Mother Nature teases ski resorts |

Mother Nature teases ski resorts

A weekend weather system teased the hopes of eager skiers and snowboarders with patches of gray skies and ominous black clouds, but failed to deliver the goods. And according to the National Weather Service, the coming Thanksgiving week isn’t looking any better.

“On Monday we’ll see increasing clouds ahead of the next system that looks to be rather weak,” said meteorologist Ray Collins. “There is a chance of light snow by Tuesday morning continuing through the day Tuesday. But we’re not looking for any significant accumulations

“By Thanksgiving the temperatures are going to start warming up. It will be dry and warm going into the weekend,” Collins said.

Temperatures are expected to be in the 40s on Thanksgiving day, and in the upper 40s on Friday.

“It should be wonderful weather except for those people who want to ski,” Collins said.

Heavenly Ski Resort has opened three runs and four lifts. The resort reported 5 inches of fresh snow from the weekend system.

“The nice cold temperatures have allowed us to make snow literally around the clock,” said Molly Cuffe, Heavenly communication coordinator. “We’re focussing on the upper sides of the mountain, and we hope to have more terrain open by Thanksgiving.”

Cuffe said the warming trend should not affect the resort’s holiday skiing.

“As long as we can keep making snow we’ll be fine. It’s almost better for us if it doesn’t snow on Thanksgiving so it won’t keep people from coming to the mountain. It would make it an easy travel day.”

Both Sierra-at-Tahoe and Kirkwood are still scheduling a Wednesday opening date. No one was available on Sunday at either resort for comment.

At Boreal, top-to-bottom skiing and snowboarding began Saturday on 30 percent of the resort’s slopes on Donner Summit.

Boreal spokeswoman Jody Churich said 6-8 inches of snow Wednesday and another 8-10 inches of snow Friday augmented man-made snow.

”(The latest storm) set the mountain up for a great holiday weekend,” she said.

Friday’s storm prompted chain controls on Interstate 80 over Donner Summit, but caused no major traffic problems, California authorities reported.

The controls were lifted Saturday morning on I-80, Northern California’s main trans-Sierra highway.

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