Snow allows more Sierra ski resorts to fully open

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A string of storms has allowed some ski resorts in the Sierra Nevada to finally open all of their terrain, but others still need more snow before they can fully open after an unusually dry winter.

Mammoth Mountain, just east of Yosemite National Park, is one of the lucky resorts with all lifts and runs in operation. The resort reported 3-4 feet of new snow since Thursday, when a powerful storm began providing a much-needed boost to a skimpy Sierra snowpack.

Squaw Valley reported 80 percent of its terrain was open after getting 2.5 feet of new snow over the last week.

Northstar spokeswoman Rachael Woods says 20 inches of new snow at her resort just north of Tahoe allowed the opening of 75 percent of its terrain.