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Boreal says hello to winter

Staff reports

Come get your turns in.

Boreal Ridge became the first Tahoe area resort to open. Halloween, Oct. 31, marked the occasion with four to five inches of man-made snow on half a run and about 50 people enjoying their first runs of the season.

By Friday, that amount was 12 to 14 inches of snow on South 40 with one lift, Claim Jumper, running.

“We were the first in California to open,” said Jody Churich, director of marketing for Boreal. “It went great, actually.”

For the first day, the snow was groomed and featured some terrain- a mailbox and a picnic table.

As of Tuesday, the snow is at 14 to 16 inches of manmade snow.

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“We’re going to be making snow at every opportunity we can get,” Churich said.

Lift ticket prices are based on how many lifts are open at the time, but for Thursday and Friday, lift tickets were $10 for kids ages 5-12, and $22 for 13 and up.

The resort received a handful of e-mails from skiers and snowboarders from the first day talking about their experiences.

“They said they’re happy and sore,” Churich said.

With the weather predictions of two feet of snow this weekend, Boreal and other resorts will likely be done with the snowmaking for the season and revel in fresh powder.