Heavenly hopes to open today

With a new storm on the way and a base depth of 18-24 inches, Heavenly Ski Resort plans to open its California Trail today.

But today's storm could be a double-edged sword for the resort, since forecast high winds could interfere with lift operations.

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind watch affecting Douglas County for the day, with predicted winds of 25-40 mph and gusts of 60-70 mph possible. Wind gusts over the Sierra ridges are forecast to hit 125 mph.

The season hasn't been kind to the resort, so far, with 3-4 inches of snow falling during the last week and only 8-11 inches so far this season. The rest of the resort's snow has all been made, with Heavenly's snowmaking system operating more than 180 hours.

Heavenly asks that skiers and riders observe all posted signs and warnings, especially during the early season. Closed trails may contain hazards due to early snow coverage. Please keep off closed trails and out of closed areas for safety reasons.

 Heavenly will operate for skiing and snowboarding, weekends from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kirkwood Ski Resort is still planning to open sometime between Thanksgiving and Dec. 1, according to their Web site.

According to the National Weather Service, Stateline could receive up to 4 inches of new snow in the storm.

The chance of snow will increase this morning and last through early Saturday.

For more information visit www.skiheavenly.com

The Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation will hold its annual ski and snowboard swap today and Saturday at the convention center in the MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa. The swap offers new and used equipment and clothing at low prices.

The Moonlight Madness pre-sale is today from 6 to 11 p.m. in the convention center. Admission is $5, children 12 and under are free. Admission is free for Saturday's event, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information about the sale, call (530)541-7354. For more information about the foundation and to register, visit heavenlyssf.com or (530)541-7354.


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