Storms deliver multiple feet of snow to Tahoe area ski resorts

Sugar Bowl received 64 inches of snow since storms hit the area last week.
Courtesy of Sugar Bowl Resort
Storm totals
  • Kirkwood Mountain Resort - 85"
  • Squaw Valley - 75"
  • Northstar California Resort - 73"
  • Sierra-at-Tahoe - 72"
  • Boreal Mountain California - 69"
  • Soda Springs - 69"
  • Sugar Bowl - 64"
  • Alpine Meadows - 59"
  • Diamond Peak - 40"
  • Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe - 40"
  • Tahoe Donner - 36"
  • Homewood Mountain Resort - 18"

Recent storms delivered several feet of snow to the Sierra Nevada, allowing for local ski resorts to open more terrain as the 2019-20 season gets underway.

Sugar Bowl Resort reported it received 64 inches of fresh snow since last week, including 2 feet of snow that fell since Sunday.

“The cold winter storms we received over the Thanksgiving holiday set us up well for an incredible opening day, and helped us offer awesome early season conditions to skiers and riders who came up to celebrate the holiday weekend,” said Jon Slaughter, executive director of marketing and sales at Sugar Bowl Resort, in a news release. “Based on the forecasts we’re seeing, it appears the storm door has opened, and there’s much more snow in the forecast. We anticipate this will allow our teams to get even more terrain open quickly offering top-to-bottom skiing.”

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows said the mountains received 18 inches of snow since last night. Squaw Valley has received 75 inches of snow at its upper mountain since storms entered the region last week.

“Our Squaw Valley mountain manager says that the upper mountain snowfall we received this week is substantial compared to what we usually have at this time of the season,” Alex Spychalsky, public relations coordinator for Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows in an email to the Sun. “While this means we now have the coverage needed to start to assess opening new terrain, the process of opening new lifts and trails has only just begun. It will take our operations teams a few days to access parts of the upper mountain and prepare new terrain for the public, work that includes avalanche control, establishing access and safety roads, and marking boundaries and obstacles.”

Alpine Meadows reported a storm total of 59 inches of snow at its upper mountain. Tomorrow, Alpine Meadows will open its Treeline Cirque lift, which is the resort’s new $11 million, high-speed, detachable quad chairlift. The lift will open to its mid-station, giving guests access to beginner and low-intermediate terrain.

Northstar California Resort said it received 73 inches of snow since last week, while the area’s other Vail operated mountain, Kirkwood Mountain Resort, reported the highest total of any of the area’s resorts with 85 inches of snow since last week.

Tahoe Donner reported 36 inches of snow at its downhill area. On Donner Summit, Boreal Mountain California and Soda Springs were both hit with 69 inches of snow.

Around Lake Tahoe, Heavenly Mountain Resort said it received more than 3 feet of snow from the recent storms, Homewood Mountain Resort reported 18 inches of snow for a storm total, Sierra-at-Tahoe said it received 72 inches of snow at its summit, Diamond Peak and Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe each received 40 inches of snow.

While many of the area’s resorts benefited from snowfall, lower locations in the Tahoe Basin were hit with significant rainfall. Tahoe City had 2.72 inches of rain come down, according to the National Weather Service office in Reno. Incline Village received 2.38 inches of rain, and near Truckee, 1.77 inches of rain fell.

The Truckee-Tahoe area is forecast to receive more snow throughout the week.

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