Just like the weather, which can constantly change in the Lake Tahoe region, so can the plans of a ski resort.
Like many ski resorts in Lake Tahoe, Boreal Mountain Resort accumulated a nice batch of fresh snow the past two days, which begged the question: Will Boreal be able to pull off another October opening?
Boreal is considering opening this weekend, which would make it the first California ski resort to open for the 2013-14 season. The answer will likely come later today or Wednesday (Oct. 30).
“There’s plenty of snow up here; definitely more than a foot,” Matt Peterson, spokesman for Boreal Mountain at Donner Summit, said Monday to the Sacramento Bee. “We’re keeping our fingers crossed we might open this weekend.”
The National Weather Service is calling for snow to taper off sometime today. Overnight lows through the week are expected to range from the mid-30s to upper 40s through Friday. However, the afternoon highs are expected to be in the upper 50s to low 60s, which is good for melting snow.
On Monday morning, Boreal had more than 20 snow-making machines operating to help add to its snowpack.
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 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.
Some other announced openings for ski season include:
• Heavenly, Kirkwood, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Mount Rose: Nov. 22
• Diamond Peak: Dec. 12
• Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows: Nov. 27
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