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TRUCKEE – Skiers and snowboarders at Boreal Ski Resort enjoyed the first powder day of the season Thursday as the resort opened with 36 inches of new snow.

The transformation of the region into a winter playground took many people in Truckee by surprise, but for the riders at Boreal the early snow seemed like a good omen for the winter to come.

Kris Thomas, a skier from Tahoe City, said he was excited to take his first run of the season.



“I’m pretty psyched to get on the snow for the first time this year,” he said. “I was blown away by it. We weren’t expecting to come up at all and then all of a sudden it was ski season.”

Thomas’ mixture of surprise and elation was echoed by the other skiers and riders on the hill Thursday, many of whom drove from as far away as Sacramento and the Bay Area for the chance to say they rode on the first day of the 2004/2005 season.




Josh Garwood wanted to snowboard so badly that he had no problem telling his boss in Sacramento that he would be calling in “sick” for the day.

“My boss came over and we had a couple of beers last night and I checked the Internet and said ‘I ain’t coming in to work tomorrow,'” he said Thursday.

Apparently a lot of other people were infected by the same bug. By 10 a.m. the parking lot at Boreal had almost as many cars as on a normal mid-week day in February – a sight that had Boreal’s Marketing Manager Jody Churich smiling.

“For Oct. 21 and three feet of snow, we’re ecstatic about the conditions for opening day. It looks like mid-winter out there,” she said. “I think people are psyched this year. I think the snow came quickly and it came strong; so the two together make for some good interest.”

Churich said Boreal’s “traditional” way of marking opening day, “is to be first.”

“And we hit it again this year,” she said. “It’s who we are and it’s what we do – get open and get people out on the mountain.”

Churich said Boreal hopes to be able to keep the mountain open for the rest of the season, but she couldn’t promise anything more than that mountain managers would continue to make the call on a day-to-day basis depending on snow conditions.

She advised that skiers and snowboarders interested in getting in some early riding at Boreal should check the resort’s Web site, http://www.rideboreal.com, for updates on whether the resort will be open and what kind of conditions to expect.


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