Sunbathing, tailgating, and shedding layers – the scene at Alpine Meadows on Friday looked more like Spring skiing than opening week.
The warm weather was welcome on the second day of operations, after steady snow and cold temperatures allowed Alpine to open for the season over a month early.
The Kangaroo Chair, a small double on the west side of the mountain, brings guests to the top of two intermediate runs: the Kangaroo Main Run and Nick’s Run. Both runs had impressive early season coverage, but the afternoon heat melted the hardpack into soft, slushy powder by 3pm.
Alpine has yet to install any park features, but both Kangaroo Main and Nick’s had side-hits aplenty.
From Alpine Meadows:
Alpine Meadows opened early for the season Thursday, over one month ahead of schedule and celebrating the earliest opening in over 10 years! Thanks to over two feet of natural snowfall and cold temperatures conducive to flexing our snowmaking system around the clock, Alpine Meadows is spinning Kangaroo chair with access to intermediate terrain and is offering limited dining options in the lodge as well.
Squaw will be opening Saturday, November 14th, and both resorts will be offering $29 day passes, which will benefit the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Foundation, which provides scholarships for local athletes.
Another storm is supposed to hit California on Sunday night, bringing another 6- 14″ to the Lake Tahoe region. Tahoe’s 3rd storm of the season should be the final push many resorts in the area need to open for the 2015-16 season.
Let it snow!