Final approval given for Heavenly mountain project expansion

Heavenly Ski Resort in South Lake Tahoe received final approval Thursday for its proposed Epic Discovery Project’s expansion of on-mountain summer activities.

The proposal was approved by the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board, the last agency to give a nod to the project. Earlier approval was given by the U.S. Forest Service and Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

Construction is expected to begin this summer on the expanded activities. They include zip line and tree canopy tours, an alpine coaster, a mountain bike park, multiuse trails and rope courses.

Interpretive and educational tours are also planned to teach visitors about the Lake Tahoe region’s cultural and environmental resources.

“Our permit allows Heavenly to proceed with its new summer programs while making improvements to water quality and ensuring protection of sensitive stream zones and meadows,” Patty Z. Kouyoumdjian, Lahontan’s executive officer, said in a news release.

More information about the project is available at www.epicdiscovery.com/heavenly.