South Lake Tahoe, California--Just as skiers and snowboarders were beginning to get antsy, Mother Nature came through for Lake Tahoe once again and Sierra-at-Tahoe’s snow prayers were answered, allowing Sierra to announce it will open for the winter season on Friday, Dec. 2. Sierra will begin turning lifts at 10 a.m. on a 12-14 inch base at the bottom of the mountain and a 26-30 inch base at the summit of the mountain.
Sierra-at-Tahoe is planning to operate a minimum of two lifts tomorrow and will open more terrain as conditions permit. Sierra will open Easy Rider Express, Rock Garden and possibly Nob Hill on Friday, followed by Grandview on Saturday, snow conditions and weather permitting. For jib fans, Sierra will open two terrain parks on Upper Sleighride and Broadway. Reduced lift ticket rates will be in effect at $35 for adults and young adults, $29 for seniors and $10 for children. Prices are subject to increase as more terrain opens.
A winter storm watch has been issued for Lake Tahoe through this afternoon with up to two feet of snow predicted to fall in the upper elevations. Since 7 a.m., Sierra has received four to eight inches of snow and it is continuing to accumulate rapidly. Forecasts are calling for snow showers to continue through Friday and clear out by the weekend, leaving mostly clear skies with high temperatures in the forties on Saturday and Sunday.
Sierra-at-Tahoe will offer adult and child ski/snowboard lessons, rentals, and food and beverage services throughout opening weekend. The Vertical Plus center will be open to process Double Whammy passes. Those who haven’t purchased a Double Whammy pass can still take advantage of prices beginning as low as $309 for adults or purchase a Sierra three pak which allows guests to ski/ride for just $39 per day.
Sierra-at-Tahoe is located 12 miles from South Lake Tahoe on Highway 50 and is the closest major resort to Sacramento. Give the perfect gift with Sierra-at-Tahoe gift cards, available in increments ranging from $25 to $500. Those seeking further information on Sierra-at-Tahoe’s conditions can call the snow phone at (530) 659-7475 or visit SierraAtTahoe.com.