets. Some restrictions apply. Visit http://www.skiheavenly.com or call 1-800-HEAVENLY (432.8365) to get more information or to book your trip.

About Heavenly

Heavenly 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, Wyo. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties across the United States and in the Caribbean. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction 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.