Season Extensions Lengthen Around Tahoe
Deep powder prevails at Heavenly (Heavenly/Facebook)
Heavenly will now stay open daily until April 23, and then for the weekend of April 28-30 to close out the season. Farther around on the north side Lake Tahoe, Northstar has announced it will keep the lifts turning until April 23.
The extensions follow on the heals of Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows announcement that ski and riding will run into June – with a promise reopen some terrain in July – and Mammoth Mountain’s decision to keep things rolling until July 4. Other season extensions are anticipated in the coming weeks, as California resorts revel in the first above-average snowfall in years.
Several resorts actually closed down during January because so much snow fell that access roads were closed. Some even had to dig out their lifts before starting up again.
The most snow in the region has fallen on Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe, on the Nevada side of the lake, with 636 inches falling from the sky for a resort record. UPDATED March 1: Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe announced that it plans to extend its season and remain open through Memorial Day (May 29, 2017). Mammoth boasts the deepest settled base in the United States, with 350 inches still on the ground. On Donner Pass, Sugar Bowl has the most snow on the ground at the end of February since 1983-84.
The majority of the snow came in a stormy January, but another storm system swept through the Sierra Nevada this past week, dropping another seven feet on the already-inundated mountains.