Skiers and snowboarders looking to make their first turns of the year this weekend at Lake Tahoe will have to wait a bit longer after a bout of warm weather has left many with no place to go.
Heavenly Ski Resort postponed its first day of ski season by a week, hoping to open by Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving. Boreal Mountain Resort in Truckee opened one trail Monday, but the resort is “running on a day-by-day basis,” said Jody Churich, a spokeswoman for the resort.
Resorts are hoping that a cold snap that may hit at the start of next week will drop temperatures far enough so resorts can begin making snow and build up a snow base.
“It’s a little warm and dry right now,” said Russ Pecoraro, a Heavenly representative. “Leading up to this last week, it’s been one of the wetter Octobers. The weather just decided to do an Indian summer thing on us.”
Forecasters with the National Weather Service said daytime temperatures should range into the mid-50s over the weekend, but the temperatures should cool off after Monday, dropping into the low 20s and teens before Thanksgiving.
Boreal and Heavenly both have 3 inches to 6 inches of snow. Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort has no snow and must wait for the real thing since the resort does not make its own snow.