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Reservations up at mountain ski resorts

TRUCKEE – The end of January marked the halfway point in the ski season, and according to mountain travel researchers, reservations and occupancy in mountain resorts are edging up, but remaining slightly behind last year’s low figures.

The Mountain Travel Research Program is reporting that winter occupancy, measured from November to April, is down 1 percent. That’s a slight improvement from Dec. 31 figures, when occupancy was down 3 percent compared to a year before.

The most positive indicator showed reservations taken during the month of January for the next six months is up 9.5 percent compared to January 2009, the strongest pace seen in the past three months.



Resorts in the Truckee and Lake Tahoe areas also are seeing more people on the slopes; last weekend was packed with President’s Day vacationers.

Here’s a report of the on-mountain conditions as of Thursday.




Alpine Meadows

SkiAlpine.com

Open lifts: 12 of 12

Open trails: 32 out of 32

24-hr snow total: 0 inches

Upper mountain snow: 121 inches

Lower mountain snow: 72 inches

Snow condition: Machine-groomed

Boreal, Truckee

BorealSki.com

Open lifts: 5 of 6

Open trails: Not available

24-hr snow total: 0 inches

Upper mountain snow: 130 inches

Lower mountain snow: 90 inches

Snow condition: Machine-groomed

Diamond Peak, Incline Village

DiamondPeak.com

Open Lifts: 4 of 6

Open trails: 31 out of 31

24-hr snow total: 0 inches

Upper mountain snow: 77 inches

Lower mountain snow: 49 inches

Snow condition: Machine-groomed

Homewood

SkiHomewood.com

Open lifts: 6 of 6

Open trails: 65 of 65

24-hr snow total: 0 inches

Upper mountain snow: 93 inches

Lower mountain snow: 72 inches

Snow condition: Machine-groomed

Mount Rose, Incline Village

SkiRose.com

Open trails: 45 of 45 (all chutes open)

Open lifts: 5 out of 7

24-hr snow Total: 2 inches

Upper mountain snow: 71 inches

Lower mountain snow: 44 inches

Snow condition: Machine-groomed

Northstar-at-Tahoe, Truckee

NorthstaratTahoe.com

Open lifts: 19 of 19

Open trails: 91 of 92 (11 easy, 42 moderate, 38 black diamond or above)

Groomed trails: 60

24-hr snow total: 1 – 2 inches

Upper mountain snow: 81 inches

Lower mountain snow: 37 inches

Snow condition: Machine-groomed

Tahoe Cross Country, Tahoe City

Tahoexc.org

Open trails: 19 of 19

24-hr snow total: 0 inches

Snow: 34-60 inches

Snow condition: Machine-groomed

Royal Gorge Cross Country, Norden

RoyalGorge.com

Open trails: Not available

Groomed trails: 30 of 100

24-hr snow total: 0 inches

Upper mountain snow: 90 inches

Lower mountain snow: 85 inches

Snow condition: Machine-groomed

Squaw Valley USA

Squaw.com

Open lifts: 22

Open trails: Not available

24-hr snow total: 0 inches

Upper mountain snow: 105 inches

Lower mountain snow: 80 inches

Snow condition: Groomed, packed powder

Sugar Bowl, Donner Lake

Sugarbowl.com

Open lifts: 10 of 13

Open trails: 90 of 95

24-hr snow total: 5 – 7 inches

Upper mountain snow: 139 inches

Lower mountain snow: 87 inches

Snow condition: Powder and machine-groomedd


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