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Lake Tahoe skiing: Mt. Rose resort plans to open Wednesday morning

Staff report

A few inches of snow is seen at the Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe resort, located between Incline Village and Reno, on Monday morning. The resort opened for the 2015-16 ski season Wednesday, Nov. 4.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe plans to open its ski resort for the 2015-16 season on Wednesday, an announcement made Monday morning as the first winter storm of the year continues to pelt the Tahoe-Truckee region with rain and wet snow.

Cold temperatures are expected to continue through the week, allowing Mt. Rose to fire up its snowmaking system to add to whatever snow eventually falls by the end of Monday, officials said, making the ski area between Reno and Incline Village, "the first Lake Tahoe area resort to open for skiing and snowboarding this season."

"… Our experienced snowmaking and operations teams are hard at work building up snow base depths so we can get the lifts turning for our guests by mid-week," Mike Pierce, director of marketing at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe, said in a statement. "Mt. Rose benefits from having the highest base elevation at Lake Tahoe, so early season storms, paired with the cold temperatures we're starting to see set us up well to offer some of the best early season snow surfaces in the region."

Open lifts will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting Wednesday, Nov. 4, according to the resort.

Mt. Rose originally projected to open on Oct. 29; however, warm temperatures through Halloween prevented that from happening.

According to the National Weather Service in Reno, the current storm is excepted to bring a foot or more of snow above 8,500 feet, with "localized amounts around 2 feet."

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Four to 7 inches of snow is forecast at around 7,000 feet, "including Echo and Donner summits," according to a winter weather advisory in effect until 10 p.m. Monday, with 1 to 3 inches possible at lake level.