Already know what you’re thankful for this Thanksgiving? Well add another awesome gift to that list as three Tahoe ski resorts, weather permitting, will open up additional terrain to the public for the holiday weekend!
With up to 30-inches of new snow accumulating over the weekend and cold temperatures allowing the largest snowmaking systems on the West Coast to continue operation, Heavenly Mountain Resort, Northstar California Resort and Kirkwood Mountain Resort are evaluating conditions and plan to open additional terrain heading into the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
With more than 30-inches of natural snow Kirkwood has received since Friday, the resort plans to open Chair 6 (Cornice Express) on Wednesday with the possibility of Chair 1 (Snowkirk) opening for the holiday weekend. Chair 8, the Red Cliffs handle tow, will also be open providing access to beginner terrain. With top-to-bottom skiing, accessing almost 80 acres, Kirkwood offers the most open terrain of any resort at Lake Tahoe and for all ability levels.
With an 18-inch base and wall-to-wall coverage on open trails, Northstar plans to offer skiing and riding from the top of the mountain for the holiday weekend, with the Comstock Express lift expected to open. The resort already provides access to beginner and intermediate terrain and more than a dozen terrain park features accessed by five lifts. The addition of the Comstock Express lift will give skiers and riders access to the East Ridge ski trail and more intermediate and advanced terrain on the front side of the mountain. Exact trail openings will be announced in the coming days.
At Heavenly, plans are to open Big Dipper trail, boosting the open terrain to 40 acres, covering almost three miles of trails. The resort also plans to expand to Comet trail and Comet Express in the very near future, as conditions permit. The left side of California Trail will continue to offer a designated terrain park area that features jumps, rails and boxes. Heavenly’s Ski and Ride School will operate one magic carpet at the top of the Gondola for children and is offering beginner lessons for all ages out of the Gondola Ski and Ride office. Gondola sightseeing tickets are still being offered for those interested in taking in the view at the Mid-station Observation Deck and warming up with a hot meal inside Tamarack Lodge.