Monday Dec 15 2008
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Storm means business for Sierra resorts
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
Placer County ski resorts are in high gear again as snow from Monday’s storm blankets the Sierra in a fresh layer of white stuff. Northstar Resort reported this morning that the skiing and boarding destination is open top to bottom. Jessica VanPernis, Northstar spokeswoman said the word for the day on the powdery slopes was a loud “Woo-hoo.” Northstar received 6 inches of new snow at mid-mountain and 8 inches overnight at its summit. It continued to snow heavily at noon Monday, adding to the total from the weekend storm that is approaching 15 inches in some locations, after a long, dry autumn. “It’s a great base and it’s coming just before the holidays,” VanPernis said. The timing of the storm – and a prediction from the National Weather Service of up to 18 inches by the time the system moves through the mountains – is perfect, North Lake Tahoe Resort Association tourism director Andy Chapman said. “It sets us up with a healthy snowpack for the holiday season and beyond,” Chapman said. Additional snow is expected throughout the week. Besides Northstar, lifts are running “top to bottom” at Boreal Mountain. Mount Rose-Ski Tahoe and Sugar Bowl are also open. Squaw Valley USA is open and reporting 22 inches of fresh snow. Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area in Tahoe City and Tahoe Donner Cross Country will open Tuesday.