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Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts Plan November Opening

Al Gibes / Capital Public Radio

Fresh snow blankets the Sierra early Monday, as seen from a commercial airliner flying between Las Vegas and Sacramento. The view is looking west, with Mono Lake in the foreground.

Al Gibes / Capital Public Radio

Several ski areas at Lake Tahoe plan to open this month. A check of several Sierra ski-area webcams shows fresh snow covering many slopes.

Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows reported nine-inches of fresh snow.

Melissa Matheney with Squaw Valley said the fresh snow gets people thinking about ski season. "The weekend snow kind of coated our mountain and we really have snow,” said Matheney. “We have snow on the upper mountain but we also have some snow down on the base level as well."

Snow from the recent storm helps, but it's snowmaking that ensures a November opening for many resorts, including Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.

Matheney said the investment in snowmaking machines is paying off.

"It's kind of like an insurance policy,” said Matheney. “It allows you to be able to count on having snow on the slopes. And, so with these very chilly temperatures overnight we've been making quite a bit of snow in addition to the snow that Mother Nature brought us over the weekend."

She said cooler temperatures are key for the artificial snow to stick.

Matheney said Squaw Valley plans to open November 26 and Alpine Meadows December 12.

Heavenly Mountain Resort in South Lake Tahoe plans to open for skiing November 21.

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Ed Joyce

Former All Things Considered Anchor & Reporter

Ed Joyce is a former reporter and All Things Considered news anchor at Capital Public Radio. Ed is a veteran journalist with experience in a variety of news positions across all media platforms, including radio, television, web and print.   Read Full Bio