Sierra ski resorts begin opening for winter

Snow-making machine at Heavenly Mountain Resort.

November 26, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
Most Sierra ski resorts will be open for Thanksgiving. This past weekend, Heavenly and Northstar opened. Kirkwood followed on Monday and both Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are opening Wednesday.

While they haven't had much natural snow yet, their investments in snow-making equipment are paying off.

"Yeah, the overnight temperatures have really dropped down and allow us to fire up those snow-making guns during the night and continue to make snow to add to our already great base that we have," said Sally Gunter of Heavenly.

They're hoping that some rain will come and bring fresh snow in the Sierra.