Sacramento ice skating, Sierra skiing begin despite warm temperatures

A chairlift carries snowboarders on Boreal Mountain Resort’s opening day Friday.
A chairlift carries snowboarders on Boreal Mountain Resort’s opening day Friday. Boreal Mountain Resort

Despite temperatures hovering close to a spring-like 80 degrees, Sacramento-area ice rinks opened and the first Sierra resort energized a chairlift for skiers and snowboarders on Friday.

All around the region, daytime temperatures 10 to 12 degrees above normal for early November screamed snow cones, while winter enthusiasts hoped for snowfall. The abnormally warm weather is expected to continue through Veterans Day.

The National Weather Service predicts that temperatures will be 75 to 80 degrees this weekend in the Valley. The daytime high on Sunday should be 67 degrees in Sacramento, but the forecast Sunday calls for a sunny 79-degree day.

Rinks in downtown Sacramento and in the historic part of Folsom opened for business on Friday. The rink at the Roseville Galleria also opened this month.

The downtown rink at Seventh and K streets is sporting different themes on different Thursdays. Wear a shirt from the islands for Hawaiian Luau on Thursday night and get free skate rentals. Wear that ugly Christmas sweater Dec. 18 and get the same deal.

Also, there is Wednesday night’s Outward Night, hosted by Outward Magazine, featuring the annual “Drag Queens on Ice.” Sacramento drag queens attempt their best spins and perhaps even a Salchow jump.

“There is lots of good music, and it is a fun atmosphere,” said the Downtown Sacramento Partnership’s Lisa Martinez.

She said even with temperatures approaching 80 degrees this weekend, the ice will stay cold. There might be some afternoon puddles, but that melted ice refreezes at night.

Martinez noted that there is a new view for skaters this year because the rink is close to areas demolished for the new downtown arena.

“While you are skating at Seventh and K you can look right down through where the mall used to be, all the way down to Macy’s,” she said.

Boreal Mountain Resort, 7,200-foot elevation, opened its Castle Peak Quad chairlift on Friday for skiers to try spring snow in the fall.

The resort was able to open the single lift thanks to 10 inches of snowfall about a week ago and the output of snow-making machines. No snow is predicted for the weekend.

“We like to call it sunny skies and high-fives up here,” said Tess Hobbs, a Boreal spokeswoman. “But there was frost on my car this morning where I live on Donner Summit.”

On Friday, the day started with cold and firm snow in the morning, turning to softer snow as the sun warmed the mountain.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

Ice rinks

For hours, locations and cost, visit:

Sacramento: downtownsac.org

Folsom: www.folsomicerink.com

Roseville: galleriaatrosevilleonice.com