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Kirkwood ski resort gets 3 feet of snow; Heavenly reporting 2 1/2 feet of powder

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Two Lake Tahoe ski resorts are quite pleased with the results from the snow storm that hit the region on Friday night.

Always near or at the top of the list when it comes to seasonal snow totals in the Lake Tahoe region, it’s not surprising that Kirkwood Mountain Resort is reporting the most snow from last night’s snow storm.

The snow began Friday afternoon and kept coming steadily through the evening, dumping 24-36 inches of snow at Kirkwood ski resort, allowing the resort to open new terrain today (Dec. 7) and make plans for additional expansions in the near future.

“The quality of snow this system has produced here is amazing,” says Casey Blann, General Manager of Kirkwood ski resort. “With cold overnight temperatures and a base elevation of 7,800 feet, the snow we received is light, dry and plentiful.”

Winter also arrived in a huge way at Heavenly Mountain Resort, dumping 24-30 inches.

“This storm wasn’t expected to bring as much snow as it did to the area, and we have to thank Mother Nature for this early holiday present,” said Pete Sonntag, vice president and chief operating officer of Heavenly. “Our snowmakers have worked diligently this season to provide a terrific base, and this gift of 2.5 feet of snow really builds on what they have made. As we look toward the holiday, we’re going to be able to open additional terrain for our guests and provide top-to-bottom skiing on both the California and Nevada sides of the mountain.”

More terrain opening at Heavenly in near future
Heavenly ski resort is opening additional terrain today for skiing and snowboarding, operating Big Easy chair, accessing additional beginner terrain, and Comet Express.

Heavenly ski resort, located in Lake Tahoe’s south shore, will continue to evaluate terrain, with the expectation of significant terrain expansion in the near future. The resort’s long-term plan is opening both top-to-bottom skiing in Nevada, via Stagecoach, and top-to-bottom in California as soon as possible prior to the holiday.

Early season conditions still exists at Heavenly ski resort, and skiers and riders are encouraged to remain only on designated groomed trails.

“Heavenly’s focus on a quality snow surface has never been more apparent than this year,” Sonntag said. “The consistently cold temperatures have allowed us to make incredibly dry snow, and when paired with this much natural snow, really provides the ultimate skiing and riding experience.”

Snowy, cold storm benefits Kirkwood
This snow system has bolstered what has been an efficient week of snow making at Kirkwood ski resort. The arctic cold temperatures over the last five days have allowed the Kirkwood’s snow making team to operate at 100 percent of capacity.

“We plan to expand the open terrain at Kirkwood ski resort as we approach the holidays,” Blann said. “The slopes are in great condition and we look forward to providing the amazing experience our guests expect when they come to Kirkwood.”

Lake Tahoe ski resort openings
• Boreal Mountain: Nov. 6
• Heavenly Mountain: Nov. 23
• Northstar California: Nov. 23
• Kirkwood Mountain: Nov. 24
• Mount Rose: Nov. 27
• Squaw Valley: Nov. 27
• Sierra-at-Tahoe: Dec. 6
• Sugar Bowl: Dec. 7
• Diamond Peak: Dec. 12
• Alpine Meadows: Dec. 13
• Homewood Mountain: Dec. 13
• Tahoe Donner: Dec. 13
• Soda Springs: Dec. 13
• Donner Ski Ranch: TBA

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