Tahoe ski resort wins final OK to expand summer attractions

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STATELINE, Nev. (AP) — Heavenly Mountain Resort on Lake Tahoe's south shore has won final approval to expand its summer attractions.

The Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board on Thursday approved the resort's plans to add zip line and tree canopy tours, an "alpine coaster," a mountain bike park, multi-use trails and rope courses.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Forest Service and Tahoe Regional Planning Agency approved the plans.

The resort hopes to boost summer visitation by 45 percent to 160,000 with its Epic Discovery program, the second large-scale summer use plan approved by the Forest Service following the 2011 passage by Congress of the Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act.

The Sierra Club opposed Heavenly's plans, saying they would increase congestion in the Tahoe basin during its busiest time of the year for tourism.

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