15 November 2016 — Looks like we’ll finally get to make some lift-served turns in the Tahoe region; California’s Boreal (photo above) and Nevada’s Mt. Rose have announced that they’ll open this Friday the 18th. Others in the region, including Kirkwood, Northstar, and Sugar Bowl were originally talking Friday as well, however I’m not optimistic about any of those making it for the weekend. We’ll see…New England resorts looking to join the fray this weekend are having a rough go, Wildcat NH has made a bunch of snow but unfortunately they’re enjoying a bit of rain right now…guns are silent on Killington‘s Superstar trail, they need a huge base for a mandatory FIS World Cup pre-race inspection next week. Colder temps should return during the weekend, so keep your tips crossed…speaking of World Cup, Swiss speedster Beat Feuz diagnosed with facial paralysis at the University of Colorado hospital in Denver; no clue when he’ll recover and return. Feuz obviously planning to be a factor in the season’s first speed events Nov 26-27 in Lake Louise, doctors say he’ll likely miss that. Feuz, who had six consecutive top fives in speed events last season, apparently suffered the same malady as a teenager. Let’s hope for a rapid recovery…and finally I can’t stress this enough, if you live in Michigan or anywhere near it, you want to take a close look at the Michigan White Gold Card which is a punch card good for one day at each of 35 resorts and ski areas for $269. Black out days Christmas through New Years. Check it out, chart out the areas, do the math, see if it makes sense. Consider that the weekend walk up rate at Boyne Mountain will be $89 this season. Even if you only ski at 10 places, at $27 a pop it’s a great deal. Here’s the link for more info. I don’t often plug “deals” but this is a good one — IF it fits your plans.
Photo above courtesy Boreal Mountain Resort