Ski season begins in the Sierra |

Ski season begins in the Sierra

Emma Garrard/Sierra Sun

Ski season in the Sierra has officially kicked off with two mountains now partially open and Heavenly Mountain Resort planning for a possible Friday start.

“Right now, our goal is to open when we have quality and durable snow surfaces,” said Heavenly spokesman Russ Pecoraro. “We’re not going to open until we have those surfaces. … The way we see it, we’re just a few good snowmaking nights away, and the snowmakers are ready to go as soon as the temperatures allow.”

About 70 guns have worked about 30 hours making snow on the mountain, setting layer upon layer to get a good base going, he said. Thursday and Friday will be key as colder weather and another storm system are set to approach the Sierra.

“We will keep an eye on the weather forecast, and hopefully it will cooperate,” Pecoraro said. “Right now, the posted date is Nov. 16. We will need some help from Mother Nature to get there. The good news is snowmakers are ready to go, and the moment the temperatures drop, we’re on it.”

When Heavenly opens, access through the Gondola will accommodate the Tamarack, Comet and Dipper runs. Last year, Heavenly opened the day before Thanksgiving.

Meanwhile, other ski resorts claimed bragging rights as the first resorts to open. Mammoth Mountain in the southern Sierra opened last week, and Boreal Mountain opened this week.

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