TRUCKEE, Calif. Oct 27 — With a six foot base of snow on the summit of the mountain, Sierra-at-Tahoe just announced the earliest opening day in its history. The resort will open for daily operations this Friday, Oct. 29, 2004 and beginning on Saturday, will offer top-to-bottom skiing/riding on four chairlifts.

Since last night, Sierra-at-Tahoe received more than two feet of new snow, bringing the base depth to three feet at the bottom of the mountain and six feet at the summit. On Friday, lift tickets will be sold for $5 with all proceeds being donated to the Sierra-at-Tahoe Education Foundation. Starting Saturday, discounted lift ticket rates will be offered at $44 for adults, $34 for young adults, $12 for children and $18 for seniors.

On Sunday, Sierra celebrates Halloween by awarding all guests who wear their costumes with a $25 lift ticket.

With the Farmer's Almanac and El Nino rumors coming to fruition, this season is one that skiers/riders can't afford to miss. Now is the time to purchase a Double Whammy season pass with prices beginning at just $299 or a Sierra-only season pass beginning at $199. All guests who purchase a lift ticket from opening day through Nov. 19, can trade in their lift ticket through Nov. 24 for a $44 credit towards their 2004/05 season pass purchase.

For more information on Sierra-at-Tahoe's snow and weather conditions, call the snowphone at (530) 659-7475 or log onto