Sierra resorts get some substantial snow

By: Loryll Nicolaisen, Journal staff writer
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Snow in the foothills means waist-deep fluffy white stuff in the Sierra. While Auburnites spent Monday sloshing around in the slush, mountain resorts at higher elevations took stock of some serious powder. “It’s completely white out,” Tracy Brimmer, group sales coordinator at Boreal Mountain Resort, said Monday. Brimmer said Boreal got close to 3 feet of new snow Sunday night, and that the snow kept coming down Monday. “We’ve had a couple good, smaller storms but this is the first big one,” she said. The storm helped Sugar Bowl kick its 2009-2010 season into high gear a little earlier than planned, dropping 2 feet of snow at the base and closer to 3 feet up top, said John Monson, Sugar Bowl director of sales and marketing. Monson said the resort has been open off and on since Nov. 25, but Dec. 12 was supposed to mark Sugar Bowl’s first permanent opening day of the season. “With this snow, we’re going to open permanently for the season tomorrow,” Monson said. The 2 feet of fresh powder Northstar-at-Tahoe received Sunday night was a nice boost, said Jessica VanPernis, marketing director. “It’s really light because the temperatures are so cold,” VanPernis said of the fresh snow. VanPernis said Northstar expected another much-appreciated 19 inches Monday. “We were in really good shape but obviously this helps us out,” she said. “It’s beautiful to see. It’s like a winter wonderland up here. All the trees are caked with it.”