Single-digit temperatures in the Sierra Nevada have given a number of Californian resorts the opportunity to fire up their snow guns and get some snow on the ground in preparation for the upcoming winter season.
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows was blowing snow on 15th October, but they were joined this weekend by Northstar California, Heavenly, and Mammoth Mountain. At Squaw, snowmaking can be seen in the base area and off the Red Dog, Squaw Creek, SnoVentures, and Exhibition chairlifts. At Alpine, snow is being laid down on trails like Weasel, under the Treeline Cirque chairlift. Snowmakers are out on the hill as early as 2 am, and last night temperatures dropped to 15 degrees.
Mammoth Mountain is hoping to open on November 14th, Northstar California and Heavenly on November 20th, and Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows on November 25th.
With a few weeks of snowmaking ahead, and hopefully the changing seasons and some natural snow, 2020/21 should start with a bang!