North Shore prepares for the end |

North Shore prepares for the end

Jeremy Morrison

Despite the recent snowy weather, the inevitable end of the ski season has become obvious. But, those reluctant to toss their winter gear into the closet still have a precious few more weeks to get their jollies in the snow.

On the West Shore, Homewood Mountain Resort closed for the season April 2. The resort was the second in the North Tahoe area to close, falling in behind Diamond Peak. Farther north, Tahoe Donner ski area has also closed.

Squaw Valley USA will make every effort to remain open until the end of May, according to a spokesperson. The resort is currently operating at 90 percent of capacity, with only the Silverado chair lift closed for the season. Night skiing is currently open.

The last day of operation for Northstar-at-Tahoe is slated for April 22. The resort is offering $26 lift tickets, as well as a $99 spring pass for college students. On their final day of operation, Northstar will offer $15 tickets.

Alpine Meadows Ski Area is aiming for Memorial Day as a closing date, said Robert Olmer, director of sales and marketing, adding that it all depends on future weather conditions. Offering a deal for other-mountain passholders, Alpine will sell tickets for $25 to visitors from other resorts. The ski area has also come out with next year’s Choice Pass; working much the same as this year’s pass – allowing passholders free roam of both Alpine and Sugar Bowl – the dual-access, midweek pass is on sale for $544 from April 15 until May 31.

Sugar Bowl ski area is shooting to stay open until April 22. While the mountain’s operation is scaled down on weekdays, it is running at 100 percent during the weekends. The resort is offering discounted tickets for $25.

Although they have shut down their backside, as well as night skiing, Boreal is also planning to push on until April 22.

For those cross country enthusiasts, it’s time to hit the stationary machine – all area cross country skiing centers have closed for the season.

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