Lake Tahoe ski resorts report up to 6 inches of new snow
January hasn’t been a very memorable one for skiers and riders, at least not in the way many would like it to be.
But a Tuesday storm livened up a month of largely quiet weather. On Wednesday morning Lake Tahoe area ski resorts reported up to 6 inches of new snow from the weather system.
While the storm isn’t likely to open much in terms of new terrain, the new snow gave a shot in the arm to those runs already open.
Former World Cup champion skier Daron Rahlves was out at Sugar Bowl Resort Tuesday and reported the conditions on Facebook.
“Amazing how a few inches gets all of us stoked to be on the mountain. I had a fun afternoon skiing off Disney at Sugar Bowl Resort today with a little throw back to winter,” Rahlves wrote Tuesday. “I was on the hunt for creamy inches and my first pow day of the New Year. Sad to say that, but nice to be out of the heat wave. Yesterday the groomers were awesome thanks to the grooming crew and I bet tomorrow will be even better.”
Nighttime temperatures have allowed many resorts to continue snowmaking operations while the wait for Mother Nature to cooperate continues.
The estimated amount of water in the statewide Sierra Nevada snowpack is at 27 percent of average for this time of year, according to information from the California Department of Water Resources. The fourth year of subpar snowfall has forced some Sierra resorts to suspend operations.
The runs that are open are holding up better than many would expect, according to Lake Tahoe resorts.
“The skiing has been great so far this season, especially for the average skier who’s looking to get out on the mountain and have some fun,” said Michael Radlick, spokesman for Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows in an email. “Our guests have been stoked with the snow this season, especially with the snowfall we got in December – especially over the Christmas/New Year’s holiday. Conditions have been prime for beginners and intermediate skiers coming up to the mountain, so the overall guest experience has still been very positive.”
Jaclyn Ream, spokeswoman for Diamond Peak Ski Resort agreed.
“We have 11 trails open. They all have coverage. There are no rocks,” Ream said Tuesday.
Ream said she’s been out on the hill several days over the past and the conditions have been better than the numbers suggest.
“Check it out for yourself. You’ll be amazed,” she said.
The new snow may need to hold up for awhile longer. Mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the high 40s are expected to return to lake level through Tuesday.
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