Water-Air Quality Programs
• Heavenly transports 300,000+ guests and employees each ski season on BlueGo buses and financially supports the operations of the free skier shuttles. Most of these buses utilize CNG (compressed natural gas) which is better for our sensitive Lake Tahoe environment, and saves on average 1.5 million vehicle miles traveled annually. • Heavenly currently implements and attains a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for suspended sediment on Heavenly Valley Creek. It was the first of its kind in the Lake Tahoe Basin.
• With the help of the USDA Forest Service, Heavenly has created and implemented the Ski Area Cumulative Watershed Effects Restoration Program. Each summer since the mid-1990’s, Heavenly has actively implemented remedial erosion control and re-vegetation projects to improve water quality and reduce soil erosion from ski runs and summer maintenance roads.
• Heavenly has spent three-quarters of a million dollars installing a new storm water management facility at the Boulder Lodge and parking lot.
• In the summer of 2008, Heavenly implemented Phase 3 of a multi-million dollar, three-phase storm water filtration and management project at the California Main Lodge and parking lot.
• In sum, all of Heavenly’s on-mountain watershed protection projects and storm water management help reduce nutrient and sediment loads in Lake Tahoe, thus helping us protect its world-famous clarity.
Erosion Control Programs
• In 2013 Heavenly started manufacturing pine needle wattles with recycled pine needles. In 2014 over 500 linear feet of pine needle wattles were built and implemented around the resort as temporary and permanent BMP's. (Best Management Practices) In a typical year Heavenly uses over 100 tons of pine needles on our slopes and trails for soil cover and erosion control purposes.
• Heavenly is a founding member of the California Alpine Resorts Environmental Cooperative (CAREC), an organization made up of several Sierra Nevada ski resorts and the State of California Water Resources Control Board, designed to develop, test and share information on erosion control, revegetation and water quality protection.
• Heavenly pioneered the use of water bars on its runs to help reduce soil erosion.
• In 2007, Heavenly completed a comprehensive Stream Environment Zone Restoration project on Edgewood Creek leading to enhanced sediment retention, a significant increase in riparian habitat, and additional nutrient uptake potential.
Master Plan Monitoring and Reporting
The following annual report contains environmental monitoring and reporting information required as part of the Heavenly Mountain Resort Master Plan. This report is published annually and is based on information gathered throughout the prior operating year. For more information, please call 775-586-7000.