Weekend storms delivered a blast of snow to the Sierra Nevada but it wasn’t enough for Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe to make a planned Oct. 31 opening date.
The resort needs a minimum of 10 inches of consistent, sustainable base for skiers and boarders and it just didn’t happen.
“We’re not going to put people on rocks,” said Mike Pierce, marketing manager for the Reno-area resort. “Before we open it is going to be a deep base.”
Pierce estimated the latest storms delivered about five to eight inches of snow.
The resort, which at 8,260 feet in elevation has the highest base area in the region, and storms two weeks ago delivered enough powder for skiers who were willing to hike above 9,000 feet for a fix.
But the following weeks delivered temperatures that weren’t conducive to making snow at the base and rainfall that depleted the early snowpack all over the mountain.
Temperatures did drop enough Sunday evening and Monday morning for the resort to operate snowmaking guns.
Pierce said they’ve got all 13 of the resort’s mobile guns positioned on the lower mountain ready to spring into action with a focus on opening as soon as possible.
“The guns are in place and we are making it every chance we get,” he said.
In perfect snowmaking conditions Pierce said they could make enough snow to open the small, Flying Jenny run in two-and-a-half days.
As of now, however, conditions are less than perfect.
“The rest of the week looks marginal,” Pierce said.