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October Snowstorms Open Two California Ski Resorts

October Snowstorms Open Two California Ski Resorts

Abundant snowfall in the Sierra Nevada prompts early openings for Mammoth Mountain and Palisades Tahoe
Posted 2 years agoby Ann Marie Brown

A massive California storm has dumped so much snow on the Sierra Nevada Mountains that Mammoth Mountain and Palisades Tahoe will open for skiing and riding on Friday, October 29, weeks earlier than the resorts had planned.

Heavy precipitation across the state was caused by an atmospheric river, a long and narrow plume of moisture pulled in from the Pacific. In the Sierra range, what started as heavy rain on October 22 quickly morphed into snow.

By Monday afternoon, several ski resorts reported 34 to 39 inches on their upper slopes with 12 to 24 inches at base elevations. The UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab, which sits atop Donner Summit at 7,057 feet, reported 35.7 inches of snow in the last seven days, bringing October’s snow totals to 47.7 inches—nearly four feet.