Sierra-at-Tahoe opened on Friday, December 6. The opening day was cold, wonderful, and was well attended, according to Steve Hemphill, Director of PR at Sierra.
In a press release, Hemphill said that the resort was opening with "...very limited terrain..." and early season conditions.
Sierra relies on the snow that falls from the clouds to coat the slopes. While they have snow making capability, the preference is to augment what falls, not replace it, according to Hemphill.
The weather predictions for our slice of the Sierra center around a very cold storm that will be dropping snow from late Friday through Saturday. With every flake that falls, the mountain operations crew is out looking to open up more terrain.
From General Manager John Rice:
“Winter has yet to kick into high gear, and with limited snowmaking we rely on Mother Nature. We definitely have early season conditions on the mountain. But we know our skiers and riders are hungry to get those first couple of runs in and take a few laps through the Broadway terrain park. As we get more snow, more terrain will open.”
Hemphill says that when conditions warrant more open runs, they open them, much to the delight of the skiing and boarding crowd who call Sierra home.
With the probability of a good early season snowfall from this storm, look for more open runs at Sierra. Early season ticket prices prevail, and taking advantage of a $40 lift ticket is well worth it.