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Sierra Winter Storm Brings Welcomed New Blanket Of Snow For Early Season Openings


Sierra Rec Magazine – November 16, 2017 – A rainy day in the office with the right temperature outside means only one thing for the Sierra.  DUMP ALERTS are screaming off the mountains as resorts are scrambling to open more of the mountains or to get open for the first runs of the season. Mt.Rose, Mammoth, Boreal have all opened at least part of the mountains for early season skiing. However, with this winter storm moving through and expected weather trends continuing to be favorable, most mountain resorts will be opening over the next 10 days.
Mountain Updates:

Squaw Valley & Alpine Mtn

As we head into the weekend Squaw Valley, is reporting 5″ new snow overnight and still dumping up top,  is looking to open Friday with Gold Coast Run up top at 9 am and they are currently evaluating Alpine to see if this storm accumulates enough for opening The Kangaroo run over the weekend. Drop in also to help support the Squaw Alpine Foundation as they are hosting a fundraiser for the local ski teams from 9-11 in the village.  A portion of every lift ticket directly benefits the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Foundation. November 17 is also the start of Shop, Dine & Ski Free. Spend $750 between November 17 and December 25, 2017 and receive a free adult lift ticket. Guests can download our App or see what’s opening here:

Scheduled Lifts for Opening Day at Squaw Valley

Our current plan is to open Gold Coast (accessed by Funitel) from 9am-4pm on Friday, November 17. Alpine Meadows is scheduled to open Kangaroo Chair on Saturday, November 18 from 9am-4pm.

Heavenly Mountain Resort

Heavenly Mountain is also scheduled to open Friday the 17th. They received 11″ of fresh snow in last 24 hours and from our office window looks like it could still be snowing but might be a rain-snow mix this afternoon.   We could not reach their PR team today to confirm what will be open Friday but you can see on their Facebook they are busy getting ready for the first runs of the season.

Mammoth Mountain Resort

Mammoth of course opened last week and has been working the mountain getting ready for this storm and Thanksgiving weekend,  they believe they might have the entire mountain open after this storm as they have already received over 2 feet of snow up top and it is still dumping.  Heads up that Mammoth is opening a new restaurant called the Melt House at the bottom of Hemlock Run, sounds like a pretty cool place.

Boreal and Soda Springs

Boreal opened last week as well, speaking with Tucker today he said it was snowing now and they are expecting it to be a busy weekend and an epic Thanksgiving weekend on the mountain. Boreal Mountain California and Woodward Tahoe recently launched the largest solar PV system in the California ski industry. Learn more at . Soda Springs is not to be left out of the party, they have new renovations going on this season but have an epic December schedule planned Brand new this year, Soda Springs is introducing the Soda Springs Snowball Festival. Three weekends in December (Dec 1-3, Dec 8-10 and Dec 15-17) come enjoy the world’s largest cup of hot cocoa and a one-of-a-kind winter experience you won’t soon forget.

Kirkwood Ski Resort

Kirkwood Ski resort is reporting 7 inches of new powder over the last 24 hours and our forecasting another 9-13 inches today. They look to open Next Wednesday for the Thanks Giving Holiday.

Northstar Resort

Northstar looks to be opening Thanksgiving day.  They started making snow on Nov. 8th so with this storm and maybe one more by Thanksgiving, they should be in good shape for your holiday frolic.


Mt Rose

And of course Mt. Rose, our official winner for early season openings, they got another 30″ in last 24 hours and have been skiing for a couple weeks now.  Visiting Reno for the holidays? Mt. Rose could be the ticket your looking for!

Sierra at Tahoe

Well Sierra at Tahoe has not scheduled their opening yet. They are excited about the base of snow they are seeing and are having a snow festival party this weekend in Lake Tahoe called Silent Disco – SILENT DISCO /ˈsīlənt ˈdiskō/:
A surreal party experience where (usually due to noise curfews) the music is pumped through distributed wireless headphones instead of the speakers. A crazy sight to behold, even crazier to partake in. (Via Urban Dictionary)
This is the NEW Pray For Snow Party! Saturday 5pm – 10pm at the Y in Tahoe.

Diamond Peak – North Lake Tahoe

And for you who love the Diamond Peak experience in North Lake Tahoe – Looks like Dec. 15th is the date. Keep Praying for that snow.

Homewood Mountain

Homewood is looking at Dec. 8th as a target open date on the Westshore of Lake Tahoe. Still looking to work on the mountains this winter. They have a Job Fair tomorrow – Friday at 9 am at the resort.

Sugar Bowl

Unfortunately, at this time Sugar Bowl has no set opening date and we could not reach them for updates for the season. Stay tuned to their website for more details.

Photo Credit: Cover shot courtesy of Corey Rich &  SquawAlpine Resorts 2017
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