“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.