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Thanks to heavy storm, powder skiing continues today at Lake Tahoe ski resorts

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Although the snow has subsided today (Dec. 8), it was dropping quite a bit Saturday at Lake Tahoe ski resorts.

Sierra-at-Tahoe ski resort reported 14 inches of new snow Saturday. Squaw Valley ski resort got 7 inches, Northstar California got 5-8 inches, and Kirkwood ski resort had 4-6 inches and 3 feet of snow overall from the storm, which began Friday evening.

Many Lake Tahoe ski resorts are reporting daytime temperatures in the single digits and on Saturday night they went into sub-zero in most places.

But there probably aren’t too many skiers or snowboarders complaining about the unseasonably low temperatures. That’s because they were skiing or riding in powder this weekend at their favorite Lake Tahoe ski resort.

Northstar opens Backside
Northstar ski resort now has eight lifts open, accessing 25 trails, and opened the Backside area as well.

“Our snowmakers have been working around the clock for the past couple of weeks to build a phenomenal base and that really gave us a head start, allowing us to fully enjoy this incredible snow,” said Bill Rock, vice president and chief operating officer of Northstar. “The snow is cold, dry, light and it just keeps coming. The additional natural snow and our snowmaking efforts allowed us to open some of our guests’ favorite terrain including the Backside.”

Squaw opening more terrain
At Squaw Valley ski resort, the conditions naturally keep getting better as well. Squaw Valley ski resort has 11 lifts and 13 trails available today. Off the hill, families can enjoy snow tubing, mini snowmobiles, mountaintop ice skating, and scenic tram rides to the top of the mountain.

“The nearly two feet of snow that we’ve received has allowed us to open substantially more terrain, including the much-anticipated opening of the Squaw Creek chairlift (Saturday),” said Cara Whitley, chief marketing officer for Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.

Big weekend at Boreal
Boreal ski resort is also having a snowy weekend. The ski resort off Interstate 80 reported 3 inches of snow on Saturday and 33 overall from the storm.

Below is the Snow Report for Sunday.

BOREAL
New Snow: 3"
Snow depth: 34"
Location: Interstate 80 at Donner Summit
Website: www.rideboreal.com
HEAVENLY
New Snow: 1"
Base snow depth: 29"
Location: Ski Run Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe
Website: www.skiheavenly.com
KIRKWOOD
New Snow: 4-6"
Snow depth: 18-36"
Location: Highway 88 in Kirkwood
Website: www.kirkwood.com
MT. ROSE
New Snow: 0
Snow depth: 16-24"
Location: Mt. Rose Highway in Reno
Website: www.skirose.com
NORTHSTAR CALIFORNIA
New Snow: 5-8"
Snow depth: 25-30"
Location: Highway 267 near Truckee
Website: www.NorthstarCalifornia.com
SIERRA-AT-TAHOE
New Snow: 14"
Snow depth: 32"
Location: Highway 50, 12 miles west of South Lake Tahoe
Website: www.sierraattahoe.com
SQUAW VALLEY
New Snow: 7"
Snow depth: 23-29"
Location: Highway 89, six miles from Tahoe City
Website: www.squaw.com
SUGAR BOWL
New Snow: 3-5"
Snow depth: 42"
Location: Interstate 80, Norden exit
Website: www.sugarbowl.com

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