Soda Springs, California. (KOLO) – Skiers’ anticipation for hitting the slopes was matched on Friday by two area resorts eager to get the season started.
“Mother nature delivered; the old man’s winter is back,” said Tucker Norred, director of marketing at Boreal Mountain in California.
“We opened for Halloween last year because there was a crazy storm that happened during that time, we had to close and reopen, but this time we are open and ready to go,” said he declared.
At Boréal, the chairlift swung into action at 9:00 a.m. and lines of winter sports enthusiasts rushed up the mountain which, for some, felt like home.
“I’m here once a week or once every two weeks,” said snowboarder James Grasty. “I just can’t wait to see what tricks I’ll learn this year and how I can progress. I feel like it’s going to be a good season. “
“Just two days ago we were buried in snow and the highways were closed, so we’re lucky,” said Kaethe Sullivan, who was at the opening with her family.
About 20% of the resort is currently open, but marketing manager Norred said the mountain top could open next weekend.
“Some cold temperatures will allow us to continue to blow some more snow and I heard a hint of an atmospheric river going by this Thanksgiving weekend, so all of these holidays are turning into big snow events for us” , did he declare.
This time, opening day landed on Veterans Day, which meant lift tickets were $25, with $5 going to charity.
While skiing is the main attraction, others will enjoy the breathtaking views.
“It’s amazing to be able to open six days earlier at Northstar and Heavenly and almost three weeks earlier at Kirkwood,” Tom Fortune, Vice President of Heavenly Ski Resort, said in an interview with KCRA.
Visitors without passes should plan to purchase tickets early, as same-day ticket sales will be limited at each station throughout the season.
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