North Tahoe’s Boreal kicks off its earliest opening day on record

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 9, 2009 3:31 pm

Sierra Sun – TRUCKEE, Calif. — Whoops of joy and high five mitten slaps resounded Friday morning at the base of Boreal Mountain Resort’s Castle Peak lift on the South 40 run for the earliest opening day on record.

About 400 to 500 skiers and riders converged at the Donner Summit ski resort to snag first turns and sun-kissed corn, with temperatures in the high 50s.

Cold nights and 50 hours of snowmaking utilizing 18 of the 25 automatic fans that compose Boreal’s $1.3 million system accounted for the Friday, Oct. 9, opening.

“It’s exciting to be able to get people on the snow this early,” said Director of Mountain Operations Shaydar Edelmann.

The turnout was what Boreal officials expected — and the six- to 12-inch base was better than some expected.

Photo courtesy: Sierra Sun