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Heavenly Unveils Summer Activities Plan

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Most of Lake Tahoe's visitors come during the summertime but at Heavenly, most people come when the snow is on the ground. That's why they're putting more things in place to make the resort more of a year-round destination.

The mountain has big plans on the way, and have already a green plastic track that is used for tubing.

"It was kind of a little slippery," Brady Soffa said. "It looked like there was some snow on the green part and I don't think it's really snow."

Without snow, visits are geared towards site-seeing, hiking, or maybe a trip up the gondola for lunch. But the resort's vice president and general manager says that's about to change.

"We're talking about things like ropes courses, zip lines, canopy tours, things of that nature," Pete Sonntag said.

The zip line will go from the top of the mountain, traveling 3,000 feet across and dropping more than 500 feet. That's the same height as Seattle's Space Needle.

Officials say it will be the longest zip line in the lower 48 states.

And the infrastructure is already in place.

"We're going to spread to places of the mountain that can't currently contemplate for summer activity," Sonntag said. "It's a very ambitious plan but one that we think is really going to be a compelling one for our guests."

The goal is to capture more business from summer visitors that are already in the area, while giving them another reason to extend their stay.

"I think it's great," Tony Sonntag, La Hobra, California resident said. "The added versatility to the mountain is awesome. It's stuff for the kids, stuff for the family. It's great for us. It's awesome."

"B" Gorman is the CEO of the Tahoe Chamber and says the plans will also educate people on Tahoe's environment, while stabilizing business.

"People come in, they work for the winter or they come in and work for the summer," Gorman said. "Now, if they can see that they can have a job for both of those seasons, we're more likely to keep our middle class here and provide better employment opportunities."

Vail Resorts is spending a total of $25-million on three of it's properties, including this project.

Some say that investment will also have a trickle down effect.

"Then you also start to see lodging properties renovating and restaurants renovating and you'll start to see different retail options," Gorman said. "You'll see new recreation opportunities develop."

These activities should be available by this winter and then they have other things planned, including a mountain bikes course, which should be done by the summer of 2016.

Written by Paul Nelson
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