PHOTOS: Mt. Rose first Tahoe-area ski resort to open for 2016-17 season
November 18, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe became the first Lake Tahoe-area ski resort to open for the 2016-17 season Friday.
The downhill resort located between Reno and Incline Village, near Lake Tahoe's North Shore, opened at about 9:30 a.m.
Due to a lack of snow this year so far, Mt. Rose was only able to provide skiing and snowboarding on four beginner trails, serviced by the Wizard quad and the Flying Jenny surface lifts on the Main Lodge side of the resort.
Strong snowmaking operations over the past several cold days aided the resort in opening.
"Mt. Rose benefits from having the highest base elevation at Lake Tahoe, so early season storms paired with cold temperatures and recent enhancements to our snowmaking system will allow us to offer some of the best early season snow surfaces in the region," Mike Pierce, director of marketing at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe, said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Boreal Mountain Resort, located off Interstate 80 west of Truckee, was scheduled to be the second regional resort to open for season at noon on Friday.
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Others are hoping to open next week and beyond.