Boreal's snowmaking efforts paid off this year with the earliest opening in the resort's history. Boreal cranked up the Castle Peak Quad lift Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, breaking its previous early opening by two days. The resort is also the first to open in California this year.

"Before the lift opened, there was already a crowd building," Boreal's Jon Slaughter, told OnTheSnow. "People are really excited." Slaughter also noted that one of the first people waiting in line to ride the lift this morning was an 82-year-old man.

The Tahoe resort has one groomed trail and a terrain park with six features available to skiers and riders. A storm rolled through earlier this week, dropping three to five inches of new snow Oct 4 on the swath of machine-made snow lining the South 40 run. But 60-degree temperatures yesterday melted the new snow back to what Slaughter termed "a white ribbon."

Snow is snow, however, and Boreal is hyped. "There's a buzz in the air," said Slaughter. 

Lift tickets have been reduced in price: $15 for kids 5-12 years old and $30 for those older than 13 years, including adults. Boreal plans to continue running its lift  through Sunday, Oct. 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., conditions permitting, until snowmaking and natural snow allow opening more lifts. Ticket rates will be adjusted based on lifts and runs available.

The fifth Annual Jibassic Public Invitational Event will take place Oct.10-11. Boreal plans to hand out $2,000 from noon to 4 p.m. on both days for best trick in the public park. Spectators can watch the Team Video Challenge video sessions from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Tahoe's weather for opening weekend is expected to be balmy, but then may yo-yo into a second storm system next week. Check the OnTheSnow.com daily condition reports to follow resorts opening for the season.

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