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Resorts not waiting for snow to open

Mt. Rose boast its earliest opening in more than 60 years

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Resorts not waiting for snow to open

The projected opening dates for 10 Tahoe resorts.

The projected opening dates for 10 Tahoe resorts.

Infographic by Gabby Dodd

The projected opening dates for 10 Tahoe resorts.

Infographic by Gabby Dodd

Infographic by Gabby Dodd

The projected opening dates for 10 Tahoe resorts.

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It’s been a dry fall in the Sierra Nevada, but that’s not stopping local ski resorts from opening for the season. Mount Rose opened on October 18 this season to welcome its passholders. This is the earliest it has opened in 65 years.

Looking back at the previous winters, the 2016 ski season left riders hungry for more powder, however the following year was below par. Temperatures the week previous to Rose’s opening were in the low-20s, so the resort started making snow in preparation for a hopeful season.

Without hesitation locals and students took full advantage of discounted $20 lift tickets and got their rusty legs out from hibernating for a few warm up laps to get a small taste of the upcoming season.

“It’s honestly pretty good out here…the artificial snow isn’t bad at all,” said Anthony Garcia, an SNC junior. “It’s better than no snow and no skiing at all, so stoked to be out here. A lot of people are out here having a blast. Good vibes all around.”

Mount Rose was the first ski resort to open in the Tahoe area this year. Squaw Valley and Northstar are blowing snow in preparation for the season. Local skiers and snowboarders are hesitant, as they are unsure about the upcoming snow conditions.

“My prediction is that we are going to have an El Nino system come through so were going to have higher than average precipitation but also higher than average temperatures so the good skiing is going to be at higher altitudes this year,” said SNC junior Samir Somji. He is president of SNC’s Freeride Club. “I think the best way to get to it is to get out to backcountry and get up high.”

As people patiently wait for snow to fall, they can look forward to opening dates within the next month. Boreal opens Nov. 11, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows Nov. 16, Heavenly Nov. 16, and Northstar Nov. 23.

Diamond Peak, a local favorite in Incline Village, is only a mile away from the SNC campus. It opens Dec. 13 to locals and visitors and the resort is prepared to start making snow when temperatures drop.

“Diamond Peak is steadily preparing for our opening day. Due to the relentless work of our snowmakers we are confident in reaching our scheduled opening. The temperatures will drop soon enough, and no doubt that the natural snow will return to the region as well,” said Eric Kertzman, sales manager.

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