Good news finally arrived last week for skiers and snowboarders who frequent Lake Tahoe ski resorts.
A four-day stretch dumped 4-6 feet of snow at many Tahoe resorts, providing the first legitimate powder days this season for skiing and snowboarding.
With the recent snow and the roads clear, this should easily be the busiest weekend at Lake Tahoe ski resorts since the Christmas holidays. And this time people will be skiing and snowboarding on real snow.
The new snow has also allowed ski resorts to open additional chairlifts and terrain.
At Sierra-at-Tahoe, the resort has nine lifts running that access 32 trails.
“We’re still holding on to most of that snow, there is plenty of terrain now for everyone,” said Sierra spokesperson Steve Hemphill. “We expect a few thousand people this weekend.”
The National Weather Service is calling for a slight chance of snow Sunday night through Monday. Daytime temperatures should be in the low-to-mid 40s with evening lows in Truckee dipping into the teens several times during the week.
With the cold overnight temperatures, many resorts have their snow-making machines running again. Snow totals are seasonably low and it’s unlikely that will change significantly over the next week.
“We have our fingers crossed that winter will return again,” Hemphill said. “And when that snowfall happens we’ll get as much terrain open as possible.”
The latest snowfall does have most resorts expanding their terrain. Homewood ski resort is reporting that all its lifts are now open, accessing the upper mountain for the first time.
Alpine Meadows is boasting about its 72 inches of snow over a 72-hour period. The snow total has allowed Alpine Meadows to open the Scott and Summit chairs, while the Sherwood Chair may be available this weekend depending on conditions.
Kirkwood ski resort is expected to open its entire mountain this weekend. With Chair 10 recently opened and Kirkwood’s famed backside is ready for skiing and riding.
After receiving five feet of new snow, Northstar California has opened 89 trails, accessed by 15 lifts featuring top-to-bottom availability. Northstar ski resort also has a 22-foot Superpipe, 20 terrain park features, as well as lift-served snow tubing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Heavenly ski resort received nearly four feet of new snow, allowing it to open 66 trails, accessed by 24 lifts with top-to-bottom skiing and riding. For the weekend, Heavenly plans to open Galaxy Chairlift and the associated trails, Groove Terrain Park with six jumps and 18 creative features.
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