With more than two feet of snow falling in recent days and millions of dollars of snowmaking equipment pumping out the white stuff, North Lake Tahoe ski resorts are opening earlier than anticipated.
You know what that means… it’s going to be a white Thanksgiving! Resorts are open for business, making for a great way to celebrate the holidays.
Boreal Mountain Resort, located on Donner Summit, is open with two lifts, three runs and one terrain park with eight features. To date, the resort has welcomed 39 to 49 inches of snowfall.
Northstar California opened yesterday, November 14, with an 18-inch base, five lifts operating and seven beginner and intermediate trails. The resort also offers a terrain park with nine features along with ice -skating in the Village at Northstar. Northstar anticipates opening more terrain by Thanksgiving as snowstorms are in the weekend forecast.
Squaw Valley will open Friday, November 16 – six days earlier than expected. The resort will expand operations for the Thanksgiving holiday to include additional terrain, aerial tram rides and SnoVentures operations, such as snowtubing and mini snowmobile rides for children.
On Donner Summit, Sugar Bowl Ski Resort will open the weekend of November 17-18 with three lifts, 12 to 15 runs and 1,500 feet of vertical. The resort will close November 19-21 and then reopen on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22, for the holiday.
Cross-country options are also available over the long holiday weekend as Tahoe Cross Country Ski Resort in Tahoe City is scheduled to open Saturday, November 24.
Diamond Peak Ski Resort plans to open Thursday, December 13, but is considering a possible Thursday, December 6 opening due to recent snowfall.
On the West Shore, Homewood Mountain Resort is scheduled to open Friday, December 14, but may up the date due to incoming snowstorms.
Granlibakken Resort, just outside of Tahoe City, plans to open their beginner ski hill Sunday, December 16 with two surface lifts. To date, the resort has received 18 inches of snowfall. If this weekend’s storm pays off, Granlibakken will open their sledding area early – Wednesday, November 21 – instead of December 16. Visitors can also try the ropes and zip course, Treetop Adventure Park, which is open weekends, holidays and midweek for families and groups of 10 or more throughout the winter.
Many ski resorts’ opening dates are to be determined, including Donner Ski Ranch, Mt. Rose – Ski Tahoe, Royal Gorge Cross Country, Soda Springs and Tahoe Donner Cross Country.