[R67R, Boreal Mountain Resort] will get a jump on the 2008-09 winter season -- and the other Lake Tahoe area resorts - when they crank up their brand-new Castle Peak Quad Thursday, Nov. 6.

The Donner Summit resort received more than 18 inches of snow from the series of storms that slammed into the Sierra over the past week, and with a little assistance from their array of snow guns, Boreal was able to get things going, at least on a limited basis.

"We'll definitely have one run open," says Boreal's Jon Slaughter. "We hope to have more open (by the weekend) but that all depends on the weather."

For the nonce, the Castle Peak Quad, which replaces the venerable Gunnar's double chair, will service a wide run that descends from about half-way up the mountain. The run will have six to eight terrain-park features on one side of the run, and nice corduroy on the other side.

Boreal will have full services available at the base lodge, including food and beverage, rentals, and retail shop. There also will be some ski school available.

Lift ticket prices will be $30 for those skiers and snowboarders older than 13 and $15 for those 12 and under. The rate for adults will jump up slightly as more terrain opens, and will hit the full $47 rack rate when Boreal can operate lifts to the summit.