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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE – Sierra-at-Tahoe saw its first real snow of the season Wednesday. At least 6 inches fell at the resort, a spokesman said.
But managers have not yet decided when Sierra-at-Tahoe will open for the season.
“The snow is a very welcome sight,” said communications director Steven Hemphill. “In order to open we need a few more snowstorms and consistent cool temperatures.”
When the resort does open, skiers and snowboarders will be treated to a newly renovated plaza that will be a gathering area as well as a center for skier services.
“We’ve made a $5 million investment to the base area and created a new plaza,” Hemphill said. “It will be a place for hanging out with family and friends after a day of skiing.”
The new plaza is located at the base of the Broadway trail and will feature a 9,000-square-foot hangar-like structure. Inside there will be food and beverage services, a new equipment demo center and new retail shop offering the latest fashions. The building will also include multiple flat screen televisions allowing guests to enjoy live sports and entertainment throughout the winter.
There is also a new restaurant in the plaza. Called Solstice, it will showcase healthy, California food, local brews, and provide additional seating, the resort said.
Outside, there will be a 20,000-square-foot decks where the resort says guests will be treated to an “après atmosphere with a California twist” that includes a place to enjoy the sun with fire pits, lounge chairs, table service, and live music. There is also a viewing area that allows friends and families to look at major trails such as Lower Main, Aspen, the Halfpipe, Broadway and Easy Street.
Sierra-at-Tahoe is looking forward to a year of normal snowfall – about 480 inches – and hoping to serve its average of 380,000 ski visits.