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New snow brings skiers back to Sierra resorts

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 2, 2014 at 9:25 pm •  Published: February 2, 2014

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A fresh blanket of snow is bringing back skiers and snowboarders to Sierra Nevada ski resorts after a slow, dry start to the season.

Resort operators said that while more snow is needed before they can finally swing into full operation, the storm spanning Wednesday to Friday allowed them to open more terrain.

On Lake Tahoe's south shore, 15 more trails opened at Heavenly Mountain Resort over a three-day period ending Saturday after the storm dropped up to 2 feet of snow there. Some 40 of 97 trails and 24 of 29 lifts now are in operation at the resort.

"This weather system brought a welcome boost to our snow base, along with the temperatures that will allow us to continue making snow ourselves," Pete Sonntag, vice president and chief operating officer at Heavenly, said in a statement.

To the north of Tahoe, Squaw Valley opened four more lifts after the storm left up to 10 inches of snow there. Half of its 30 lifts and 32 of its 170 trails now are open.

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