While many of Lake Tahoe’s ski resorts are thrilled at seeing snowfall twice in the past week, Boreal Mountain Resort is taking a more pro-active approach: Boreal is making snow.
Boreal fired up 14 of its snow-making guns on Friday (Sept. 27) and if conditions warrant, Boreal could open in 30 days or less.
“Snow in September! This is awesome for us,” said a Boreal spokesperson Tess Hobbs said. “It’s great. Our crews wait for this all summer long. We’re all skiers, and to us this is the start of winter.”
A low pressure system moving across Northern California has brought reduced overnight temperatures which allowed Boreal to begin making snow to create a base for the upcoming ski and snowboard season.
Snow fell steadily and accumulated on the ground near Donner Summit on Wednesday night. Last weekend snow hit the Tahoe region by surprise and left several inches of snow on the ground at higher elevations.
Boreal is the “king” of early-season openings. A year ago, Boreal was offering skiing and snowboarding on Oct. 26.
However, for the first time in more than a decade, another Tahoe resort opened earlier. Squaw Valley ski resort in Lake Tahoe ran its lifts last fall on Oct. 25, then quickly shut them down in early afternoon.
Two years ago, Boreal opened for skiing and riding on Oct. 28. The earliest opening in Boreal’s history was Oct. 9, 2010.
Boreal, located off Interstate 80 at Donner Summit, typically starts its season with one lift for skiers and riders. And often times its hours of operation are from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.
For more information, visit www.rideboreal.com or call 530 426-3666 ext. 180.