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Tahoe Resorts Gear Up for Opening Day


November 28, 2005
Truckee/South Lake Tahoe, CA - (News Release) - There is plenty to be thankful for this week in Lake Tahoe, as everyone's snow prayers were finally answered over the holiday weekend. Four to six inches of snow fell on Nov. 25, followed by temperatures dipping into the teens over the weekend which kept the snow in pristine condition for round two of the Sierra storm cycle, which hit Lake Tahoe this morning.

Snow has been falling steadily at both Northstar and Sierra since 7 a.m. Monday, Nov. 28. Currently, Sierra is reporting six to eight inches of new snow, and Northstar is reporting four to six inches. The snow showers are showing no sign of letting up anytime soon and forecasters have issued a winter storm warning through tomorrow morning with accumulations of up to 2-3 feet predicted to fall Monday and Tuesday, Nov 28 and 29.

The natural snowfall, combined with ideal snowmaking conditions, has allowed Northstar to announce this Wednesday, Nov. 30, as its projected opening day. If all goes as planned, Northstar will open with the Gondola (transportation only), the Arrow chairlift, the Bearpaw chairlift and one magic carpet lift in operation. The goal is to open Comstock Express by this weekend.

On the night of Nov. 25, Squaw Valley received 4-6 on top and 2-3 on the bottom, and over the next couple of days temperatures plummeted.  Turning on Squaw Valley Rd., at last, we looked up at our mountain and saw it beautifully filled in.  It's coming, we told ourselves, it's almost here.  With a winter storm advisory in effect and snow in the forecast for the next couple weeks, Squaw is confident in declaring opening day Saturday, Dec. 3.  On this day we can open with ample snow, good early season conditions, and something to be proud of.  The storm windows are open, are you ready?

Sierra-at-Tahoe's mountain operations staff is assessing the conditions on a daily basis and will announce an opening date as soon as conditions permit. For the most updated information, visit www.SierraAtTahoe.com or call the Sierra snow phone at (530) 659-7475.

Double Whammy season passes are still on sale for the 2005-06 winter season with prices beginning at just $309 for an adult pass to ride two of Tahoe's best resorts all season long. To purchase your pass today, go to: www.DoubleWhammyPass.com.

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