Tahoe ski resorts are gearing up for the first turns of the season, with a powdery gift from this week's wet storm.
While most resorts are sticking with their scheduled opening the week before Thanksgiving, Boreal Mountain Resort in Soda Springs will open its slopes for the season on Friday. Squaw Valley is celebrating its new snow Thursday with a special one-day "Welcome Winter Fundraiser" to raise money for the Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows Teams Foundation.
"With the excitement of this abundant first snowfall we want to give our customers a taste of winter," said Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.
Squaw Valley will run its Searchlight chairlift Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for skiing and riding. All proceeds of the $20 lift tickets will go to the foundation, which gives financial assistance to young snow sports athletes.
The storm, which began late Sunday night, dumped 28 inches of the white stuff at Squaw Valley, with another 6 to 9 inches expected through Thursday, said Jenny Kendrick, spokesperson for the resort. That brings the new snow total to more than 3 feet, she said.
Kendrick said Thursday's event marks the earliest date Squaw Valley has opened the mountain to skiers and riders on record, dating to 1960.
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