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Skiers, snowboarders hit the slopes after big snowstorm

Tahoe Daily Tribune – January 31, 2014

Heavenly Mountain Resort received 2 feet of snow from a significant Tahoe storm this week, leading some skiers and snowboarders to take advantage of the fresh conditions Friday.

Debra Scolnick, of South Lake Tahoe, was one rider who enjoyed the gift from Mother Nature.

“It was definitely better than expected,” she said. “It was great.”

Four more trails opened at the resort Thursday — Jack’s, Double Down, Waterfall and all of High Five — bringing the total number up to 28.

There are now 16.5 miles of skiing and riding available at Heavenly, the resort reported Thursday.

But the new snow, combined with Heavenly’s extensive snowmaking system, could lead to more terrain being opened soon, said Pete Sonntag, vice president and chief operating officer.

“This weather system brought a welcome boost to our snow base, along with the temperatures that will allow us to continue making snow ourselves,” he said in a statement. “We will continue to offer superb snow surface conditions, maximizing this significant natural snowfall with our expansive grooming and snowmaking fleets.”

Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort was also celebrating the recent weather conditions by offering discounted lift tickets that are valid today. It took $1 off lift ticket prices for every inch of snow it received. To get the deal, tickets needed to be purchased by midnight Friday.

“Winter has returned to Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort,” spokesman Steve Hemphill said in an email.

Additionally, the recent snow brought news of more terrain opening at Kirkwood Mountain Resort on Friday.

Casey Blann, vice president and general manager of Kirkwood, said the weather has brought fans of powder riding to the resort.

“The energy and smiles of our guests and staff are off the charts,” he said in a press release.