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Skiing before Halloween? A Tahoe resort is ready to kick off the season Friday

An employee testing out the first slope to open at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe. The trail will be open on Oct. 27 and 28, 2017.
An employee testing out the first slope to open at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe. The trail will be open on Oct. 27 and 28, 2017.

As Sacramento’s temperature hits 85, one Tahoe resort is offering some cold-weather fun.

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe is opening one ski trail this weekend, the first Lake Tahoe-area resort to run a chairlift this season. On Friday and Saturday, the resort will offer skiing and snowboarding on a beginner trail from 8 a.m. to noon for $20 lift tickets. The early teaser comes after an usually long ’16-’17 ski season.

No equipment rental or ski lessons will be available, according to a resort press release. Children under 16 get tickets for $10. The Lodgepole Cafe and Timbers Bar will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days.

The resort is in Nevada, about 25 minutes from Reno. Marketing director Mike Pierce said in a statement that the resort’s high base elevation made it possible to create and stockpile snow.

“At 8,260 (feet), Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe has the highest base area elevation at Lake Tahoe, so cold early season overnight temperatures have allowed our snowmaking team to work their magic over the last week,” Pierce said. “As conditions permit, and with Mother Nature’s help, we will continue to make snow and open more terrain and really get the season underway in the coming weeks.”

The resort will close again after Saturday, but as they’re able to make more snow, they’ll open more terrain as quickly as possible, Pierce said.

The National Weather Service predicts temperatures in the lower 60s at 8,000 feet for Friday and Saturday, said weather service meteorologist Cory Mueller. Heading into the next week, temperatures will drop into the mid-50s, he said. No natural snow is predicted for the area.

“The next week looks dry yet,” Mueller said.

Two resorts stayed open late into the summer months this year – Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows closed July 15 and Mammoth Mountain made it to Aug. 6. Both resorts had been open for skiing for more than 200 days.

Mt. Rose was open through Memorial Day. This season, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows opens Nov. 17 and Mammoth Mountain opens Nov. 9.

Ellen Garrison: 916-321-1920, @EllenGarrison

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