Ski resorts gear up to open around Thanksgiving |

Ski resorts gear up to open around Thanksgiving

ALPINE MEADOWS “-Ski resort representatives from around Lake Tahoe took part in the annual winter recreation luncheon Thursday at Alpine Meadows to discuss projected opening dates and what was new with their mountains.

Following Boreal Mountain Resort opening Thursday, resorts plan to open around late November, many with new things to offer this winter.

Squaw Valley USA and North Star at Tahoe are shooting for a Nov. 22 opening date this season. Northstar representatives said the mountain has spent the offseason extending Lookout Mountain, adding 500 vertical feet and more than 100 acres of new terrain.

Anticipating a Nov. 26 opening, Alpine Meadows promoted their new Last Chair Bar and Restaurant in the Main Lodge and their new executive chef, Chris Patrick, who came from Park City, Utah, where he was the executive chef for Bistro 412.

Diamond Peak representative Kayla Anderson said they are continuing to blow snow while they await a Dec. 11 opening. With a $4 million renovation to their Base Lodge and a Private Last Tracks offer, Diamond Peak is excited to unveil their new mountain to the public.

“With Private Last Tracks, skiers and boarders can take the last chair up for the day, enjoy delicious food and wine, and then ride down freshly groomed trails to the base area,” said Anderson.

Not limited to ski resort updates, the winter recreation luncheon allowed representatives from 37 businesses and organizations the opportunity to update what was new in the Tahoe business world.

Though each spokes man or woman was excited to talk on behalf of their own company, almost everyone was pulling for a productive and fun winter, hopefully with a lot of snow.

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