Resorts gear up for holiday crowds
As many of us look forward to a relaxing holiday weekend with family, ski resorts are looking forward to what they hope will be a boisterous ski weekend.
“Our feeling here is this is going to be one of our bigger Thanksgiving weekends,” said Eric Brandt, communications director at Squaw Valley USA.
Squaw currently has 10 of its lifts open and all of its facilities.
“There’s something for almost everybody,” said Brandt about the recent storms covering most of the beginner and intermediate trails.
According to the National Weather Service two weak storms are expected to blow through the mountains before this weekend, only producing a couple of inches at the higher elevations.
Because of early snow and cool temperatures, local resorts are hoping crowds will bundle up and hit the slopes.
“We had five lifts open, Jerome Express, the Cable Car Tow, Christmas Tree, Silver Belt, and Knob Hill,” said Bill Hudson, marketing manager and Sugar Bowl Ski Resort. “The full 1,500 vertical feet is open, which is great for this time of year.”
Hudson said Sugar Bowl did some major improvements to their snowmaking capabilities, which allowed snowmaking crews to capitalize on the cold weather.
“A lot of people were saying that we had the best conditions last weekend, and I think it’s true,” said Robert Olmer, marketing director with Alpine Meadows Ski Resort. “We had pretty fabulous conditions up top.”
“Twice the number of people contacted the Chamber last weekend than the weekend before,” said Karin Pierce, spokeswoman for the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce. “Usually the ski season begins Thanksgiving weekend, but this year is an exception.”
SKI AREA CONDITIONS
— Alpine Meadows, Open
Snow phone: (800) 441-4423
— Boreal, Open
Snow phone: 436-3666
— Diamond Peak, opens Dec. 14
Snow phone: (775) 832-1177
— Donner Ski Ranch, Open
Snow phone: 426-3635
— Heavenly, Open
Snow phone: (775) 586-7000
— Homewood Mountain Resort, opens Dec. 13
Snow phone: 525-2992
— Kirkwood, Open
Snow phone: (209) 258-6000
— Mt. Rose, Open
Snow phone: (775) 849-0704
— Northstar- at- Tahoe, Open
Snow phone: 562-1010
— Sierra-at-Tahoe, Open
Snow phone: 659-7453
— Soda Springs, Open
Snow phone: 426-1010
— Squaw Valley USA, Open
Snow phone: 583-6985
— Sugar Bowl, Open
Snow phone: 426-9000
— Tahoe Donner, opening set on weather conditions
Snow phone: 587-9445
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