Thursday’s ski and snowboard report for Sierra-at-Tahoe, Kirkwood and Heavenly |

Thursday’s ski and snowboard report for Sierra-at-Tahoe, Kirkwood and Heavenly

Jeff Munson

Good morning. Here is the ski report today at South Shore’s closest ski resorts, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Kirkwood Mountain Resort and Heavenly Mountain Resort. Bundle up, be kind to each other and pray for continued snow.

Sierra reports the morning chill. Overnight lows once again dipped down to the low teens. Temperatures at the base of the mountain this morning are 15 degrees and 13 at the summit. Winds remain calm. Sierra reminds skiers of the upcoming Christmas holiday festivities that begin on the Mountain Dec. 21. Santa will be on the slopes as well as his reindeer, music, snowmen and snowwomen docorating contests and more.

10 to 14 inches

Easy Rider, Nob Hill, Grandview Express, Wild Mountain Carpet are open

There are 13 trails open.

Cold this morning but warming. Layer up.

Call (530) 659-7453 for more information or log onto for the latest updates.

Kirkwood reports an early morning temperatures of 23 degrees, with calm winds and partly cloudy skies. Highs today are expected to reach 37. On its Web site this morning Kirkwood officials said it anticipates opening Chair 6 on Saturday as well as Timber Creek day lodge, Chairs 7 and 9.

The resort encourages skiers and boarders to get their season pass before prices increase on Monday.

15 to 27 inches

Three lifts are running: #1 Snowkirk, #5 Solitude and #11 The Reut

There are six trails open andfour trails groomed

Stomping Grounds is open with some features

Cross Country trails are open mid-week with 8 kilometers of machine groom track in the meadow plus 30 kilometers of snowshoe trails. The hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A Skate Ski clinic will be held on Sunday. The clinic is open to all levels of skiers. Come and learn all about the new natural movements of skate skiing. The cost for the clinic is $30 ($10 equipmental rental). Call (209) 258-7248 for reservations or more information. 

Expedition Kirkwood Kickoff Weekend with Lynsey Dyer on Saturday and Sunday. Call (209) 258-7360 for details.

For more information call the snowphone at (877) Kirkwood or log onto

The measurements are in and Heavenly Mountain Resort reports there are 3 miles of skiable terrain available, thanks to last week’s storms and an emphasis on snow-making. Heavenly says it will have California Lodge opened by this weekend. Stay tuned.

There’s no word yet on its other mountain stations and lodges. But that may chanage soon. More snow may be headed to the Lake Tahoe region by this weekend. reporting, which means great news for skiers and boarders.

Today groomers have decided Dipper as the pick choice of the day. Tree skiing remains prohibited until further notice. Lifts open at 9 a.m.

21-24 iches.

Packed powder, machine-made snow, machine-groomed snow

Continues at Olympic Downhill, Lower California Trail, Sky Chute, Ridge Run, First Ride, World Cup, East Bowl, and the tubing area.

Gondola, Tamarack Express, Comet Express, Dipper Express and two Surface lifts, Magic Carpet and Mitey Mite

Call (800) HEAVENLY or log onto for the latest updates.

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