Ski areas announce tentative opening dates
October 5, 2011
Ski resorts around Lake Tahoe are basking in the recent snow fall, with some mountains reporting more than 8 inches.
With the first white stuff, comes the much anticipated announcement of opening days. Though tentative, which could mean earlier or later, the following dates have been called.
Kirkwood Mountain Resortm with 8 inches already on its snow report, is shooting for November 22, which is typical, said spokesman Michael Dalzell.
“It could be earlier if this keeps up,” he said.
Heavenly Mountain Resort is hoping to open November 18, but the date is weather and conditions dependent, said spokeswoman Elizabeth Latenser.
“Obviously, we are extremely excited about La Nina and the possibilities that brings,” she said.
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Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort received a foot of snow in some places, said Steven Hemphill, a spokesman for the resort, but they have yet to set an opening date.
“Historically, it’s been that Thanksgiving Day weekend,” he said. “But we don’t have a date set. We’re completely dependent on Mother Nature.”
Resorts on the North Shore are also reporting snow. Boreal Mountain Resort got 6 inches, according to their website. Squaw Valley USA had 6-8 inches. And Northstar’s website showed less than an inch.