Storm brings snow to Sierra, raises skiers' hopes

RENO, Nev. — A storm has left up to 18 inches of snow in the Sierra Nevada and raised the hopes of skiers and snowboarders after a subpar snowpack last winter.

Frigid temperatures also have allowed ski resorts to crank up snow-making machines in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday period.

Mammoth Mountain Resort, just east of Yosemite National Park, reported Friday that the storm brought 6 to 12 inches of snow. It was the only resort open in California on Friday, a day after it began operations for the season with some 1,000 skiers and snowboarders on the slopes.

"Snow brings them out of the woodwork," Mammoth spokeswoman Joani Lynch said. "It's very nice to have an addition of natural snow for our opening this year, and it looks like it's setting up for a real nice Thanksgiving."

Boreal Mountain Resort, atop Donner Summit north of Lake Tahoe, plans to resume daily operations Saturday afternoon after receiving 8 inches of new snow. It opened for six days beginning on Oct. 26, then suspended operations due to a lack of snow.

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