Winter has come early to the northern slopes of the Sierra Nevada – and its ski resorts have taken notice.
Popular resorts in the Lake Tahoe area have moved their opening day forward after several feet of fresh powder fell last week in a storm that began Tuesday. Palisades Tahoe in Olympic Valley reported more than 3 feet of snow on its upper trails and will now open Nov. 18 for the 2022-23 season, according to a news release.
The largest ski resort in the state, Palisades Tahoe is known for having the longest season in the Tahoe region. Skiers and snowboarders will now enjoy four additional days with the new start date, which was originally scheduled for November 22.
Chairlifts will travel to the high mountain of the resort from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, weather permitting, with the remaining terrain due to open November 22.
But it was Boreal Mountain California in Soda Springs that hosted the first season opener – putting its lifts into operation on Friday. The station operates from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Northstar, Heavenly and Kirkwood stations opened on Saturday.
The National Weather Service meteorologist said flurries will continue to fall this weekend in the Tahoe Basin, dropping another 2 to 4 inches of fresh snow on the slopes. Travelers should expect gusty winds and icy roads in the area.