Tahoe ski resorts open · Trio of winter storms heading to Tahoe

Boreal and Mt. Rose kicked off the 2016-17 winter season opening on Nov. 18 to eager crowds of skiers and snowboarders, including Tahoe Weekly’s own snow reporter Casey Glaubman, who headed to Boreal on opening day.

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Courtesy Mt. Rose

Mother Nature quickly followed with a dumping of fresh powder on Nov. 19 and 20 that saw up to 16 inches at Sugar Bowl with another 14 inches at Boreal. Northstar received 7 inches, with 9 inches at Mt. Rose, Kirkwood received 10 to 11 inches, Squaw reported 4 to 6 inches of fresh snow, with 5 to 7 inches at Alpine Meadows.

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New storms heading to Tahoe

Mother Nature is bringing in a trio of winter storms this week to keep the fun going. The National Weather Service reports that a winter storm will move into the Sierra on Tuesday evening and last into Wednesday. While this is only a weak to moderate winter storm, it will cause significant travel delays in the Sierra due to the Thanksgiving holiday and heavy traffic volume.

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Courtesy Mt. Rose

Thanksgiving Day will be mild and sunny, and then another winter storm is forecast to impact the Sierra starting Friday afternoon while will result in more travel issues with winter driving conditions likely.

The latest forecast simulations are showing a break Saturday into Sunday, with possibly a colder system expected for Sunday evening into Monday with the potential for additional snow in the Sierra and snow across western Nevada, as well, but uncertainty remains high with the details for now.

Check out the week’s travel forecast from the National Weather Service:

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Opening day at Boreal

It’s been said that the worst day of skiing is better than the best day of just about anything else.

Courtesy Casey Glaubman

Well, it was far from the worst day of skiing at Boreal Mountain Resort’s opening day on Nov. 18. The sun was shining, the snow was cold and the stoke level was at an all-time high. Hundreds of skiers jostled and maneuvered their way forward as the gates officially opened on the 2016-17 season here.

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Courtesy Casey Glaubman

Though conditions can only be described as early season on opening day, if there’s one thing Boreal learned over the recent drought years, it’s how to make the best out of any snow situation and show people a great time.

So go ahead, call in sick, make whatever justifications you need, but just make sure to get yourself up to Tahoe and to some great early season conditions.

After all, you don’t want to be the one who hasn’t even scraped off your storage wax when you’re telling stories around the Thanksgiving table.

By Casey Glaubman

 

RESORT OPENINGS & CONDITIONS

Open

  • Boreal
  • Mt. Rose
  • Soda Springs

Opens Nov. 23

  • Heavenly
  • Northstar
  • Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

Opens Nov. 25

  • Royal Gorge
  • Sugar Bowl

Opens Nov. 26

  • Kirkwood

TBD

  • Sierra-at-Tahoe

Opens Dec. 9 

  • Homewood
  • Tahoe Donner Downhill

Opens Dec. 15 

  • Diamond Peak
  • Donner Ski Ranch

Opens Dec. 19 

  • Granlibakken
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Casey Glaubman
Casey grew up on the mean streets of a quaint Victorian seaport on the Washington coast. Despite his best efforts, he eventually graduated from the University of Puget Sound, and decided to seek his fortune. Recognizing that it was important to get out and see the world, Casey made his way to that hot-bed of multiculturalism and diversity, Salt Lake City. Sadly, all good things must come to an end and one day he realized that, though beautiful and fun, Utah just wasn't enough of a theocracy. After a brief stint spent shuttling Texans down rivers over in Colorado, our hero decided to move back out West, and has been calling Lake Tahoe home ever since. These days you might find Casey dusting off his golf clubs in preparation for the summer season, petting someone else's dog at the beach or, more likely, hauling unnecessary amounts of water up a hill in a vain attempt to "get in shape to go climb mountains all summer."