Big Snow in California, Has Resorts Ready To Go!


Big Snow in California, Has Resorts Ready To Go!

California’s Recent Atmospheric River Has Resorts Opening Early

A light dusting of mother nature’s finest white fluff in October is not that strange. However, California has gotten absolutely buried in the past week. An “atmospheric river” pounded the state and much of the west coast since last weekend, leading to some incredible early season snow totals.

In fact two major Ikon Resorts, Palisades Tahoe, and Mammoth Mountain both got so much snow they have moved up their planned opening dates to this weekend!

Early Season Palisades Tahoe Pow Party

Thanks to recent storms, Palisades Tahoe opens Friday 10/29! Their originally scheduled opening date was not until 11/24. That’s the type of difference 43 inches of snow can make! By comparison, the resort did not hit that cumulative snow total until December 12th last season. In fact, this is only the 3rd time Palisades Tahoe has been able to open in the month of October in 72 years of operation. This is also only the third time we’ve been able to open in October in our 72 years of operation.

And it’s not just one green run going to be open. A total of 7 lifts including the aerial tram will be in operation on opening day, and will even have their terrain park ready by Saturday. They did warn that temps have warmed some since the storms. So conditions will be variable and some early season obstacles will be present, but not too shabby for October!

Wow, this does not look like your average opening day conditions at Palisades Tahoe! – Opening 10/29! (Photo Courtesy of Palisades Tahoe)

Mammoth Mountain Octsnowber Opening

Not all the early season action in California is in Lake Tahoe. A little further south in the Sierras, Mammoth Mountain welcomed October snow to a tune of 36 inches and also announced they’d be opening ahead of schedule. Originally set for 11/13, Mammoth will also start turning lifts early starting on Friday. They will be open for top to bottom skiing and riding with three lifts and the Panorama Gondola to the summit giving access to 9 runs and a small terrain park.

Spooktacular Ski Weekend

No tricks, just treats for those looking to ski and ride in California this weekend. Fresh snow, white as a ghost, ready to rip and ride this Halloween weekend. What resorts will be next to get a spookily early start to the season?

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