Ski resorts open early as snow blankets the Sierra

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — At least three ski resorts have opened early and several more will open this week as fresh powder blanketed parts of the Sierra on Monday following a winter-like storm.

Heavenly Mountain Resort and Northstar California will kick off the ski season six days earlier than initially planned, with both Lake Tahoe ski resorts opening Saturday. Already, Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe, Boreal Mountain Resort and Mammoth Mountain are operating lifts. Alpine Meadows opens Thursday and Squaw Valley Ski Resort will also be up and running Saturday.

The snow in the mountains is bringing business to the low lands.

Ed Beyeler co-owns MountainWest ski shop in San Francisco and told the San Francisco Chronicle that business was bustling over the weekend with skiers and boarders headed to the Sierra. Typically, the mountains and their ski resorts are barren before Thanksgiving.

Squaw Valley: Nov 25

Alpine Meadows: Dec 11

Heavenly: Nov 20

Sierra- at- Tahoe: “undetermined”

Northstar- Nov 20

Homewood: Dec 11

Diamond Peak: Dec 10

Sugar Bowl: Dec. 13 (projected)

Granlibakken: “undetermined”

Kirkwood: Nov 21

Boreal: Open

Mt. Rose: Open

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