A strong storm dumped up to three feet of snow on the Sierra Nevada, allowing several California ski resorts to open some slopes earlier than any time in memory and offering hope of a rebound from last season’s disastrously dry winter.
Squaw Valley, one of the state’s biggest and most internationally famous ski resorts, said it will open a slope Thursday for skiing, its earliest opening in 51 years of record keeping.
California ski season normally starts around Thanksgiving. Squaw is opening one 850-foot run for the day, then will “see how it goes” before determining whether to open more days, said Amelia Richmond, spokeswoman for Squaw, site of the 1960 Winter Olympics and owned by KSL Capital Partners LLC.
“I think it’s a great sign for the winter to start off with a bang like this,” Ms. Richmond said.
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