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Tahoe’s Heavenly Mountain Resort extends ski season, Kirkwood and Sierra-at-Tahoe open through late April

Sebastian Foltz
Skiers and snowboarders ride a chairlift at Heavenly Mountain Resort last month. March storms allowed area resorts to extend their ski seasons into late April and May. Heavenly announced this week that they will close winter operations Sunday, April 24.
Courtesy / Heavenly Mountain Resort |

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

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.”

As of April 13, Heavenly reported receiving 341 inches of snow this season. Kirkwood Mountain Resort has received 430, 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.”

Sierra will continue full operations through Sunday, April 17. While Sunday will be the resort’s official closing day, Hardy said the mountain will host a shortened customer appreciation day Monday, April 18. Lifts will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with discounted lift tickets Monday.

Kirkwood Mountain Resort plans to close its winter season Sunday, April 17.

Cooper said dates for both Heavenly and Kirkwood will likely remain in place.

Heavenly recently closed its California Lodge base area, however the upper California side will remain operational through April 17. The Nevada-side base area is expected to close 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.

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