A Californian ski centre which has already been the first in the state to open for the past three years is one of the first in North America to issue a definite October opening date.
Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe says its increasingly confident of its early opening plans following a $2m summer spend on improvements which include additions to its powerful snowmaking system.
The earliest areas to open in North America tend to include Arapahoe Basin in Colorado, the permanent Timberline snow field on Mt Hood in Oregon and Donner Summit in California, but these areas don’t usually publish a target opening day and wait to see how weather conditions play out in late September and October. Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe says it’s confident of opening for the 2018-19 ski season on October 26th however.
For the last three years, Mt. Rose, located between Incline Village and Reno, has opening near the end of October. A chunk of the $2 million has gone on 17 snowmaking towers along with improvements at the main lodge and parking areas, restroom remodels and new resort signage including four state-of-the-art LED lift signs.
A resort spokesman says the aim was to stay open for snowsports longer each year,
“We’d love to stay open into late spring and maybe even summer, but we’ll see,” he told local media.