Hopes rise at Sierra ski resorts

“The atmosphere on the ski slopes around Lake Tahoe was giddy this week as beleaguered resort operators planned their earliest opening in years, a response to November storms and cold temperatures that allowed them to supplement nature by making snow,” as the Sacramento Bee is reporting.

“Heavenly and Northstar will open Saturday – six days ahead of schedule. Alpine Meadows is getting started even sooner. Thursday’s opening comes a full four weeks earlier than planned. Boreal Mountain Resort in Nevada County and Mount Rose, across the state line in Nevada, have already begun greeting their first skiers of the season.

“It’s a sense of relief. This is what we do. This is what Tahoe is about and it’s really exciting to be able to show that off as a region,’ Liesl Kenney, spokeswoman for Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows resorts, said Wednesday. ‘We are coming off three really lean years. Now, people get to see that winter does live in Tahoe. It’s a huge lift to the spirits around here.’”

The rest of the article is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

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