Holiday Happenings: Let's Go to the Snow!
Everyone is open early! Lake Tahoe and Reno ski resorts are all reporting early openings due to large dumps of snowfall in recent weeks. According to Sierra-at-Tahoe's general manager John Rice, "The last time we opened this early was 11 years ago. A November opening is giving us a great outlook for the rest of the season."
Sierra will run three lifts and two surface lifts for now which gives beginner and intermediate skiers access to trails. As an extra benefits for the last years's 2014-15 Season passholders, folks have the first month to use up last season's passes. See www.SierraAtTahoe.com for details.
Other resorts are also launching their ski lifts earlier than usual. As a result of El Niño, Truckee's Northstar officially opened on Saturday, November 14. and eager skiers and snowboarders couldn’t be more pleased. The mountain received 7 inches of snowfall to mark the first weekend of the 2015/16 ski season. It's all happening at www.NorthstarAtTahoe.com. And at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, it is preparing for new snow terrain. The aerial tram opened for sightseeing on Nov. 21, and the Red Dog chairlift and Champs Elysees trail opened on Friday, Nov. 20. See www.squawalpine.com.
Just now, Diamond Peak, www.diamondpeak.com, just weighed on its opening date. According to its officials, "A series of El Niño-powered early-season storms, coupled with cold November temperatures have allowed us to push our Opening Day forward to Thursday, Dec. 3, weather and conditions permitting." This is its earliest opening since 1994. Diamond Peak will be open top-to-bottom with access to the Crystal Express, Lodgepole, and School House chair lifts, and potentially the Lakeview Quad if conditions permit.
There are those who like the snow, but prefer looking at it than playing in it. For for these dear folks, we have the story: Having Fun Off the Slopes-Non-Ski Activities in Tahoe.
We have been high and low around the United States, and one of the most amazing places in the country is Yellowstone National Park. Find out about this magical wonderland in: Yellowstone in Winter.
And if you want to enjoy an unusual Christmas celebration this holiday, drive on down to Solvang in December, and you will be in for weeks of celebration. See our article: Solvang's JuleTide Traditions.
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Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays!
Kathy Chin Leong