Although the recent storms that have descended on the Lake Tahoe region didn’t bring as much snow as anticipated due to high temperatures, most ski resorts still benefitted significantly from Mother Nature.
Heavenly ski resort has received 42 inches of snow since last Thursday and has opened additional terrain this week, and now has tree skiing, between Milky Way Bowl and Comet Trail.
Heavenly now has 331 open acres for skiing and snowboarding.
The South Lake Tahoe ski resort plans to expand to the California side of the mountain later this week and open additional terrain.
“We received over three feet of snow during this last storm, and our mountain operations staff has worked hard to open additional terrain,” said Pete Sonntag, Heavenly’s general manager. “We will continue to work this week to fine-tune the snow on the California side in preparation of opening up some terrain over there.”
Heavenly is currently operating the Gondola, Tamarack Express, Dipper Express, Comet Express and three beginner magic carpets at Adventure Peak. Tamarack Lodge and East Peak Lodge are also open.
“Our snow conditions right now are mid-winter quality and only look to improve as we move through the month,” Sonntag said. “People booking their holiday vacations at Heavenly can rest assured that we will be opening even more terrain and that they will have a terrific experience out on the mountain.”
Lake Tahoe currently has seven ski resorts open for the 2012-13 season.
After some early-season difficulties, Sugar Bowl ski resort in Lake Tahoe has plans to begin running its lifts again this Thursday (Dec. 6) – perhaps for good this time.
Like many Lake Tahoe ski resorts, Sugar Bowl benefitted from the early snow and opened prematurely this season on Nov. 17. The resort stayed open through the Thanksgiving holiday, then planned to go on a weekend schedule, weather permitting.
nfortunately, the weather turned warm and last week’s rainy conditions mixed with snow didn’t help Sugar Bowl much. Suffering from lack of coverage at its lower levels, the resort off Interstate 80 at Donner Summit never opened last weekend when high winds also ravaged the Lake Tahoe area.
But the resort also got 4 feet of snow over the weekend, and added 6-12 more inches on Monday, and has pointed to Thursday as its re-set day. Sugar Bowl will offer top-to-bottom skiing and riding on four chairlifts – Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Disney, Christmas Tree and Nob Hill – from Thursday through Sunday.
Sugar Bowl, which received 16-44 inches of snow from the recent storms, plans to announce their operation schedule for the week of Dec. 10 later this week.
“With nearly 10 feet of snowfall at Sugar Bowl so far this season, and more snow on the way this week, we knew that Sugar Bowl skiers and riders were itching to get back on the mountain,” said John Monson, director of marketing for Sugar Bowl. “By re-opening two days earlier than planned, skiers and riders can take advantage of Sugar Bowl’s deep snow and superb ski conditions from top to bottom.”
Both Alpine Meadows and Tahoe Donner ski resorts have set their season-opening day for Friday.
Lake Tahoe ski resorts Opening Dates
• Boreal: Open
• Heavenly: Open
• Northstar: Open
• Kirkwood: Open
• Squaw Valley: Open
• Mt. Rose: Open
• Sierra-at-Tahoe: Open
• Sugar Bowl: Reopen Dec. 6
• Alpine: December 7
• Tahoe Donner: December 7
• Diamond Peak: December 13
• Homewood: December 14
• Donner Ski Ranch: TBA
• Soda Springs: TBA