Although summer can still be clearly seen in the rearview mirror, winter definitely made an appearance this week at Lake Tahoe ski resorts. Many of Tahoe’s resorts are plotting their next move, realizing this could be a repeat of last year when many ski resorts opened by Thanksgiving
Running its lifts first last year was Boreal Mountain Resort, annually the first Tahoe resort to offer skiing and snowboarding. Last season Boreal had skiers and snowboarders heading up its mountain Oct. 29. With this week’s dumping of snow measured from 18-22 inches, Boreal might open earlier this season.
“Boreal is shooting for another early opening, with Halloween always being the target. However, if we get a few more days of good snowmaking we could open even earlier,” said Jon Slaughter, Boreal’s marketing director. “Our goal is to always get guests on the hill early in the season – it’s what we are known for.”
Wanting to make sure its snowmaking capability is ready to function properly, Boreal will begin making snow on Friday (Oct. 7).
“It will allow us to test the system and blow out all the cob webs,” Slaughter said. “The forecast is calling for about a solid eight hours of snowmaking temperatures, so that should allow us to start laying down a base for the upcoming season.”
Two years ago, Boreal got going in early October, opening Oct. 9. The lifts ran for three days, shut down for three weeks, then were running for good by Halloween.
Boreal naturally has Mother Nature and its advanced snowmaking equipment to thank for its early openings. Boreal’s upgraded snow-making system added 15 new snow guns last year to provide the firepower to cover a section of its mountain with man-made snow.
Boreal is located off Interstate 80 at Donner Summit. It has a base elevation of 7,200 and is 7,700 feet at its summit.
For more information, visit borealski.com or call (530) 426-3666.
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