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Sierra-at-Tahoe, Kirkwood to close this weekend

Sebastian Foltz
sfoltz@tahoedailytribune.com
Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort and U.S. Olympic freeskier Maddie Bowman airs off of a jump during a photo shoot at Sierra this spring.
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TWIN BRIDGES, Calif. — Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort’s ski season started with its earliest opening day in 11 years last Nov. 20. Following close to five months of daily offerings and 466 inches of snowfall, the resort announced this week that the mountain will conclude normal operations for the season Sunday, April 17. Resort staff will host an additional customer appreciation day Monday, April 18, with limited offerings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“The day is to thank our pass holders for a great season,” resort spokeswoman Thea Hardy said.

Season passes will still be valid and guests will be able to purchase day passes Monday at a reduced rate of $30.

The mountain’s “official” closing day, Sunday, will include live music and a Hawaiian theme. Guests are encouraged to dress up.

“It’s kind of a ‘mahalo’ theme,” Hardy said.

Both the front side and West Bowl are expected to be open through the weekend.

Recapping the season, Hardy added, “It was a really, really good reminder of how great winter can be in Tahoe.”

The mountain was able to operate for 150 days this winter, a stark contrast from the drought-stricken 2014-15 season, which included only 94 days.

“It was a good return to normalcy,” Hardy said, having earlier described both season pass sales and daily visits as being up significantly over the previous winter.

Heavenly and Kirkwood scale back for closing days

Kirkwood Mountain Resort will also conclude its winter season Sunday, April 17, with limited offerings. The mountain closed its backside last week and will continue frontside operations through the weekend.

“It’s been a great year,” Kirkwood and Heavenly Mountain Resort spokesman Kevin Cooper said. “You couldn’t have asked for a better season.”

Heavenly will scale back its operations after this weekend and close for the season Sunday, April 24 — a week later than originally planned. The California Lodge base area is already closed for the season. The upper California side will remain open through the weekend along with the Nevada side base area. Skiers and snowboarders will have access to the Heavenly Village Gondola, Tamarack Express, Big Easy Chair and Dipper Express through the extra week.