TRUCKEE, CA - Following a winter and spring that produced a deep snow pack in the high Sierra, several Tahoe-area ski resorts will open for all or part of the 4th of July weekend.
Kirkwood, Sugar Bowl, Squaw and Alpine Meadows advertise the opening of a limited number of ski runs, even with temperatures expected to climb into the 80s over the holiday weekend. With the extensive snow pack, the heat will not be able to melt the snow until later in the summer.
"It was kind of the return of winter, which is great timing," Sugar Bowl spokesman John Monson said. "Mother nature has cooperated, and it's a boom for everybody."
Monson added it is possible there will be a snow layer still on the slopes when they open this fall, for the 2011-2012 season.
He also said this is the first time in at least 12 years the Sugar Bowl will be open on the 4th of July.