Tahoe ski resorts to open additional terrain following storm
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — With Thursday’s storm dropping anywhere from 6 to 24 inches in parts of the Tahoe Basin, area resort officials are reporting the potential to open substantial new terrain in the coming week.
“We haven’t skied this much snow in four years,” Kirkwood Mountain Resort spokesman Kevin “Coop” Cooper said. “Last year we opened on Dec. 6 with one run. It’s a night-and-day comparison.”
The mountain reported receiving 2 feet of fresh snow near the summit as a result of Thursday’s storm.
“It’s absolutely — I’m not kidding — it’s amazing,” Cooper said. “The stoke level is high.”
With another storm on the way Sunday, Dec. 13, and additional snow expected into next week, he said there was a “good chance” that Kirkwood may open its entire front side by mid-week, spanning roughly 750 acres.
Northstar California and Heavenly Mountain Resort spokeswoman Marcie Bradley said each of the Vail Resorts-owned mountains were seeing mid-season conditions that were a welcome change from recent years.
“It’s been fantastic,” Bradley said. ”Everyone is like a kid out there.”
Both Heavenly and Northstar were reporting at least 50 open slopes as of Friday, Dec. 11. OpenSnow.com reported 550 open acres at Kirkwood as of Friday.
“We have patrol out there and everyone is working hard to open more terrain,” Bradley said of their potential offerings for the weekend. “We’re opening as much terrain as possible in the safest manner possible. It’s all weather permitting. We’ll know tomorrow what will be open.”
Sierra-at-Tahoe reported receiving 16 inches from the storm.