Storm packs a punch for Truckee-Tahoe resorts |

Storm packs a punch for Truckee-Tahoe resorts

Kelsie Longerbeam
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows got a boost last weekend when a storm delivered 7 inches of fresh powder at the resort.

A wind-fueled storm plowed through the Truckee-Tahoe area last weekend, leaving local ski resorts with fresh powder to kick off the post-Thanksgiving week.

On Sunday, Nov. 26, the storm dumped more than 1 foot of snow in some places, as wind gusts hit the 100 mph mark on the high ridge tops of the Sierra mountains, the National Weather Service Office in Reno said.

“This was a strong storm with high winds and heavy rain with mountain snow, but this was a fairly typical storm for the winter season,” said Edan Weishahn, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Reno, on Monday, Nov. 26.

Boreal Mountain Resort didn’t receive any snow from the storm, but has reported 27 inches so far for the season, with 20 inches at the base. Boreal was the first resort in California to open for the winter season on Wednesday, Nov. 8

“The 7 inches that Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows received from the weekend’s storm was a welcomed addition to some already great conditions.”-Sam Kieckhefer,Spokesman for Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows said it received 7 inches of snow overnight from the storm. The resort currently has a snow base of 29 inches at the upper mountain, and 59 inches of snow total for the season so far. With November snowfall averaging 36 inches over the past 45 years, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is currently at 139 percent of average. The resort currently has 16 groomed and ready runs, and 36 open trails.

“The 7 inches that Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows received from the weekend’s storm was a welcomed addition to some already great conditions,” said Sam Kieckhefer, spokesman for Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. “The resort has 12 lifts open, accessing terrain for all ages and abilities; an unbeatable terrain offering for the end of November. With cold temperatures in the forecast, we’re geared up to make snow all week!”

Mount Rose said they received 4-6 inches over the weekend, with a total of 47-61 inches for the season. The runs Blazing Zephyr, Northwest, Galena, and Wizard are all up and running. Magic is delayed. Mount Rose was the Truckee-Tahoe area’s first resort to open, with daily operations starting on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Sugar Bowl reported it got 6 inches of snow this past week, with 56 inches total for the season. But Sugar Bowl has yet to open to the public.

Diamond Peak has yet to get some snow, and is currently closed. The ski resort, which is located in Incline Village, has given no public indication of when it plans to open for season.

Northstar California Resort, which is expected to open Friday, Dec. 1, is operated by Vail Resorts Management Company. Vail Resorts Management Company’s two other local properties, Heavenly Mountain Resort and Kirkwood Mountain Resort, are both open for business.

Heavenly became the first ski mountain to open on theSouth Shore, when it fired up lifts on Friday, Nov. 17. The resort got 5 inches of powder from the storm, and a reported 28 inches of snowfall for the season.

Further south, Kirkwood opened its slopes to skiers and snowboarders on Wednesday, Nov 22, with Snowkirk, Solitude, Cornice Express, and the Reut chairlifts giving riders access to five open trails and roughly 350 acres of skiable terrain. The resort reported 7 inches of snow from the weekend storm, and 32 inches so far this season.

Looking ahead, the weather outlook is bright with sunny to mostly sunny skies through the week. But a storm watch has been placed on the upcoming weekend.

Kelsie Longerbeam is the news, business and environment reporter for the Sierra Sun and North Lake Tahoe Bonanza. She can be contacted at or 530-550-2653. Follow her on Facebook, and Twitter and Instagram @kelsielongerbm

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