RENO, NV - Just because she doesn't bring snow doesn't mean Mother Nature isn't being kind to Tahoe resorts. The recent cold temperatures have allowed them to keep their snow guns running around the clock, and skiers and riders will have a lot more terrain to play on this weekend, compared to last.
Thursday, Mt. Rose announced it would offer top-to-bottom terrain off the Northwest lift beginning Friday the 6th, and Northstar said it plans to offer the same by the weekend. Heavenly and Kirkwood are also opening up more acreage and it's all due to nearly perfect snowmaking conditions the recent cold temperatures have created.
In fact, Vail Resorts sent out this quote in a press release: “This may be the best week of around the clock snowmaking weather I can remember in a while for the first week of December,” says Forecaster Bryan Allegretto of OpenSnow.com.
The company owns the largest snowmaking system on the west coast and added that at Northstar, Heavenly and Kirkwood, those systems have been working at full-force, allowing them to continuously open more throughout the week.
And while snowmaking should get this weekend off to a good start for visitors, there is hope an incoming weather system might add to the growing bases with up to 20 inches of natural snow in the forecast by late Saturday.