SQUAW VALLEY (CBS13) – Several early-season snowfalls allowed for great Thanksgiving skiing at Lake Tahoe resorts.

It was certainly busy at Squaw Valley on a perfect day in the mountains – nothing but blue sky and sunshine.

“It’s fantastic, actually,” skier James Dryden said.

“I’m excited about being out here,” Josh Holm said.

About half the lifts were open Thursday at Squaw, including one that hasn’t had riders on Thanksgiving Day in 10 years.

“It is rare, you know normally people are mostly skiing at the bottom of the mountain this time of year,” Squaw’s Amelia Richmond said.

Having the upper mountain open was a nice surprise for visitors.

“Yeah it’s great,” John Freitas said. “We usually come up every Thanksgiving. We usually don’t expect the snow.”

There has already been three storms this skiing season, bringing in 7 feet of snow.

“We did get a little bit of rain at the base area, but that means up here at the upper mountain we’ve got a great base and a lot of snow to keep people happy,” Richmond said.

Snowy conditions combined with the resorts’ manmade snow means Christmas is coming early for Tahoe skiers and snowboarders this year.

“Pretty awesome if you ask me,” Holm aid.

And it offered a nice change of pace for those who wanted to get out of the kitchen.

“It’s a beautiful day, nice to be on hold from cooking a turkey and good to be out here instead,” Lindsey Crawford said. .

The long drive was well worth it for Hannah Spitze.

“Pretty lucky feeling to be up here,” she said. “I drove four hours and I’m very happy that I made this choice. Definitely worth it.”

As more storms move in Squaw Valley anticipates opening more lifts by the Christmas holiday and be open up for night skiing.

Boreal, Sugar Bowl, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Mt. Rose and Sierra-at-Tahoe were all open for Thanksgiving as well. Homewood was scheduled to open Friday.


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