Forest Service invites public to Ski with a Ranger

Contact(s): Public Affairs, Lisa Herron 530-543-2815

[Image]: United States Forest Service Shield.SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit invites you to Ski with a Ranger at Heavenly Mountain Resort beginning Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.  Tours begin at Tamarack Lodge, at the top of the Heavenly Gondola every Friday at 1 p.m. The tours last approximately one-hour and continue through March 27, 2020, weather permitting.  

“We are grateful for our collaboration with Heavenly Mountain Resort,” said LTBMU Forest Supervisor, Jeff Marsolais. “By partnering together, we are able to offer free interpretive programs that promote environmental literacy and public land stewardship.” 

Participants must be intermediate level skiers/boarders or above and provide their own lift ticket. No reservations are required. Attendance is on a first-come first-served basis and group size is limited to 12. Participants should meet at the top of the Heavenly Gondola outside of Tamarack Lodge.  

These free conservation education programs are offered to educate the public about the mission and role of the Forest Service in ski area management, to improve public understanding of natural resource processes and issues and to promote environmental literacy and stewardship. Programs are led by Forest Service conservation education staff and volunteers, and operate through a cooperative effort between Heavenly Mountain Resort and the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. 

Marsolais remarked, “We also wish to thank our dedicated community volunteers, who generously donate their time to help educate the skiing and riding visitors to the National Forest.”

For more information about Ski with a Ranger, contact Elisa C. Escobar at 530-543-2730, email or visit


Ranger speaks to Ski with a Ranger participants with panoramic view of Lake Tahoe in the background.


Photo caption:  The USDA Forest Service Ski with a Ranger program offers skiers and snowboarders a one of a kind a learning experience at Heavenly Mountain Resort. Photo Credit:  USDA Forest Service.

The mission of the U.S. Forest Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation's clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.

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