Tahoe’s Heavenly Mountain Resort extends ski season, Kirkwood and Sierra-at-Tahoe open through late April
Projected closing dates for Tahoe-area ski resorts
Boreal: April 17
Diamond Peak: April 17
Donner Ski Ranch: April 10, then weekends as conditions allow
Granlibakken: April 15
Heavenly: April 24
Homewood: April 10
Kirkwood: April 17
Mt. Rose: May 8
Northstar California: April 17
Sierra-at-Tahoe: April 17 and as conditions allow
Soda Springs: Will stay open as conditions allow
Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows: May 30
Sugar Bowl: Will stay open as conditions allow
Tahoe Donner Downhill: April 10
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — North Shore ski areas won’t be the only ones extending their seasons into late April this year. On Monday, April 4, officials with Heavenly Mountain Resort announced it will continue ski and snowboard operations an extra week. Originally slated to close Sunday, April 17, the mountain will now continue with limited operations through Sunday, April 24.
“El Niño brought us incredible snow conditions this season,” Heavenly COO Pete Sonntag said in a news release, describing the reason for extending an extra week.
“We’ve got plenty of snow,” resort spokesman Kevin Cooper added. “It’s been a great winter.”
With the potential for more snow this weekend, to date Heavenly is reporting that it has received 341 inches of snow this season. Kirkwood Mountain Resort received 430 inches thus far, and nearby Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort recorded 450 inches.
“Right now it looks really, really good,” Sierra-at-Tahoe spokeswoman Thea Hardy said. “We’re seeing excellent coverage. It’s a stark difference from last year.”
While Sierra has not set an official closing date, they will remain open as conditions allow. Hardy said they will operate at least through Sunday, April 17, with the potential to extend beyond that date.
“It just depends on how the upcoming storms roll,” she explained.
Kirkwood Mountain Resort still plans to close its winter season Sunday, April 17.
Cooper said dates for both Heavenly and Kirkwood will likely remain in place.
Heavenly will close its California Lodge and Nevada side base areas after April 17. Skiers and snowboarders will have access to the Heavenly Village Gondola, Tamarack Express, Big Easy Chair and Dipper Express through the extra week.
Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows officials announced last week it plans to remain open through Memorial Day weekend, May 30, making their closing dates the latest for Tahoe Basin’s ski season.
“We’ll have seven-day-a-week skiing at one of the two resorts, if not both,” resort spokeswoman Liesl Kenney told the Sierra Sun last week. “We’ve got a 13-foot base. … I’m standing outside, and it looks like full-on winter out here. We have great coverage, and with two more months of skiing, we’re in a really good position.”
It will be the first time since 2011 that Squaw was able to remain open through May 30. Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe and Diamond Peak also announced extensions to their seasons. Mt. Rose will continue weekend operations through Sunday, May 8. Diamond Peak plans to close Sunday, April 17.
SNOW IN THE FORECAST
The Tahoe Basin could see some new snow at higher elevations as early as Friday night, April 8. OpenSnow.com is calling for up to 9 inches of snow at Heavenly and Kirkwood through the weekend. Another cold front may bring additional snow later next week.
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