Skiers and snowboarders rejoice as a series of winter storms rolled in late Friday night into the weekend leaving Lake Tahoe resorts covered with nearly two feet of snow. After such a dry start to the season, this storm was just what the doctor ordered. It has allowed ski resorts around the lake to open up more skiable runs and lifts. 

[R419R, Squaw Valley] is reporting 20“ up top and 12“ on the lower mountain, and they have opened up the Funitel, Gold Coast and Mountain Run. Just next door, [R5R, Alpine Meadows] is reporting 16“ at the lower mountain and 25" up top and were able to open a number of new runs. [R432R, Sugar Bowl Ski Resort] received 14” at the base and 22” up top, and [R67R, Boreal Mountain Resort] received between 20” and 26”. [R299R, Northstar California] reported between 9” and 20” and now has a total of 39 trails open. 

Skiers getting some pow turns in at Squaw Valley after the storm. Photo courtesy of Squaw Valley

Across the lake, [R169R, Heavenly] is reporting a storm total of 21“. [R362R, Sierra-at-Tahoe] received between 19“ and 29“, and they were able to open up top to bottom runs on Grandview and 16 runs total, and [R201R, Kirkwood Mountain Resort] reported a storm total of 23“. Other resorts are reporting similar conditions.

Heavenly employees shoveling the new snow. Photo courtesy of Heavenly Ski Resort

Skier is all smiles thanks to the fresh snow. Photo courtesy of Northstar California

The National Weather Service is forecasting another 4-8 inches over Sunday night and 3-7 on Monday at lake level. Although it was late this winter, It looks like winter has finally arrived. Hopefully the snow continues to fall at this rate and the temperatures stay below freezing.

Wax your skis and enjoy the pow!

Sierra at Tahoe is starting to look like a winter wonderland thanks to the new snow. Photo courtesy of Sierra at Tahoe