What's New Around Lake Tahoe
Snowcats open up new powder stashes at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows (Squaw Valley/Facebook)
The storms have started to roll across the Sierra Nevada, giving skiers and snowboarders who venture to the Lake Tahoe region a taste of what is to come this season.
While new lifts aren't in the cards this season, skiers and riders will nonetheless see a few new elements at many of the 15 resorts peppered around the lake. Much of the focus is on beginners who can bolster a solid future for these resorts, while innovative ticketing and upgraded food-and-beverage offerings always appeal.
Here’s what skiers and riders will see when they head to the Lake Tahoe region this winter:
Backcountry skiing comes to Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. Alpenglow Expeditions has permits for the Munchkins area off Scott Peak at Alpine, and Tram Ridge north of Broken Arrow at Squaw. Also at Squaw, four-person car pools get priority parking for free.
Boreal Mountain Resort put in a second magic carpet in the beginner area and installed LED lighting for night skiing. Neighbor Tahoe Donner’s new Alder Creek Adventure Center has everything for the cross-country enthusiast.
Sierra-at-Tahoe has followed Squaw’s lead and banned plastic bottles on the hill; instead, refilling stations are spread around.
Mount Rose cut four new beginner trails, while Dodge Ridge’s season Progression Pass aims at turning newbies into confident skiers and riders through unlimited lessons and rentals. The mountain off Hwy. 108 plans to expand its Masters Clinics, too.
Heavenly Valley aims to keep business persons on the hill with the new ski-in, ski-out co-working space called Tahoe Mountain Lab – an 800-square-foot “office” with 15 desks at the top of the tram.
Eatin’ and drinkin’ will highlight Northstar California upgrades, with VIP area for daily champagne toast on Eagle Ridge run and a Thai food truck at mid-mountain.