Heavenly Opens for Summer Gondola Sightseeing and Family Adventure

Heavenly Mountain Resort (www.skiheavenly.com) is taking the classic family summer vacation to new heights – 9,156 feet to be exact. The Heavenly Gondola opens for sightseeing and adventure activities – including the Heavenly Flyer zip line cable ride – for the summer months beginning Friday, June 12, 2009. The Heavenly Gondola is a must-do summer family attraction in Lake Tahoe, providing picture perfect views every family will want to share with friends and family.

"Summer in South Lake Tahoe is very special. The weather is typically sunny and warm and the views are absolutely amazing," said John Wagnon, Heavenly's vice president of marketing. "Lake Tahoe is one of California's iconic vacation spots and there's no better panoramic view of Lake Tahoe than the view from the Gondola observation deck and the activities at the top of the gondola provide fun for the entire family."

The Heavenly Gondola will operate June 12 through September 7 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. for sightseeing. Throughout the summer the Adventure Peak activities area will operate the Heavenly Flyer zip line ride, the Spider Climber and the multi-level climbing wall from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Three hiking trails will be open daily, weather permitting, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. A hiking map with trail length and difficulty can be picked-up on site. Dining choices will include Café Blue, serving hot beverages, drinks and light snacks on the observation deck, the full-service Adventure Peak BBQ and the Umbrella Bar at the top of the Gondola; all open daily from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The Heavenly Flyer ZipRider cable ride at Adventure Peak is the world's most scenic adventure ride. At 3,300 feet long, it is the longest zip line in the continental U.S. Guests can soak in sweeping views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada Mountains while they zoom at speeds up to 50-miles-per-hour. The elevated zip line carries flyers a hundred feet above the ground on an 80-second heart-pounding ride from the Launch Pad at the top of Tamarack Express to the Landing Zone just beyond the Gondola station, a vertical drop of 525 feet (roughly the same height as the Space Needle).

The Heavenly Flyer will operate throughout the summer from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. with rides beginning on the half-hour and hour. Flyers must check in at Mission Control, located at the top of the Heavenly Gondola, at least 30 minutes prior to their scheduled flight time. Tickets can be purchased in advance at 1-800-HEAVENLY, at the ticket windows at the base of the Gondola or the Adventure Peak Sales Booth located next to the Umbrella Bar at the top of the Gondola. Rides are $40 plus the cost of a Heavenly Gondola sightseeing ticket (adults $30).

For more information on Heavenly check out www.skiheavenly.com.