Winter’s knocking · Ski resorts eye early openings

The race is one in Tahoe as downhill resorts eye opening dates as early as Halloween (or earlier depending on the blessings of white gold Mother Nature may bring to the region’s higher elevation locales).


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With massive investments in snow making and infrastructure at local resorts, Mt. Rose hopes to be the first to open (the resort postponed its projected Oct. 31 opening due to conditions in an announcement on Oct. 29), but keep an eye on Boreal atop Donner Summit, which typically gets some great coverage in mid-October. The earliest opening on record for Boreal was on Oct. 5, 2009, so anything is possible.

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows won’t be far behind eyeing a Nov. 11 opening, with the trifecta of Vail Resorts – Heavenly, Kirkwood and Northstar – all opening on Nov. 18.

If you haven’t gotten your season passes, grab them now while there’s still some deals left this fall, or get a job at a local resort to snag a free pass. Check the Events calendar in this issue for upcoming job fairs.

Mt. Rose
Nov. 11 | Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows
Nov. 18 | Heavenly
Nov. 18 | Kirkwood
Nov. 18 | Northstar
Dec. 9 | Homewood



Ski festivals
Get a jump on the season at the annual SnowBomb Ski and Board Festivals in the Bay Area. SnowBomb will be at the San Jose Convention Center on Oct. 29 and 30, at San Francisco Fort Mason on Nov. 5 and 6 and at Sacramento Cal Expo Center on Nov. 12 and 13. The ski and snowboard sale features the latest in equipment at discount prices, entertainment, pro athletes, ramp show, beer and wine tastings, and complimentary lift tickets. Times for the festival are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Tickets
The BlizzardFest returns to South Lake Tahoe on Nov. 19 with its Pray for Snow Party with music, art and vendors at the Beach Retreat & Lodge to get you pumped for the season.


Shop the swaps
Get the best deals on last season’s gear, and in some case new gear, at local ski swaps, all of which benefit nonprofits.
Homewood hosts the 54th annual North Lake Tahoe Ski Swap on Oct. 22, while the Meyers Community Foundation hosts the Meyers Outdoor Gear Swap on Oct. 23.
Truckee’s up next on Nov. 5 with the 34th annual Ski & Snowboard Swap and Tahoe Cross Country’s annual swap is on Nov. 12. Check the Events calendar in this issue for details.


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