Resorts report 6 to 8 inches of new snow this afternoon
Despite a wet and slushy mix of snow at lake level this afternoon, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Kirkwood Mountain and Heavenly resorts are reporting fresh snow on their respective mountains.
As of about 2:30 this afternoon six to eight inches had fallen at Sierra and Kirkwood, with another 10 expected, according to weather service reports.
Another storm system is expected to blow into the region on Wednesday night into Thursday.
“The snow is light but sticking to our 9′ to 12′ base very nicely, setting up a perfect holiday week next week,” said Sierra spokeswoman Kirstin Cattell. The storm comes just in time for the resort’s holiday weekend plans which begin Friday. Several activities are planned beginning this weekend through New Year’s Day.
Go to http://www.sierraattahoe.com for more information.
The resort plans to open West Bowl tomorrow, Cattell said.
Meanwhile Kirkwood Mountain Resort reports 6 to 8 inches so far and as of this afternoon is coming down heavily, said spokesman Daniel Pistoresi.
“The storm is doing wonders for our coverage and guests can expect both base areas to be open this weekend with additional lifts and terrain,” he said.
Road are not a problem but chain controls are in effect so skiers and boarders should give themselves some extra time coming up the hill, he said.
Because of the recent snowfall, Kirkwood has extended its early season pass pricing for 72 hours or until the snow stops falling, Pistoresi added.
The snow is welcomed enough that the resort is calling today a “free refill day” because whatever tracks are on the ground are quickly filling with snow, Pistoresi said.
Mountain operations crews are evaluating the potential of adding Chair 10 to the mix for the upcoming weekend.
Go to http://www.kirkwood.com or to their snowphone at 877 KIRKWOOD for more information.