SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Amid California’s historic drought, most Lake Tahoe ski resorts are opening earlier than expected due to recent snowfall.
Last year, the Lake Tahoe area saw more than 17 feet of snowfall in December, but received none during other parts of the season.
Over the past week, several feet of snow have fallen in the area.
The ski lifts are moving and the slopes are almost ready.
The ski season is about to start and the load level is high according to our interlocutors.
“We rent skis and ski boots,” said Shoshana, 8, and Miri Edelstein, 6.
Yes, even Shoshana and her little sister Miri are ready for a dreadful time on the slopes. Both Boreal Mountain and Mt. Rose will open the season early on Friday, followed by Vail Resorts properties in the Sierra this weekend.
Plenty of time, said the little ones.
“Do you want to leave very soon?” We asked to which Shoshana replied, “Yeah! Um, not sure when we’re leaving. Definitely calling her soon.”
At the California Ski Company in Berkeley, custom boots are their specialty and demand is high.
“Everyone in town wants their shoes right now,” says Michel Schmale, who plans to go skiing next week.
“As soon as the weather forecaster says there’s going to be snow, it gets crazy,” said Greg Whitehouse, owner of the California Ski Company.
“Time to get those boots and get them now,” says Schmale.
“I’m excited – that’s what I live here at Boreal for. I mean opening day is when the load is highest. Everyone can’t wait to get up there all the time. ‘summer,” said Tucker Norred of Boreal Mountain.
Yes, the word in the store here, and up there on the mountain, is that there is snow and lots of snow.
The fear of disappearing – not in this building.
“But doesn’t everyone fall? said young Miri.
“We have light, fresh snow. About three to four feet of snow fell in the last storm and we actually blew five million gallons at Boreal in the last period,” Norred said.
Yes, this snow is definitely a reason to celebrate, or just to bundle up, or just to dance.
“You hang up the garlic and you dance under the full moon and you hope, and sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn’t, and this year so far we’ve been lucky,” Whitehouse said.
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