DONNER SUMMIT, Calif. - The cold front sweeping through Donner Summit has dropped the first measurable snow of the season at Boreal Mountain Resort, allowing the resort to fire up its snowmaking and announce a tentative opening date this Friday.
The cold temperatures are expected to remain in the region through this week, with an additional 15-20 inches forecasted.
The sub-freezing temperatures will allow snowmaking operations to begin and run at every opportunity. Pending storm totals and snowmaking conditions, Boreal is targeting to open for skiing and snowboarding for Friday, conditions permitting.
An official opening-day announcement is expected Tuesday, following an assessment of the conditions of snowmaking efforts.
The Donner Summit resort always tries to open in October. Last season, Boreal opened for skiing and riding on Oct. 28, and the earliest opening in Boreal's history was Oct. 9, in 2010.
Northstar, which reported 10 inches of new snow at the summit as of midday Monday, also announced a tentative opening of Nov. 16.
Northstar will hold a job fair on Nov. 3, offering a free hot breakfast to the first 200 applicants who show up to interview for a position.