Opening Days!

It’s hard to write this post today with the fire raging through Reno. All the wind bringing the next two storms into the Lake Tahoe region has sparked a fire that has devastated parts of southwest Reno. So while the new snow and opening resorts are exciting, it’s hard to think about having fun with all the horrible news today.

Northstar California marked the opening of their 2011-2012 ski season with five lifts open. Two of them are the gondolas to mid-mountain and the other three access terrain further up the hill. Most of the snow on the mountain  has come from their extensive snowmaking system. Check here for the cheapest lift tickets if you want to head on up there this weekend!

Vail’s other resort at Tahoe, Heavenly, was scheduled to open today but unfortunately wind kept them from doing so today. They do plan on opening this weekend as long as the weather allows it. The snow they have on the mountain is all man made and machine groomed snow from the largest snowmaking system on the west coast.

The opening of these two resorts this weekend starts the opening of all the resorts around Tahoe. By next Thursday over nine resorts in and around Lake Tahoe will be open with limited terrain for guests to ski Thanksgiving weekend. While it wont be the same as last year where most people were skiing feet of powder on Thanksgiving, it is still exciting for winter to finally be here in Tahoe.

Here is a list of all the specific resort opening dates for all the resorts along with trail maps and directions to all the resorts! Be sure to check Liftopia for the best deals too!

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