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California Resorts Begin To Open; Upgrades All Over

Boreal-Park-960x641 Boreal Mountain has put some bucks into upgrading its terrain parks. (Boreal Mountain/Facebook)

One California resort is already spinning chairs with more to follow in November, as the ski and snowboard season gets underway in The Golden State.

Snowmaking has predominated, as preseason snowfall has been below expectations. Nonetheless, Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe got things going on Oct. 25. As of Nov. 3, the Tahoe-area resort reports an 18-22 inch base of manmade snow.

Here's a snapshot of what new stuff to expect at the next group of California resorts expected to drop the ropes:

Mammoth Mountain has ramped up its restaurant scene with a parking lot food truck and more options on the mountain, which is on Also new are intro backcountry workshops and first-ever access to side-country Tamarack Lodge. Plus, more flights from Denver, LAX and Orange County.

Technology takes a leap at Boreal Mountain where radio-frequency ID systems and self-ticket kiosks get skiers and riders to the lifts more quickly. Terrain park has been moved, lights installed and, in Woodward Tahoe at the Donner Pass resort, a new “action sports-themed” bar will debut.

There's a new chair at Alpine Meadows: The Treeline Cirque high-speed quad makes it easier to get from the base to Sherwood Ridge. Over the ridge at Squaw Valley, guided snowshoe tours into the backcountry of Shirley Canyon debut, as does the Tram Car Bar located in an old tram cabin.

The closest resort to San Francisco, Sugar Bowl has put a cover on its beginner surface lift to protect the newbies learning to ski or ride. Park-ers will see more than 20 features in the terrain park, and hungry skiers and riders will check out renovations at mid-mountain and the base hotel.


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