Ski resorts ready fro Memorial Day riders |

Ski resorts ready fro Memorial Day riders

If your not completely ready to kick off your summer, local ski resorts are helping riders keep their heads in the snow.

Late season storms have encouraged Kirkwood and Heavenly to reopen for Memorial Day weekend.

After receiving more than eight feet of snow in April and plenty more in May, Heavenly will be opening for skiing and riding Memorial Day


This is only the second time in the history of the resort that the have re-opened after closing.

The base depths are currently ranging from three to six feet with surface conditions of spring corn snow.

The resort will be operating two lifts for skiing – Tamarack Express and Dipper Express – with 10 trails open.

Lifts will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Tickets will be specially priced at $30 for adults, $22 for children, and $28 for teens and seniors. Both 2002/03 and 2003/04 season passes are valid over the holiday weekend.

Kirkwood reported 130 inches of snow in the month of April and 30 more inches in May.

“The snow will have been setting up for weeks practically untouched,” said Kirkwood’s VP of Mountain Operations Jeff Walters.

Kirkwood will open the Cornice Express and the Solitude chair lifts.

All 02/03 and 03/04 Kirkwood passes are valid for the weekend. Ticket prices are $25 for adults, $20 for juniors and $10 for seniors and children. Passholders from other Resorts are good for a $20 lift ticket.

Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley have a number of different events planned over the Memorial Day weekend.

Alpine Meadows Ski Resort plans to hosts their annual snow golf tournament May 25. This will also be Alpine’s last day of operation.

The nine-hole course starts at the top of Summit Six chair, meanders its way down Alpine Bowl, Terry’s Return and Rock Garden, with the last holes bringing competitors back to the base lodge.

Alpine Meadows provides players with scorecards, pencils, clubs, and tennis balls – but if you’re steadfast on using a particular club from home, feel free.

The official Alpine Meadows golf pro, Rich Wrenn, will start pairs and/or foursomes. All competitors must be wearing skis or a snowboard to compete and navigate from hole to hole, but are allowed to remove one foot to drive, chip, and putt.

Winners receive season passes, golf gift certificates, and ski and snowboard gear. Golf tournament registration is free at the top of Summit Six. First come, first serve, no time limit, and no registration cut-off.

Squaw Valley will throw a pool party on May 24. The pool party takes place at High Camp with live DJ music, dancing, contests, and a beachwear fashion show.

On Sunday May 25 Squaw will host the 2nd annual Spring Schwing Snow Golf Tournament at High Camp.

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