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Sierra Ski Resorts Prep and Wait

Lake Tahoe Ca, Oct 26 2016 – A storm is coming, but the chance of snow is not certain and after the warm week that melted much of the snow that fell in the last few weeks, many of the Sierra ski resorts are on pause.
Today Mt. Rose let their ticket holders know that they will not make their intended Oct 31st opening date.

Due to the recent warmer temps, Mt. Rose will not make it’s projected Oct 31 Opening date. Mt. Rose will make snow at every possible opportunity that conditions permit. At 8260’, the high base elevation at Mt. Rose combined with our north and east facing slopes always gives us more opportunities to ramp up our snowmaking and achieve the maximum potential to blow and maintain snow.

The storm which is approaching will carry moisture late Thursday and into Friday, but temperatures at least early on don’t look to drop enough to make snow. Sunday looks like a more favorable set, however the remainder of the week will warm again.
In a post labeled “Wet Then White” Mark Fisher  at unofficial alpine does a nice job showing the conflicting reports of these coming storms.

Another system is expected Saturday night into Sunday, and this one will bring more cold air into the area. Snow levels for that system should start around 8000 feet and lower to near lake level by Sunday evening. The models are in disagreement over precipitation amounts from this one, with the GFS being the outlier. Somewhere between 1-2 inches of precipitable water will come with this system, which could translate into up to two feet of snow in the higher elevations of Tahoe.
The GFS continues to show more storms lined up for the first week of November, and if temperatures remain cold, things should start looking more like winter around the Tahoe basin. The scheduled opening for SquAlpine is now just 16 days away…  –  Mark Fisher

It is not yet clear if Boreal is using the “SnowFactory” at Woodward to produce snow already. The “SnowFactory” System can make snow in any temperature setting instead of a traditional snow gun which needs the temps to drop to 28 degrees. Boreal’s website says they got 5″ of snow last 24 hours.
Squaw Valley and Mammoth Mountain is still promoting November 11th opening dates.
Heavenly , Northstar and Kirkwood are targeting is November 18th and are promoting a huge hiring event Nov. 5th for all the Vail Resorts.
Mt. Rose will open ASAP.
For now Go explore where you can and watch the reports, ski season is going to be here soon.
Look to the North Come Sunday for Snow. Mt. Shasta is calling for several feet of snow possibly, and it will be heading south.  #fingerscrossed

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