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Storms unload snow on Tahoe

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The snow totals at Tahoe area ski resorts are impressive. Amelia Richmond, Squaw Valley PR, on February 9, said they had "...over 4 feet, heading to 5 feet by morning." She was right.

By Monday morning, February 10, the resort reported 5 1/2 feet of new snow. Squaw was able to open new terrain on the upper and lower mountain. The snow, from skier reports, is the best it's been this season.

Other resorts report the same. New terrain opened, great snow. Sierra-at-Tahoe, Northstar, Alpine Meadows, and the rest of the Tahoe ski resorts, gleefully pitch in with the same info---it's just great skiing and riding in Tahoe right now.

The resorts that were closed yesterday due to avalanche conditions, wind, and falling trees, are open today. The weather forecast for the coming week is for snow showers, leading to another storm over the weekend.

The resorts had their work cut out for them overnight. According to Steve Hemphill, Sierra-at-Tahoe PR, there was a lot of clean-up on the trails, and a lot of shoveling to do to get ready for opening today. Hemphill said they had 6 feet of new snow at the top of the mountain.

The Ski Patrols were busy making sure that everything was ready to go on the trails. The avalanche danger was high yesterday, and considerable today, according to the Sierra Avalanche Center. At all of the resorts, skiers and riders were being told to stay inside the ropes.

Back country skiers should check the avalanche cautions prior to going out in the forest. Right now, it may be best to wait until the danger subsides out there.

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