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Storms help Lake Tahoe resorts open more terrain ahead of holidays

A snowboarder rides a run off Chair 6 at Kirkwood Mountain Resort.

Recent storms have dumped enough snow to help Lake Tahoe resorts open a good amount of terrain ahead of the holidays.

After receiving about 4 feet of snow in the last week, mountains around the basin have many more trail options available for advanced or beginner skiers and riders.

Sierra-at-Tahoe opened its West Bowl this past weekend, Heavenly Mountain Resort has 250 acres open on the Nevada side, Kirkwood Mountain Resort opened The Wall, Northstar California is open top-to-bottom, Diamond Peak opens Thursday of next week and Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe has been churning its lifts since October.

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Sierra has 40 of its 46 runs open and that includes the West Bowl, an area of the resort that couldn't open last season until March, when the real snow finally arrived in Tahoe.

Heavenly is operating seven lifts and has 490 acres of variable terrain on the Nevada side. All chairlifts are accessed from the gondola at Heavenly Village.

Kirkwood is more than half way open, running seven lifts and has 50 trail options from double black diamond to beginner. Chairs 6 and 10 are operating exposing the entire ridgeline to skiers and snowboarders.

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Northstar has nine lifts and 36 trails on which to shred from the summit to base.

Mt. Rose has six of eight lifts open and half of its trails available.

Diamond Peak opens Thursday, Dec. 13.

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