RENO—Ski resorts in the Sierra Nevada are reporting some of the biggest November snowfall totals in years, including one near Lake Tahoe that says it got nearly 9 feet over five days.
"This was the perfect storm," said Andy Chapman, tourism director of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association. "It came in fast, dropped a ton of snow, setting us up with superior snow conditions and skiing for the holiday weekend."
"The mountain changed literally overnight," she said. "We're thrilled with the snow conditions."
Boreal and Sierra-at-Tahoe, both near the summit of the Sierra south of U.S. Interstate 80, reported about 7 feet of snow from the storm.
"The last time we opened this early was 2004-2005," Sierra-at-Tahoe spokeswoman Kirstin Cattell said. "And the last time in my personal memory when we opened with this kind of snow was 2001-2002."
Kirkwood Mountain Resort, which opened Wednesday southwest of Tahoe, reported more than 6 feet of snow at the upper elevations.
"I have been at Kirkwood for over 30 years and this is the most snow and best conditions we have ever had in November," said Dave Meyers, vice president of operation for Kirkwood Mountain Resort.
More than 5 feet of snow was reported at Squaw Valley USA and more than 4 feet at Northstar-at-Tahoe; Mount Rose, halfway between Reno and Lake Tahoe; and Heavenly, which straddles the Nevada- California line at South Lake Tahoe.
"We couldn't have asked for better timing," said Carol Chaplin, executive director of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. "This major, early season snowstorm sets south shore resorts and the town up for another banner season."