Early Snowfall Gets Southern Sierra Season Off To Snowy Starts

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A number of southern Sierra ski and snowboard resorts opened earlier than planned for the 2022-2023 season, with a new chairlift, revamped tubing park and more snow guns highlighting new additions.

Mammoth Mountain and June Mountain, Dodge Ridge, Bear Valley and China Peak got going in early November, thanks to several unexpected large storms that dropped several feet up and down California's highest mountain range.

At Mammoth Mountain, crews at the Ikon Pass resort spent the summer working on a long-term project to develop Woolly's Tube Park into an all-season attraction. This offseason, tubing lanes were expanded, six new snow guns went in just for the tubing park, and an elevated conveyor lift is now up and running. The park, located at the bottom of Chair 4 and close to the kid-focused Wonderland Playground,is targeted to get more parking spots, too.

More snowmaking went in over the summer, aimed at getting more snow more quickly on the connecting trails across the mountain, and a bigger supply of snow for terrain parks. Neighbor June Mountain stood pat over the summer, and expects a mid-December opening.'

Up the Sierra Crest, the big news at Dodge Ridge is that two circa-1960s chairlifts came down, and a new triple chair went up in there place this summer. Skiers and riders can now reach the mountain's 8,200-foot-high summit with just one lift ride. The 862-acre mountain, a member of the Powder Alliance, expanded its terrain parks to promote progression, and remodeled both base and mid-mountain lodges.

A couple of other Sierra resorts got enough snow to being spinning lifts early. Bear Valley, a two-hour drive from Stockton, and China Peak, Fresno's backyard ski and snowboard mountain, got a couple of early feet of snow and pushed up opening dates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SnoCast: Will March Come in Like a Lion or Lamb?

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This first weekend of March features a more "lion-like" and snowy setup across the West, while the East sees lamb-like signs of spring time weather. Let's dig into the forecast in this week's SnoCast.

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SnoCast: A Fickle Finish to February

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Following big snow in the Southwest and Four Corners, a storm will work across the country and deliver fresh snow to many Northeast ski areas to finish the week. With new powder all around, let’s dig into this week’s SnoCast forecast.

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Powder Alliance Resorts Reach Out To Passholders Of Sierra-at-Tahoe

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A half-dozen resorts of the Powder Alliance have provided pass holders at fire-damaged Sierra-at-Tahoe free access to their trails and slopes until the resort gets back on its feet.

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SnoCast: New Snow from Coast to Coast

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This week brought more wild swings in the weather country-wide. The West has benefited greatly with building snow cover, and the East eyes the next weekend wintry wallop. Here’s the forecast in this week’s SnoCast.

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What's New at California Resorts This Season

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As temperatures begin to shift, Ski California resorts are gearing up for the 2021-22 winter season with investments in infrastructure, facilities improvements, and technology that will continue to allow for fast, contactless lift access, reservations and payment, and high-quality experiences.

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SnoCountry SnoCast: Wild, Wild West (And Midwest) Remain Cold, Snowy

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Winter weather has no sign of letting up across the Western U.S. and Canada, neither for the Great Lakes region!

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California Dreamin' A Reality As Powder Piles Up In The Sierra

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OK, so we on the West Coast have been pleading and praying for powder this season, especially on the heels of a couple of subpar winters where puttin' on the fatboys and breathing through a snorkel seemed but distant memories.

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Labor Day Sales Mean Good Deals On Equipment; Have A Plan

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Labor Day weekend (Aug. 30-Sept. 2) means one very important thing to skiers and snowboarders: sales. There will be a wide number of mountain and cityside ski and sports shops hosting sales on equipment, clothing, and accessories.

 

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Western Resorts Jump On 49ers Bandwagon Super Sunday

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Western ski resorts are gearing up to give the San Francisco 49ers a boost while giving you the chance to ski and ride before settling into the Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 3). 

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Northern California Ski & Board Fests November 10-11; 17-18

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You have two more chances to grab deals on equipment, lift tickets and more at the Ski & Board Festivals in Sacramento and Silcon Valley, Calif.

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November Means Lots Of Big Ski Shows Are Coming Your Way

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Skiers and riders look to the fall ski shows to discover improvements ski areas have made during the off-season, talk with manufacturers’ reps, decide on their ski vacation and getaway plans, get deals on swapped or new equipment, and enjoy live entertainment. 

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Labor Day Weekend Sales Mean Big Savings

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Labor Day 2012 weekend (Sept. 1-3) means one very important thing to skiers and riders: sales 

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