Big Snow at Mammoth, Lake Tahoe California

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Lake Tahoe, CA Nov. 8--After a big weekend dump, several California resorts are vying to open sometime this week. Snow fell Sunday night into Monday, boosting the snowmaking process as resorts ready for the 1999-2000 season.

Mammoth Mountain reported 6-10 inches at the base and as much as 12-inches at the top of the mountain. The resort plans to open this Thursday Nov. 11, with the Broadway Express high-speed quad and the Broadway trail.

"Depending on the amount of snow we can make by Thursday will determine how many trails we will open with," said Joani Saari of Mammoth Mountain. "We hope to open Fascination and Far West trails as soon as we can."

In the Lake Tahoe area, resorts are racing to open as soon as the weather permits. Heavenly Ski Resort in South Lake Tahoe reported 6-10 inches of new snow and expects to open this Friday Nov. 12. The aerial tram and Patsy's lift will serve access to Patsy's run, and Maggie's Run and Lower Ridge may open if the conditions permit.

Boreal Ski Area, annually one of the first California resorts to open, hopes to fire up two lifts on their front side on Thursday Nov. 11, to service three runs. Of course, that too depends on the weather.

At Squaw Valley in North Lake Tahoe, the snowmaking process began Sunday night, Nov. 7, on the Mountain Run and the Gold Coast area and will continue as temperatures allow. They reported 5-6 inches of new snow and project to open the cable car on Nov. 20, to serve limited terrain.

SkiNet will be following the opening of the California resorts, so keep checking back for updates.