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Squaw opens for season; J.T. Holmes jumps from cable car

Ryan Slabaugh
Sierra Sun
Ryan Slabaugh/Sierra SunJ.T. Holmes's parachute begins to open after he jumps from the cable car Saturday afternoon at Squaw.

OLYMPIC VALLY, Calif. and#8212; Hundreds of skiers and snowboarders enjoyed a few inches of new snow and one guy crazy enough to parachute from the famous Squaw Valley USA tram during the mountain’s opening day on Saturday.

After a champagne toast celebrating the resort’s 60th anniversary, J.T. Holmes, friend of the late Squaw big-mountain legend Shane McConkey, jumped from the top of the tram car, opened his parachute and within seconds landed safely in the village.

Northstar-at-Tahoe and also opened on Saturday, both resorts benefiting from Friday’s snowstorm, which brought up to 15 inches of snow to the Sierra Nevada and smiles to the faces of skiers and snowboarders.

Around the basin, Boreal Mountain Resort atop Donner Summit reported 12 to 15 inches of new snow, while Alpine Meadows just north of Lake Tahoe reported 8 to 10 inches of new snow. Boreal and Mt. Rose had opened earlier this season.

They will be open daily with limited operations until they receive more snow.

and#8212; The Associated Press contributed to this report.