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Tahoe Nugget #156

Tahoe Basin: Fall into Winter
Nov. 15, 2008

Last week the first snowstorm of the season brought just enough snow for a few days of backcountry skiing, boarding and snowshoeing.

Mammoth Mountain opened recently with a 12 to 48 inch base of natural and manmade snow and is now running six chair lifts. Conditions are definitely early season, but a lift ticket there will still cost you $69. Ouch! That price is certainly steeper than the slopes that are open.

Boreal Mountain Resort (near Donner Pass) is the only Tahoe area resort open at this point. The base there is less than a foot deep, but most people buying tickets at Boreal this early in the season are young snowboarders hitting installed terrain features like rails and ramps. Don't need much snow for that. The other Tahoe resorts are planning to open in time for the Thanksgiving holiday crowds.

With no major storms on the horizon for another week, Tahoe resorts would like to blow as much manmade snow as possible when conditions permit. However, temperatures rebounded quickly this week with highs near 60 in the upper elevations and overnight lows above freezing on the slopes. In the Sacramento Valley, temps near 80 degrees are tying or breaking records in many locations.

When it comes to winter sports, no matter how much you invest in technology, sometimes you just have to wait for Mother Nature to help out. With that in mind, forecasters are starting to mention a possible pattern change by next weekend. Keep your snow shovel handy!

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Photo #1: Boreal is open, but with limited coverage.
Photo #2: Early season desperadoes at Boreal Mountain Resort. 
Photo #3: Cumulonimbus clouds producing snow after cold front passage.
Photo #4: The Mt. Rose area near 9,000 feet picked up just enough snow for some pleasant cross country skiing.
Photo #5: Snow covered log with spike pattern.
Photo #6: Cumulus clouds tower over pine forest near Mt. Rose.
Photo #7: Still waiting for snow at the lower elevations. Tahoe Vista.

Nugget #156 A Boreal Open for Business

Nugget #156 B Early season ski conditions

Nugget #156 C Storm clouds over Tahoe Basin

Nugget #156 D First XC tracks near Mt

Nugget #156 E Snow spikes on fallen tree

Nugget #156 F Cumulus towers over pine trees

Nugget #156 G Pond reflection Tahoe Vista

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