Ridge Rider Mountain Coaster – Ultimate Adventure at Heavenly
Spend the day at Lake Tahoe Heavenly Resort, zipping through the pine trees at 8000 feet, when you visit Lake Tahoe. The Ridge Rider Mountain Coaster is new this summer. Race down the 3400 foot track reaching 55 miles per hour in a car that replicates a toboggan. Each car has handbrakes that allow the rider to limit their speed for a truly customized ride.
Also new this summer is the Skyway Canopy Tour. The Skyway Tour is a type of challenge course through the Heavenly canopy using aerial bridges and zip lines. The Skyway Canopy Tour and the Blue Streak Zip Lines must be purchased separately.
Heavenly has packaged the fun into their Epic Discovery program. The Epic Discovery program’s goal is to “learn through play” by discovering new truths about the Lake Tahoe Basin while enjoying alpine adventures. With 12 outdoor activities, Heavenly Epic Discovery is the only adventure park of its kind in the northern Sierras.
The Ultimate Adventure Pass includes all day access to the Ridge Rider Mountain Coaster, Summer Tubing, Boulder Cove Ropes Course, Black Bear Ropes Course, the Hot Shot Zip Line, Discovery Forest Ropes Course, and the Granite Peak Climbing Wall. A scenic ride on the Heavenly Gondola is also included. You must be at least 8 years old and 45 inches or taller to enjoy the activities included in the Ultimate Adventure Pass.
Never fear little ones, the Little Explorer Pass is just for you! If you are younger than 8 and under 100 pounds, this is the pass for you. The Little Explorer Pass includes a scenic Gondola ride with unlimited all-day access to the Granite Peak Climbing Wall, Red Tail Zip Line and Bear Cub Ropes Course.
In partnership with the US Forest Service, the Sierra Nevada Nature Conservatory and the League to Save Lake Tahoe, Heavenly has provided various learning stations along the Epic Discovery path. Story Stakes and Animal Abilities, feature plants and animals that thrive here in Tahoe. Pathway Stones illuminates the history of Tahoe. Epic Discovery’s learning components are a work in progress. Expect these components to come on line throughout the summer. If you would rather keep your feet firmly on the ground, the Skyline Trail is one of the most beautiful trails in the Tahoe Basin.
Tamarack Lodge at the top of Heavenly Mountain serves Barbecue meals, hand crafted drinks and a variety of delicious ice cream. You will also find a cell phone charging station at Tamarack Lodge. The Blue Mountain Café is located at the observation deck and offers a full coffee bar, snacks and smoothies.
To enjoy the fun, visit the Heavenly Gondola ticket window to purchase your package. Epic Discovery hours are June 18th – September 5th from 9 am to 5 pm. Epic Discovery will also be open September 9th – 25th, Fridays and Saturdays only, from 9 am to 5 pm. The all-day Ultimate Adventure Pass will cost you $89. The Little Explorer Pass is just $49. If you need a room, check out Harvey’s, located one block from Heavenly Gondola.
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