Every time we checked the snow conditions at Tahoe resorts in February, more had fallen from the skies – and at record levels.
At the end of February, three Vail-owned mountains announced that they will stay open a week longer than planned – plus additional three-day weekends after their daily closing – because so much snow fell in during the month. All resorts in the lake region saw snow fall on 18 of the month's 28 days.
Heavenly Valley will stay open another week, until April 28, plus add on a three-day weekend May 3-5 as bonus time. The south Lake Tahoe mountain had three days with more than 30 inches and one (Feb. 10) with 42 inches.
South of the lake, Kirkwood happily dealt with 215 inches during the month and, as a result, will keep the lifts running until April 14 with a bonus three-day weekend the next week. Two three-day dumps of double digits brought record snow to the Sierra resort in February.
And up north, on the way to Truckee and Donner Pass, Northstar had a bonanza month, too. Nearly 300 inches fell in February, including a mid-month stretch where they got significant snow on nine of 10 days. Northstar will extend a week to April 21.
Nearby, the upper mountain of Squaw Valley got nearly 300 inches during the month, breaking the recent record in January 2017. That brought the season total to 543 inches, according to the resort, and now will close of July 7. Nearby Diamond Peak also said it will stay open late, until April 21, as will Homewood.
And down at the southern end of the Sierra, Mammoth Mountain was blanketed with 226 inches during the month, which only reinforced the resort's annual intention to stay open at least through the month of June.