Not only are many Lake Tahoe ski resorts open for Thanksgiving day, thanks to recent snowfall and snow-making operations they are expanding terrain for both skiing and snowboarding.
There will be eight Lake Tahoe ski resorts open Thanksgiving day and one more – Homewood ski resort – will be opening on Friday.
Below is a look at the additional terrain that some resorts are offering.
Starting Thanksgiving day, Northstar will be open from top to bottom for the first time this season.
With the addition of the Comstock Express lift, the resort will be running seven lifts, providing access to 15 beginner, intermediate and advanced trails with an 18-inch base.
The eight trails expected to open on Thanksgiving include East Ridge, Delight, Dutchman, The Chute, Lower Powder Bowl, Tonini’s, Lower Grouse Alley and The Flume.
“The combination of recent snowfall and our snowmaking efforts are allowing us to open to the top of the mountain in time for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend,” said Bill Rock, Northstar’s chief operating officer. “We will continue to open more terrain as conditions permit. We’re able to offer skiers and riders access to eight more intermediate and advanced trails on the front side of the mountain starting Thursday.”
The South Lake Tahoe resort plans to open the Big Dipper trail, boosting the open terrain to 40 acres, covering almost three miles of trails. Heavenly 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.
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.
Boreal is preparing to open the Accelerator High-Speed Quad on Thanksgiving, that will provide top-to-bottom skiing and riding. The addition of Accelerator expands terrain offered during the Thanksgiving holiday.
On Thanksgiving day, Boreal will operate three lifts (Accelerator High-Speed Quad, Castle Peak Quad & Nugget Double Chair) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., providing access to as many as 6 runs. Boreal will also begin operating the Playland Tubing moving carpet and Kids Club moving carpet for children’s lessons.
“This season is off to a great start,” stated Jon Slaughter, Boreal Marketing Director. “Boreal was able to open in October, which is always our goal and now getting Accelerator open by Thanksgiving will be great for our early season success.”
The resort off Highway 88 opened 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 and provide 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.
The resort will be offering top-to-bottom skiing and riding on 3 lifts, 19 runs and 1,500 vertical.