The recent snow storms that swept over Tahoe have started the ski season early this year. Mt. Rose opened on November 4, with Boreal following a few days later. According to Jessica VanPernis Weaver of JVP Communications in Tahoe, Mt. Rose offered top to bottom skiing due to the snow and their snow making equipment.
Cold temperatures following the storms has allowed all the resorts to fire up their snow making equipment, adding additional snow to the slopes. The idea is to put as much snow on the slopes as possible to create a great base for the season.
The long range forecast is for more snow. The snow guns will keep blasting out snow to ensure that skiers and boarders will have good coverage while on the slopes.
Who’s open? Right now it’s Mt. Rose and Boreal. VanPernis offered more about Mt. Rose. She said the resort will also offer night skiing and riding on Friday and Saturday evenings until 7 p.m. on Show-Off, accessed by the Flying Jenny Conveyor lift. Beginning Friday, November 6, there will also be four terrain park features set up in this zone.
“The winter season is off to a great start at Mt. Rose,” said Mike Pierce, marketing director at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe. “Cold temperatures are forecast to continue through the weekend heading into the chance for more snowfall Sunday into Monday. Our team is working hard to continue to open more terrain and offer a high quality skiing and riding experience for those coming up to Mt. Rose.”
The resort is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with extended hours planned on Friday and Saturday nights until 7 p.m. Beginning Friday, November 6, lift tickets will be available for purchase for just $20 for adults, and $10 for kids ages 6 to 15. The Lodgepole Café, Timbers Bar, Repair Shop, First Timer Ski and Snowboard lessons and Equipment Rentals will also be open.
Scheduled opening dates for other resorts run from now to December. Northstar will open on November 20th, followed by Kirkwood and Heavenly on the 21st. Squaw Valley starts spinning the lifts on November 25. Alpine Meadows, Homewood, and Tahoe Donner are next on December 11th. Sugar Bowl and Sierra-at-Tahoe haven’t announced opening dates as yet.
As soon as there is enough snow all the resorts will open. Skiing this early is rare treat. The hope is that the Thanksgiving holiday will see everyone open, lots of snow, and great skiing.