Heavenly, Kirkwood delay openings
November 20, 2008
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE “-Heavenly Mountain Resort and Kirkwood Mountain Resort had planned to open this week after a wet start to November. But a week of warm and dry weather during the middle part of the month has pushed back their opening dates to at least Thanksgiving weekend.
Heavenly, which has Lake Tahoe’s most expansive snowmaking operation, posted on its Web site on Tuesday that it will not open on Friday as previously believed. The South Shore’s largest resort will open as conditions permit.
“The forecast for the next five days calls for a cooling trend that should give us better snowmaking temperatures,” said resort spokesperson Russ Pecoraro.
Kirkwood said it will open Thanksgiving weekend, conditions permitting. Sierra-at-Tahoe hasn’t announced a tentative opening date.
With the recent high temperatures, resorts have been unable to maximize their snowmaking capabilities.