Snowmakers bring Sugar Bowl, Alpine Meadows to life |

Snowmakers bring Sugar Bowl, Alpine Meadows to life

Nick Cruit
Sierra Sun
Courtesy Alpine MeadowsA snowmaker at Alpine Meadows works this week in anticipation of the resort's opening on Friday.

NORTH TAHOE” Alpine Meadows and Sugar Bowl Ski Resort will welcome the season today thanks to the tireless efforts of snowmakers who have worked “round the clock” to bring both resorts their much awaited openings.

“Undoubtedly, the ‘man with the plan’ has been David Thatcher, Alpine Meadows’ snowmaking manager,” said Rachael Woods, Alpine Meadows Public Relations. “He and his team of 25 are a testament to incredible snow management and have been working ’round the clock’ to make opening day a great event.”

Skiers and riders can now limber up on loose granular at Alpine, Sugar Bowl, Sierra-at-Tahoe and Squaw Valley USA in preparation for the real snow forecast through the weekend and into early next week.

Alpine will offer groomed trails today from 9a.m. to 4 p.m. including intermediate and advanced terrain via Kangaroo Double Chair and Meadow Double Chair.

Sugar Bowl will also be opening today with skiing and riding on the Trailblazer run off the Jerome Hill Express lift.

“We concentrated our snowmaking efforts to one run so that we could guarantee a quality manmade, top-to-bottom, side-to-side trail for skiers and riders to come up and enjoy,” said John Monson, Director of Marketing and Sales at Sugar Bowl.

Lift tickets are priced at $30 for ages 13 and up and $15 for children ages 6-12.

Sugar Bowl will however be closing Monday through Thursday next week and will re-open permanently for the 08/09 season on Dec. 19.

“We’ll keep our eyes on the approaching storm and update accordingly if anything favorable changes in our plans,” said Monson.

Diamond Peak has delayed their opening day for more favorable conditions while Homewood Mountain Resort is holding out for Dec. 18.