It’s mid-November and even though snowfall has been nearly non-existent in Northern California, some Tahoe ski resorts are using their elaborate snow-making systems to open their lifts for the season on Friday, November 16.
The lesser known Mt. Rose Ski Resort was the first resort to open its slopes on October 26, then a week later Boreal. Now, nearly three weeks later, they finally have some competition. Squaw Valley Resort, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Heavenly and Soda Springs Mountain Resort are all opening on Friday.
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Of course, the skiing will be limited with all of the resorts will simply have their beginner slopes available for use. And there is one thing all of these resorts have in common: snow making capabilities.
All the mountains have praised their round-the-clock snowmaking abilities as the reason they can open today. The larger resorts like Northstar, Heavenly and Squaw Valley have significantly invested in snowmaking in recent years, since the NorCal winters have shrunk significantly in the past 5 years.
“We have continued to invest in snowmaking technology, and we are seeing that pay off this season,” Ron Cohen, president and COO of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, said in a statement.
While the resorts are outwardly celebratory on opening day, they have an even bigger reason to celebrate. The weather forecast, according to the National Weather Service Office in Reno, shows a storm hitting the Truckee area on Wednesday, Nov. 21, bringing the chance of rain and snow showers to the region.
Winter is here, people. Winter is here.