by Michael J. Shapiro | November 15, 2018
Heavenly Lake Tahoe, a ski resort overlooking the lake, will open for seasonal business this weekend, weather-permitting. The Vail Resorts property will be unveiling a number of upgrades this year, including a widened transition run from California to Nevada, a Galaxy Chair triple lift, new snowmaking equipment and new guest experiences.
Groups can experience Heavenly's slopes and breathtaking views via new guided utility-task vehicle tours. The UTVs will carry passengers on routes across the Blue Sky Terrace, past a number of Instagram-worthy scenic outlooks. 
 
The resort offers nearly a dozen F&B outlets to choose from, on both sides of the California-Nevada border. Among the Nevada options are the East Peak, Stagecoach and Boulder Lodges, all with indoor and outdoor seating and views of the mountain and slopes.
 
Additionally, Vail Resorts is debuting a virtual assistant/chatbot named Emma -- the world's first digital mountain assistant, they say -- at Keystone Resort in Colorado. After a beta-testing period in which the resort company will analyze the way guests text questions to Emma, Vail plans to introduce the virtual assistant at Heavenly later this year. Among Emma's capabilities: Using "EpicMix" technology that incorporates the RFID data gleaned from passes and lift tickets, Emma will be able to tell people how far they skied on a given day.
 
Group booking information for the resort can be found here.