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2 feet of snow early Christmas present for Tahoe resorts

by Kevin MacMillan

Scheduled Lake Tahoe Ski Area opening dates

Alpine Meadows: Dec. 12

Boreal Mountain Resort: Open

Diamond Peak Ski Resort: Dec. 11

Donner Ski Ranch: Conditions permitting

Granlibakken Tahoe: Conditions permitting

Heavenly Mountain Resort: Open

Homewood Mountain Resort: Dec. 12

Kirkwood Mountain Resort: Conditions permitting

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe: Open

Northstar California: Open

Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort: Conditions permitting

Soda Springs: Conditions permitting

Squaw Valley: Open

Sugar Bowl Resort: Dec. 6

Tahoe Donner: Conditions permitting

Ski resorts are rejoicing after a moderate winter storm dumped roughly 2 feet of snow this week at high elevation areas throughout the region.

As of Thursday morning, Northstar California was reporting 19 inches of new snow the past 48 hours at its upper-mountain elevation of 8,300 feet.

The resort reported 31 inches of snow at upper mountain the past six days, allowing it to open 12 additional trails Thursday.

“We’re thrilled with the new snow and by how many additional trails it’s allowed Northstar to open for our guests,” Beth Howard, vice president and general manager of Northstar, said in a statement.

“Conditions are great and with additional snow forecast, skiers and riders can look forward to a fantastic experience as we approach the holidays.” 

On Thursday morning, Squaw Valley reported nearly two feet of snow since Tuesday, and 33 inches over the past week at its higher-elevation peaks (around 9,000 feet).

At Donner Summit, Sugar Bowl Resort reported 23 inches of new snow at its summit of 8,383 feet.

The snowfall will allow the resort to open this Saturday — marking its 75th anniversary season. Sugar Bowl will operate three lifts and offer top-to-bottom skiing on Mt. Lincoln Saturday and Sunday.

“The resort plans to temporarily close from Monday, Dec. 8, to Friday, Dec. 12, re-opening for the season on Dec. 13 with full seven-day-a-week operations,” resort officials said in a statement.

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe, north of Incline Village, reported more than 18 inches of new snow since Tuesday, allowing the resort to open the Northwest Magnum 6 chair, providing access to the top of the mountain for the first time this season.

Current snow depths at the base area of 8,260 feet are between 15 and 27 inches.

“This storm has been the good old-fashioned Sierra storm we’ve been waiting for — one that helps to build a fantastic base that will keep our guests skiing and riding all season long,” Mike Pierce, director of marketing at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe, said in a statement.

On the South Shore, Heavenly Mountain Resort reported 14 inches from the storm, with its highest elevation at 10,067 feet, and 20 inches the past week.

“We began making snow on Big Dipper a week ago, and this storm brought us that last little bit we needed to be able to open it to guests,” Pete Sonntag, vice president and COO of Heavenly, said in a statement Thursday.

“We opened it mid-day on Wednesday, and guests were very eager to get out there and get fresh powder on the ungroomed run.”

While the storm brought wet snow up top, it provided mostly rain a lake level and along the low-elevation streets in Truckee.

According to the National Weather Service, it’s expected to rain off and on at lake level for the next several days, with wet snow above 7,000 feet, although significant coverage is unlikely.