After last year’s miserable season, it’s good to hear that an early season pounding in the Lake Tahoe area means that opening day is coming early. According to the L.A. Times, a bunch of ski areas will start turning chairs. Northstar is open today!
–Northstar will operate four lifts and six trails, including beginner and intermediate terrain, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday. Ski schools for adults and kids, and the skating rink will open too.
–Heavenly will open with two lifts and two runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday. A third lift and the mile-long Orion trail are expected to open this weekend. Half-day beginner lessons will be available on opening day.
–On Friday, Kirkwood will open one lift and five trails, and Squaw Valley plans to open four lifts (Searchlight, Red Dog, Squaw Creek and First Venture) and four runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.