It’s that time of year when downhill skiers are heading to whatever ski resort in Tahoe is open. It’s been a long wait since the end of last season. Who is open, and who is waiting?
There have been a couple of storms over the last three weeks that have dropped a bit of snow in the high country. It’s not nearly enough to ski on though. The good news is that the temperatures have been below freezing overnight, and the daytime temps have been cold.
The resorts that have snow making equipment pay close attention to that combination of night and day time temps. When conditions permit, the snow guns are fired up. The little bit of natural snow that has fallen is covered by the man made snow, making it possible to add quite a bit of snow to the slopes.
The goal is always to have some skiing by Thanksgiving. Sometimes, the storms come in early and pile up enough snow to keep the snow guns offline. Not this year. Snowmaking has been in full blast at several resorts for a while now.
Who is open? When are they open, and what can you ski? Check below for the open resorts, and those who are waiting for better conditions.
Heavenly is open. Currently they have 3 runs open, and Gondola is one of them. Tamarack and Bear Cave Carpet are the other two.
Mt. Rose is open, and currently running Ponderosa and Flying Jenny.
Northstar is open and as of today, Sunday, November 23, they are running six lifts with four runs open and skiable.
Boreal is open and are firing up the lights for night skiing. Currently they have 6 runs open, with 4 lifts and tows spinning.
Unless you want to go over to Mammoth, that’s it for now. Everyone else is waiting. Alpine skiers are looking forward to more terrain and more resorts to ski.
Here are the closed and waiting for conditions to improve before launching resorts. Conditions improving simply means a lot more snow.
- Sierra-at-Tahoe, waiting for improved conditions, planning on a December opening.
- Kirkwood, close, but not yet.
- Diamond Peak, hoping to open December 11.
- Soda Springs, waiting for conditions to improve.
- Sugar Bowl, planning on a November 26 opening.
- Donner Ski Ranch, waiting for conditions to improve.
- Homewood will open in December when conditions permit.
- Granlibakken will open when conditions permit.
- Alpine Meadows waiting for conditions to improve, but planning a December 12 opening.
- Squaw Valley is planning on opening November 26.
Cross country skiers will have a longer wait. Hope Valley Outdoors, Royal Gorge, Tahoe XC, Kirkwood XC are all waiting for more storms to blast in and the snow to start falling. When conditions improve, and there is enough snow to kick and glide, they will open.
In the meantime, tune up your gear, do the snow dance, with vigor, and head to the closest open resort and start tuning up your thighs for what is hoped to be a very good ski season.