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December 3, 2012
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Tahoe ski resorts report 2 to 4 feet of snow from recent storm

TAHOE/TRUCKEE - A day after most regional officials and residents were breathing a collective sigh of relief that forecast of major flooding in the Truckee area didn't pan out, Tahoe ski resorts are celebrating recent snowfall that serve as a solid base for the coming ski season.

According to various weather and ski resort reports, anywhere from 2 to 4 feet of snow fell at higher elevations in the Sierra Nevada since last Wednesday after a series of wet storms hit the region.

"You just never know how these storms are going to play out," said Andy Chapman, chief marketing officer of the North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association, in a Monday morning statement. "But Mother Nature cooperated and we've got new snow on the mountains."

According to a press release, Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe welcomed 45 inches of snow throughout the series of storms and has received a total of 100 inches of snowfall to date. On Donner Summit, Sugar Bowl Ski Resort is reporting storm totals of 44 inches, and Squaw Valley's upper mountain at 8,200 feet got 42 inches of snow.

Below is a list of eight major Tahoe ski resorts and their updated snowfall totals as of Monday morning, according to www.onthesnow.com:

Alpine Meadows: 23 inches of snow last 72 hours; 43 inches at the mountain summit (8,637 feet), 19 inches at lower mountain (6,835 feet).

Heavenly: 31 inches of new snow last 72 hours; 50 inches at the mountain summit (10,066 feet), 36 inches at lower mountain (6,564 feet).

Kirkwood: 32 inches of new snow last 72 hours; 46 inches at the mountain summit (9,800 feet), 32 inches at lower mountain (7,800 feet).

Mt. Rose: 29 inches of new snow last 72 hours; 65 inches at the mountain summit (9,700 feet), 38 inches at lower mountain (8,260 feet).

Northstar: 28 inches of snow last 72 hours; 60 inches at the mountain summit (8,610 feet), 18 inches at lower mountain (6,329 feet).

Sierra-at-Tahoe: 7 inches of new snow last 72 hours; 52 inches at the mountain summit (8,852 feet), 12 inches at lower mountain (6,639 feet).

Squaw Valley: 30 inches of new snow last 72 hours; 48 inches at the mountain summit (8,200 feet), 4 inches at lower mountain (6,200 feet).

Sugar Bowl: 18 inches of new snow last 72 hours; 40 inches at the mountain summit (8,383 feet), 10 inches at lower mountain (6,883 feet).

These snow totals are unofficial totals and can fluctuate as resorts update conditions. For extended reports for all Tahoe ski resorts, visit www.onthesnow.com or their respective websites.

According to the National Weather Service, another smaller wet storm is expected to hit the region this Wednesday, although it is unclear what the storm could bring in terms of rain and snow.


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Dec 3, 2012 01:46PM Published Dec 3, 2012 12:21PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.