Recent storms have add snow to the pack in Lake Tahoe. The added snow has a direct effect on skiers and riders. More Tahoe resorts are open, with more terrain available for skiers and riders to enjoy.
Mt. Rose reports an additional 14 inches of snow from the recent storms, according to Jessica VanPernis Weaver of JVPC Communications. Because of the cold overnight temperatures, they have been able to continue with their snow making efforts.
Squaw Valley has opened more terrain, as has Alpine Meadows. More snow is good. The list of open resorts now outnumbers those who are waiting for better conditions. Homewood, Diamond Peak and others will be open by Saturday, December 20th.
Who’s open? Check the list below. Keep in mind that early season conditions dictate what trails are open. Skiers and riders need to pay close attention to the conditions as well, as some sticks, twigs, and rocks may still be jutting out of the snow.
Call ahead or check the resorts websites for wind holds and other conditions before heading up for a day in the snow.
Sierra-at-Tahoe is running 5 lifts and tows, with 23 trails open. Reported snow depth is 18 to 30 inches.
Heavenly is open, with a snow base of 24 inches. They are turning 8 lifts and tows.
Kirkwood reports a base of 27 to 30 inches of snow. They are currently running 7 lifts. Of note to all is that the Wall is open.
Kirkwood XC Center is open and currently reports 8km of trails for the skinny ski crowd.
Squaw Valley is open with a 38 inch base. They report 15 lifts and tows running.
Alpine Meadows, with a base of 36 inches is running 7 lifts and tows. 50 trails are open and ready for skiers.
Northstar is open with a reported base of 18 to 30 inches of snow. The front and back sides are open, with 9 lifts and tows running, giving access to 47 trails and 42 terrain park features.
Royal Gorge Cross Country is open. Currently they are offering 19km of trails.
Mt. Rose is running 5 lifts. A reported base of 18 to 31 inches, with 34 trails open, along with 7 terrain park features, and great conditions.
Boreal Mountain Resort is running 5 lifts and tows. Skiers and riders will be on a reported base of 25 inches, with 31 trails and 11 terrain park features available.
Soda Springs is open for their 80th season. They have 9 trails open.
Sugar Bowl is open with 70 trails on a base of 17 to 44 inches.
Donner Ski Ranch is open for the season. They are turning 4 lifts and tows.
Homewood currently plans to open on Saturday, December 20th. They are reporting a base of 5 inches at the bottom with 37 inches up top. They will offer limited terrain for all abilities of skiers and riders.
Diamond Peak is also planning to open on Saturday, December 20th. They have a reported depth of 12 to 18 inches of snow. They will be runnng 3 lifts.
Tahoe Donner Cross Country will open on Saturday, December 20th. There will be 8 trails open. 30km of groomed wonder will greet the skinny ski crowd.
Who is still waiting? Not many. The list grows smaller with every storm that rolls through.
Tahoe Donner Ski Area will open when conditions permit. Note that the XC area will open on Saturday.
Hope Valley Cross Country will open when conditions permit. Current plans are to put the Yurt up by early next week.
Granlibakken will open when conditions permit. No announced opening date has been released as of today.
Tahoe Cross Country/Tahoe City Winter Park will open when conditions permit. No announced opening date has been released as of today.
All of the new snow is just in time for the holidays. Schools are out, the snow is still falling, and the upcoming winter break skiing looks to be the best it’s been in years.