Western Skiers, Snowboarders Get an Early Start


Western Skiers, Snowboarders Get an Early Start

By Burt Carey

With snow-making machines roaring to life and storms dropping temperatures and precipitation, winter ski and snowboard enthusiasts are set to hit the slopes before Thanksgiving at resorts from California to Colorado.

Ready to handle those tens of thousands of visitors is Vail Resorts, Inc., and its subsidiaries. Vail Resorts has nine world-class mountain resorts and
Skiing, Snowboarding, Colorado, California, El Niño, world-class powder, 2015-16 season, Snow Funtwo urban ski areas, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Perisher in Australia; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan. The Company owns and/or manages a collection of casually elegant hotels under the RockResorts brand, as well as the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Vail’s resorts in California, Nevada and Colorado are preparing for openings as early as Nov. 6 and no later than Nov. 25, following several inches of snow falling from recent storms, and temperatures that make it possible to run snow-making machines.

Late in October the resort reported storms that dropped two to five inches of new snow, with weekly totals ranging from nine to 17 inches at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone. Additional snow and cold temperatures are forecast for the approaching week, which offer conditions suitable for snowmaking.

“Colorado’s four major resorts are ready for an incredible season,” said Pat Campbell, president of Vail Resorts Mountain Division. “Cold temperatures and the onset of our first two winter storms have been timely; with additional snowfall forecast, we anticipate great opening days,” she said. Keystone is scheduled to open Nov. 6, followed by Breckenridge Nov. 13, Vail on Nov. 20 and Beaver Creek opens Nov. 25.

Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone collectively offer winter enthusiasts the best of Colorado’s skiing and riding, accommodations, dining, shopping, entertainment and activities. With more than 13,000 acres of combined skiable terrain across more than 650 trails, the four resorts offer unprecedented access to the slopes.

For current snow and weather conditions, additional information or to plan a vacation, visit Vail.com, BeaverCreek.com, Breckenridge.com and KeystoneResort.com.

Lake Tahoe’s Heavenly Mountain Resort, Northstar California Resort and Kirkwood Mountain Resort have already received significant snow from early season storms hitting the Sierra, with up to two feet at 8,000 feet.  Regional temperatures are forecasted to be well below average, offering ideal conditions to power up snow blowers at all three locations. Temperatures are expected to remain cold throughout the extended forecast period.

“It’s snowing in Tahoe and the temperatures are dropping so we are putting our legendary snowmaking system to work as we prepare to kick off an extraordinary 2015-16 season,” said Pete Sonntag, Tahoe region vice president and chief operating officer. “Signs of El Niño are popping up across the Sierra and we’re pulling out all the stops to provide our guests with the best early season snow conditions.”

With the West Coast’s most sophisticated, state-of-the-art snowmaking systems, Heavenly and Northstar ensure Tahoe’s most consistent and reliable snow surfaces. Coupled with its own snowmaking crew, Kirkwood’s undisputed reputation for snow depth and accumulation translates to world-class powder and the highly acclaimed big-mountain experience.

Heavenly and Northstar are slated to open for the 2015-16 season Nov. 20, and Kirkwood is scheduled to open Nov. 21. For the best prices of the season on all Tahoe passes and for more information on pass holder benefits, go online to www.snow.com.

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Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

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