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Tahoe resorts open up the steeps

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Black diamond skiers have reason to smile after the last series of storms unloaded on Tahoe. The steeps at Tahoe ski resorts have opened up.

Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows PR team, Amelia Richmond and Melissa Brouse, in a press release on February 11, said:

"Squaw Valley opened Siberia chairlift Tuesday as well as Solitude chairlift for the first time this season. The resort is slated to open Granite Chief on Wednesday morning, as well as KT-22 and Headwall Express by this Saturday. Alpine Meadows is opening Scott chair for the first time this season on Wednesday and Lake View for Friday."

"The two resorts will have over 90 percent of their terrain open for Presidents’ Weekend, offering the most terrain and most variety in Lake Tahoe. Thanks to the new snow, both Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows now offer acclaimed big mountain terrain, wide-open groomers and gentle beginner slopes. Squaw Valley also recently opened their mountaintop beginner area, meaning that first time skiers and rides can make their first turns on easy, green runs while enjoying incredible views of Lake Tahoe and the High Sierra. By Saturday, the resorts will be running a total of 32 lifts, including 20 lifts and over 60 runs at Squaw Valley, and 12 lifts and over 45 runs at Alpine Meadows," according to Richmond and Brouse.

The opening of these legendary runs is music to the ears of advanced skiers. At long last, they can carve a few turns on some very challenging runs.

Mt. Rose said that they were able to open some of their Chute gates for the first time this season, along with the Slide Bowl. Mt. Rose offers some pretty extreme territory, with fantastic views. Save $5 on the price of your lift ticket by purchasing it online.

In addition to those additions to great skiing, Donner Ski Ranch opened up their number 1, 4, and 6, and the tubing hill. Tahoe Donner plans to open a limited number of trails on Saturday, February 15.

Sugar Bowl will open their new Crow's Peak chair on Friday, and possibly Summit by Saturday. That's what 5 feet of new snow will do for you.

At Homewood, Old Homewood Express, Ellis, and the Madden chair lifts have opened, and the Quail chair will be opened by Thursday.

Royal Gorge is open, and the report from Hope Valley Cross Country is that the trails are open, the skiing is great, and there's plenty of snow on the ground.

At Sierra-at-Tahoe, save on your lift ticket by purchasing through Liftopia. Steve Hemphill, PR at Sierra, says the conditions for the upcoming weekend are just about perfect, for every kind of skier.

The list goes on, with great deals and great snow. Check out your favorite resort's conditions and deals here:

Sierra-at-Tahoe

Kirkwood

Heavenly

Alpine Meadows

Squaw Valley

Boreal

Diamond Peak

Homewood

Northstar

Soda Springs

Sugar Bowl

Granlibakken

Mt. Rose

Tahoe Donner

Donner Ski Ranch

Hope Valley XC

Royal Gorge

Tahoe Cross Country

Camp Richardson

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