Northstar California Resort cancels Thanksgiving Day opener; other Tahoe resorts open for season
For a second time this season, Northstar California Resort has been forced to push back its anticipated opening date, this time nixing guest plans for Thanksgiving Day riding.
The resort announced on Wednesday, Nov. 22, that its anticipated 2017-18 season opening, which was scheduled for the following day, would be moved to a later date due to insufficient snow coverage on the mountain.
Northstar, which is operated by Vail Resorts Management Company, said it will announce a new season opening date on Monday, Nov. 27. The resort opened on Nov. 23 last year.
Vail Resorts Management Company’s two other local properties, Heavenly Mountain Resort and Kirkwood Mountain Resort, are both already open.
Heavenly became the first ski mountain to open on the South Shore, when it fired up lifts on Friday, Nov. 17. The resort now has four lifts and seven trails open as of Wednesday, Nov. 22, and a reported 23 inches of snowfall for the season.
Further south, Kirkwood opened its slopes to skiers and snowboarders on Wednesday, Nov 22, with Snowkirk, Solitude, Cornice Express, and The Reut chairlifts giving riders access to five open trails and roughly 350 acres of skiable terrain. The resort has reported 24 inches of snow so far this season.
“Due to the recent storms and cold temperatures for snowmaking over this past weekend, the Kirkwood mountain operations team was able to prepare the mountain for top-to-bottom skiing and riding in time for Wednesday’s opening,” said Doug Pierini, general manager of Kirkwood Mountain Resort, in a statement. “It’s an excellent start to the season and provides Lake Tahoe guests with one of the best options for skiing and riding leading into the Thanksgiving holiday.”
To start the year, the resort emphasized that guests must observe all posted signs and closures, especially during the early season. Closed trails may contain hazards due to early snow coverage. Any questions regarding uphill travel routes and mountain access should be directed to (209) 258-7444.
For the latest information on Vail Resort’s three local mountains or for lift tickets and passes, visit NorthstarCalifornia.com, SkiHeavenly.com, and Kirkwood.com.