Perfect Storm Swings Ski Resort Doors Open

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    NEWSLETTERS

    David Bienick/KCRA
    Skier and snowboarders could not be happier with the Tahoe forecast.

    This weekend a powerful storm powered its way through the Sierra leaving more thansix feet of new snow at the higher elevations. Another two feet is expected to fall by tomorrow night, and to top it off skies are supposed to clear just in time for a sunny holiday weekend.

    That news has ski resorts in Tahoe ramping up those lift chairs. Several are already open, with the rest powering forward to get open by the holiday weekend.  No snow making machines needed.

    More Rain & "Air Canada" Arriving Soon...

    [BAY] More Rain & "Air Canada" Arriving Soon...
    As we wait for our next round of widespread rain - we'll manage some sunny skies with a few scattered showers at times for today and highs only in the mid 50s. Expect rain to fill in again later tonight into the first half of Tuesday from a very chilly system moving down the coast. Snow levels may dip to near 2,000-2,500 in spots around the North Bay early Tuesday morning.Some very cold, dry air will filter in behind this system that will set the stage for some frosty and possibly icy starts to the mornings around midweek.A key factor in just how cold things get is if the winds back off enough on Wednesday morning. More wind = slightly more mild temperatures (think upper 30s to 40s instead of 20s and 30s). Its a good bet we'll at least see some frost/freeze advisories Wednesday and Thursday mornings. This could cause some issues for the getaway travel drive/fly on Wednesday morning. Use caution driving before 9am as temps will certainly be cold enough to support some patchy ice in spots. Our overnight temps should trend a bit more mild as more clouds return heading into the weekend with our next chance of rain looks to arrive around Saturday.- Rob Mayeda

    North Lake Tahoe Resort Association Tourism Director Andy Chapman called it "the perfect storm."

    "It came in fast, dropped a ton of snow, setting us up with superior snow conditions and skiing for the holiday weekend. Skiing and boarding at Thanksgiving is what Lake Tahoe is all about," Chapman said.

    Here's who is up and running already:

    • Heavenly
    • Boreal Mountain Resort
    • Mt. Rose
    • Ski Tahoe
    • Northstar-at-Tahoe
    • Squaw Valley USA.

    Bear Valley announced Monday it will open Friday and they will sell lift tickets half off. 

    Alpine Meadows will also open Friday. Alpine says it received 56-inches of new snow at its base lodge (elevation 6835’) and 77-inches at mid-mountain (elevation 7500’). They say that already made the November 2010 snow accumulation the largest for the month in more than a decade.  And  more snow is in the forecast.

    Tahoe snow mobile companies are opening early as well.  Zephyr Cove resort will be up and running it's motorcycle on snow starting Dec. 1.