Early Season Snow Covers California Resorts

West Coast dumpage kicks off El Niño year

In the midst of the first major West Coast storm system of the year, which dropped nearly three feet of snow on Mammoth’s summit (seen in the marquee photo), the mountain has moved opening day up a week, and will now be opening on Thursday, November 5.

The first major storm of the  2015/2016 season dropped nearly three feet of snow at Mammoth's summit. PHOTO: Mammoth Mountain
The first major storm of the 2015/2016 season dropped nearly three feet of snow at Mammoth’s summit. PHOTO: Mammoth Mountain
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Here’s hoping El Niño goes big for Mammoth this year. Last year, the California resort reported a 176″ season total. PHOTO: Mammoth Mountain

Mammoth reported Tuesday that snow making temps in the forecast this week will mean plenty of snow. At present, Chairs 1 and 3 will be spinning for opening day, but with additional snow it’s possible terrain will be added.

In Tahoe, a storm that began Monday has dropped more than a foot of fresh snow in the last 24 hours. Snowmaking for Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows is slated to kick off this week in preparation of the scheduled openings: Squaw on November 25, and Alpine on December 11.

The first snow in California dusted Squaw and Alpine with more than a foot in 24 hours. PHOTOS: SQUAW VALLEY
The first snow in California dusted Squaw and Alpine with more than a foot in 24 hours. PHOTO: Squaw Valley
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PHOTO: Squaw Valley