Wednesday Nov 23 2011
Ski resorts gear up for holiday
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
Some runs open
The fire may be so delightful this Thanksgiving, but local snow-sport enthusiasts are saying, “let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.” Jack Morgan, of Colfax, is the division coordinator for the Central II region high school snowboard teams. He got a chance to check out the snowpack Wednesday at Boreal. Morgan said while he had fun, he is hoping it will snow again soon, so more runs can open up. “There wasn’t a lot to choose from. Boreal has been open, but I am yearning to get on larger slopes. I have a season pass to Northstar. They are open in a limited way. They are all the gully runs,” Morgan said. “The thing I worry about so early in the season is trashing my board.” Morgan said most skiers and snowboarders got used to the conditions last year, when there was a record-breaking amount of snow. “It’s tough because we had such an epic season last winter,” Morgan said. “It’s always fun to get in your first runs of the season. I’m not disappointed. I got what I expected.” Jackie Megnin, spokesperson for Squaw Valley USA, said the resort has about three runs open with a current base of 15 to 20 inches of snow. “It’s been a very great flow of traffic. Everyone seems stoked that they are getting their first turns in,” Megnin said. “We are expecting some snow tonight (Wednesday) and Thanksgiving, tomorrow, as well. It all depends on the weather. It’s all in the hands of mother nature.” Megnin said aside from the runs, skiers and riders could check out several other winter activities, like the ice skating rink at High Camp and the Squaw Kids Magic Carpet. The SnoVentures Activity Zone features mini-snowmobiles for kids and snow-tubing. Megnin said forecasters have predicted this season will also have higher than usual snowfall. “The forecasters are calling again for another La Nina season,” Megnin said. Bill Rock, chief operating officer at Northstar said in a press release this week that the snowmaking team would fill some gaps for mother nature. “The commitment of our snowmaking team to provide a high quality snow surface, and the investments we’ve made over the past few years to improve the efficiency of our snowmaking system are evident,” Rock said. “We’re thrilled to offer skiers and riders such a high quality product in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, with more snow and cold temperatures in the forecast.” While Morgan said he plans to stay clear of the resorts over the holiday, many other locals may head there this weekend. He said the initial snowpack is enough to satisfy eager patrons, but he’s looking forward to another good snowfall. “I think primetime is going to start after we get another 3 feet of snow,” Morgan said. “They’ve got the snow base there now.” Reach Sara Seyydin at firstname.lastname@example.org.