The Forest Service, TRPA, and Lahontan worked to produce a joint environmental document to facilitate review of the resort’s proposed project. Heavenly operates primarily on National Forest System lands that are part of the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit under a 40-year Ski Area Special Use Permit issued by the Forest Service on May 7, 2002.
The Final Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIS/EIR) analyzed four alternatives including a no-action alternative. Alternative 2 was selected with an alternate Panorama Trail alignment. The Panorama Trail intersection would be moved closer to Boulder Lodge and would connect to the Tahoe Rim Trail and allow users to descend to Heavenly Village via the Van Sickle Trail.
New activities would include zipline and skycycle canopy tours, an alpine coaster, a disc golf course, a mountain bike park, water activities such as kayaking and paddleboarding, hiking trails, mountain excursion tours and a nature interpretation and education program. Heavenly is also proposing to create a snowcat emergency evacuation route for the gondola line.
Adventure Peak, at the top of the Gondola, would continue to serve as the primary access portal and hub for most of the proposed activities. However, the proposal would extend activities beyond Adventure Peak to provide natural resource-based recreation in the East Peak Lake Basin to the east and the Sky Meadows Basin to the west. These activities would rely on existing parking lots, restaurants and ski lifts and are located within developed areas of the resort. A combination of ski lifts, hiking trails and zip lines would link all three activity centers and all activities would be accessed using the existing Gondola from the base station at Heavenly Village.
Project work could begin in late spring 2015.
Following the publication of the legal notice in the Tahoe Daily Tribune, the project enters a 45-day objection period. For more information about the objection process, contact Matt Dickinson at 530-543-2769 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To read the draft decision and learn more about the project, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/HeavenlyEpicProject.