LAKE TAHOE MOUNTAIN RESORT REPORT
MOUNTAIN RESORT REPORT©
DATE: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2018
FROM: CURTIS FONG – “THE GUY FROM TAHOE”
GOOD MORNING LAKE TAHOE SKIERS & RIDERS… IF YOU’RE VISITING, WELCOME TO LAKE TAHOE!
IT’S SUNDAY FUNDAY OF PRESIDENTS WEEKEND AND SNOW SHOWERS ARE IN THE FORECAST FOR THIS AFTERNOON… GET OUT EARLY… STRONG GUSTY WINDS ARE AFFECT THE OPERATION OF UPPER MOUNTAIN LIFTS… SQUAW, ALPINE, MT ROSE, MAMMOTH & HEAVENLY HAVE LIFTS CLOSED AND WIND HOLDS. CALL AHEAD! CONTINUE TO DO YOUR SNOW DANCE AND PRAY FOR SNOW… 6-10” POSSIBLE BY MONDAY WITH COLD TEMPS RETURNING…
TODAY’S WEATHER: Partly Cloudy with a chance of Showers in the morning, then Snow Showers likely in the afternoon. Snow accumulation up to 2 inches. Highs: 35F to 45F. Southwest winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 55 mph. Ridge Gusts up to 110 mph decreasing to 90 mph in the afternoon.
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT:
SNOW WILL CREATE SLICK DRIVING CONDITIONS MONDAY…
A strong fast moving cold front will move through the region during the day today with slick driving conditions likely in the Sierra and possible throughout the rest of the region.
In the Sierra snow accumulations of a few inches at all elevations with up to 5-8 inches along the higher passes will bring back winter driving conditions to the Sierra. You should anticipate travel restrictions and delays today and tonight in the Sierra.
In western Nevada, snow showers with light accumulations of snow around 0.5-1.0″ of snow are possible with up to 2 inches in some foothill locations.
A flash freeze will also be possible today where a small amount of snow falls, melts as it hits warmer ground surfaces, and then refreezes when the temperatures fall. The most likely areas for flash freeze will be in the lower valleys in western and west- central Nevada where the temperatures are expected to rise to the mid 40s today before cold front arrives. Keep in mind, it only takes 0.01 of precipitation flash freezing to the road to make for hazardous driving conditions, and it is nearly impossible to say exactly where this might happen.
So the best advice is, if you see precipitation falling or wet/snowy roads today be extra cautious since they could be even slipperier than usual.
WHAT TO WEAR: Dress, in layers with your or Jacket or Shell. Take good gloves, a hat or beanie, and wear a Helmet for Safety. Also wear Good (100% UV) Sunglasses or Goggles. Don’t forget to Stay Hydrated at altitude!
SURFACE CONDITIONS: Surface Conditions are Machine Groomed and Skier-Rider Packed Snow… Some areas of Firm Packed Snow with Fresh Machine Made Snow on select areas at resort that make snow… Watch for marked & unmarked obstacles…
SAFETY MESSAGE: Stay on designated Opened Trails only. Early Season Conditions Exist… Keep an eye out for marked and unmarked obstacles. Slow Down and observe safety signs on trails with high concentration of skiers and riders… Know the Code! Always stay in control. Be able to avoid objects and people in your Path! Please stop to side of the run where it is safe and always check uphill for skiers and riders before restarting down hill.
IF YOU VENTURE IN TO THE BACK COUNTRY “KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!” For more info: http://sierraavalanchecenter.org – See Backcountry Avalanche Watch posted at bottom of this report.
SOUTH SHORE LAKE TAHOE & SURROUNDING AREAS
*HEAVENLY MOUNTAIN RESORT: Reports a base of 33”. 13 Lifts & Tows are scheduled to operate (8:30-4)-WWP. Mountain access is from the California Base, (Heavenly Village Gondola on WIND HOLD); Stagecoach & Boulder Lodges on the Nevada Side. 10 Lifts & Tows will turn out of the California Base, open to Canyon (Sky Express CLOSED). All 6 Lifts & Tows CLOSED at the top of the Gondola. 2 Lifts will operate on the Nevada Side with Boulder & Stagecoach… all upper mountain lift Closed. 66 Trails are scheduled open (36MG). Comet & Groove Terrain Parks to open. Cal Side Downloading on Gunbarrel or the Tram. (MG & SKR PP / 29F / PCldy / Mod-Strong Winds). Sight Seeing Closed (8:30-4). Snow Tubing Closed (11-4) at the top of the Gondola. Guided UTV Tours Closed (10:30-3:30). Free Shuttle Buses are running to all base lodge facilities. (Hwy 207: Kingsbury Grade:) Call Ahead for updates: 1-800-HEAVENLY / www.skiheavenly.com
*SIERRA AT TAHOE: (Hwy 50:) Is open and reports a base of 41”. 9 Lifts & Tows will operate (9-4), including Easy Rider, Rock Garden, Nob Hiil, Short Stuff & Grandview Express. 25 Trails open (21MG). 2 Terrain Parks are open with 51 features (MG & SKR FP / 30F / PCldy / Lt-Mod Winds). Congratulations to their Gold Medal Olympic Athlete, Jamie Anderson! Complimentary Shuttles Buses are running from South Shore locations… For more info call: 530-659-7475 / www.sierraattahoe.com
*HOPE VALLEY OUTDOORS / CROSS COUNTRY: (Hwy 88/89: Luther Pass:/ Pickett’s Junction:) They have snow and the Yurt and trails are open (10-4) as conditions permit this weekend… They offer XC & Snow Shoe rentals and will point you to the best places. They have a Nature & History Hike & Snowshoe Sat. & Sun. from 1:00pm-3:00pm. Cost is $40. There is no charge to use trails in Hope Valley and in their trail system, but donations are gladly accepted. For more info: 530-721-2015 / www.hopevalleyoutdoors.com
*KIRKWOOD MOUNTAIN RESORT: (Hwy 88:) Is open and reports a base of 45”. Call Ahead… 12 Lifts & Tows are scheduled to operate (9-4)-WWP, with 6 Lifts out of the Village including Chairs #2, #5, #6, #10 & #11. 3 Lifts scheduled to the Backside with Chairs Vista, #3 & #4, Plus, e Lifts & Tows from Timber Creek including Chairs #7 & #9. 81 trails are scheduled to open (36MG). Outlaw & Bandit Terrain Parks are open. (MG & SKR PP / 24F / MCldy / Mod-Strong Winds). Kirkwood XC Center is open (9-4) with Rentals, Lessons & Guided Snow Shoe tours. XC Skiing is limited to the meadow. Call Ahead for updates: 877-KIRKWOOD / www.kirkwood.com
NEVADA & EAST SHORE RESORTS
*DIAMOND PEAK: (Hwy 28:) Is open and report a base of 26-38”. 6 Lifts are scheduled to operate (9-4)-WWP, including Lakeview, plus Crystal Express Quad for top to bottom skiing & riding. Red Fox, Ridge Lift, Lodge Pole & Schoolhouse Lifts will also turn. 18 trails are scheduled to open (13MG). 3 Terrain Park areas open with 15 features (MG & SKR FP / 37F / PCldy / Lt-Mod Winds). $79 Lift Tickets or $44 with valid season pass from any other resort… For more info, call: 775-831-1177 / www.diamondpeak.com
*MT. ROSE SKI TAHOE: (Hwy 431:) Is open and reports a base of 21-56”. 7 Lifts & Tows are scheduled to operate (9-4)-WWP, (with Blazing Zephyr 6, Northwest Magnum 6, Lakeview on WIND HOLD), Galena, Wizard, Magic East / West open. 49 runs are open (41MG). Plus, 3 T-Parks open with 22 features. The Chutes remain Closed. (MG & SKR PP / 21F / Clear/ Mod-Strong Winds). Call Ahead for updates. 800-SKIROSE / www.mtrose.com
TRUCKEE AREA RESORTS
*NORTHSTAR CALIFORNIA: (Hwy 267:) is open and they reports a base of 18-44”. 18 Lifts & Tows are scheduled to operate (8:30-4)-WWP, Accessing the Front Side, Backside & Look Out Mtn, including the Big Springs Gondola, Arrow Express, Comstock, Vista, Martis Camp & Tahoe Zephyr. 52 Trails are open (36MG) 3 Glades open. 3 T-Parks are open with 46 Features. (MG & SKR PP/ 30F / PCldy / Lt-Mod Winds). Village Ice Rink is open (4-9pm). Cross Country, Snow Shoe & Telemark Center is open (8:30-4) with Snowshoe tours, Fat tire bikes w/electric assist & telemark ski rentals. Call Ahead for updates call: 530-562-1330 / www.northstarcalifornia.com
*TAHOE DONNER SKI AREA: Is open with a base of 12”. 5 Lifts & Tows are scheduled to operate (9-4). Eagle Rock & Snowbird Chairs & 3 Conveyors serving beginner terrain… 2 Runs are open (2MG). Mini T-Park is open. (MG PP / 22F / MCldy / Lt Winds). For information call 530-587-9444 or visit www.skitahoedonner.com
TAHOE DONNER XC: The Adventure Center is open (10-3). XC Trails are closed, but they have trails open for Hiking, Fat Biking & Snow Shoeing with rentals available. (21F / MCldy / Lt Winds). $5 donation for use of trails. For more info: 530-587-9484 / www.skitahoedonner.com
DONNER SUMMIT RESORTS
*BOREAL MOUNTAIN RESORT: (I-80:) Is open and reports a base of 35”. 5 Lifts are scheduled to operate with 49er & Cedar Ridge (9-3) & Nugget Chair (10-4) Plus, Accelerator Express Quad to the top & Castle Peak Chair (9-9pm) for both day & night skiing. 28 trails are open (9MG) + Start Park, Easy Rider Park & Jibbasic Park are open. (MG & SKR PP / 24F / PCldy/ Lt-Mod Winds). Woodward Tahoe open daily, 12-8pm. 530-426-3666 / www.rideboreal.com
*SODA SPRINGS WINTER RESORT: is open Thursday thru Monday (10-4) with a base of 28”. The Lions Head Chair will operate, Plus, 2 Carpets open for beginner skiing & boarding. (MG / 24F / PCldy / Lt-Mod Winds). Planet Kids & Tube Town, Tube Carousel & Sleigh Rides are open for Family Fun. Call Ahead. 530-426-3901. www.skisodasprings.com
*SUGAR BOWL SKI RESORT: (I-80: /Hwy 40:) Is open and reports a a base of 24-47”. 9 Lifts & Tows are scheduled to operate (9-4)-WWP, including The Gondola, Kids Carpet, Lincoln Express, Christmas Tree, Disney, Nob Hill, Judah Express & Jerome Hill. 78 Trails are open (38MG). (MG & SKR FP / 23F / MCldy / Lt-Mod Winds). For more info: 530-426-1111 / www.sugarbowl.com
ROYAL GORGE XC: is Closed due to lack of Snow. Will reopen when conditions permit. They offer Groomed trails for XC, Shoe shoeing & Fat Tire Biking… Season Passes are still available. Call Ahead: 530-426-3871 / www.royalgorge.com
*DONNER SKI RANCH: (Hwy 40:) is Open for Snow Tubing this weekend… Closed for Skiing until they receive more snow… Call Ahead…. The Old 40 Bar & Grill is open daily from 11am-9pm. For more info: 530-426-3635 / www.donnerskiranch.com
WEST SHORE / NORTHLAKE TAHOE RESORTS
*HOMEWOOD MOUNTAIN RESORT: (Emerald Bay Rd: / Hwy 89:) is open on a base of 25-40”. 5 Lifts & Tows are scheduled to operate (9-4) including the Quail Chair, Madden Chair, Old Homewood Express, Magic Carpet & Happy Platter from their South & North Base. 16 Trails are open (11MG). Kolby’s T-Park open with a few features. (MG SKR PP/ 35F / PCldy / Mod Winds). Call Ahead for more info: 530-525-2900 / www.skihomewood.com
*GRANLIBAKKEN RESORT: (Hwy 89:) Ski & Snowboard Hill is open (9-4:30) on a 3” base. Poma Lift will be open half way to the top. Sled Hill is open. (MG / 37F / PCldy/ Lt Winds). Call Ahead: 530-581-7533 / www.granlibakken.com
TAHOE XC CENTER: (Hwy 28:) Is Closed due to lack of snow coverage. They will reopen when conditions permit. Season Passes available. For more info, Call: 530-583-5475 or www.tahoexc.org
*TAHOE CITY WINTER SPORTS PARK: The Tahoe City Ice Rink is open daily from 10am-8pm. Sledding is also open (9-5)… XC Skiing & Snowshoeing will be open when conditions permit. For more info: 530-583-5475 / www.tahoexc.org
*SQUAW VALLEY: (Hwy 89:) Is open and reports a base of 18-55”. 24 Lifts & Tows are scheduled to operate (9-4)-WWP, with 13 Lifts & Tows at the bottom, including Far East, Red Dog, KT22 & Squaw Creek, plus the (Funitel & Aerial Tram on WIND HOLD) to access the upper Mtn. (11 Lifts are scheduled to operate on the Upper Mountain All on WIND HOLD), including Granite Chief, Headwall, Gold Coast, Siberia & Shirley Lake. 79 Trails are to open (37MG) including the Mountain Run. Belmont & Gold Coast Terrain Parks are open. (MG & SKR PP / 25F / PCldy / Mod-Strong Winds). Mini Snowmobile & Snow Tubing open (11-4). Squaw-Alpine Shuttle Bus is operating daily (8:30-4pm). For more info: 530-452-4335 / www.squaw.com
*ALPINE MEADOWS: (Hwy 89:) Is open and reports a base of 18-40”. 11 Lifts & Tows are scheduled to operate (9-4)-WWP, serving the front side, including Roundhouse, Hot Wheels, Kangaroo, Scott, (Alpine Bowl & Summit Six on WIND HOLD). 48 trails are to open (22MG). Tiegel Terrain Park open. (MG & SKR PP/ 27F / PCldy / Mod-Strong Winds). Squaw-Alpine shuttle bus is operation daily (9-4pm). For more info: 530-581-8374 / www.skialpine.com
CENTRAL SIERRA RESORTS
*MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN: (Hwy 395:) Is open and reports a base of 36-84”. 27 Lifts & Tows are scheduled to operate (8:30-4)-WWP, with 13 Lifts accessed out of the Main Lodge, including the Lower Panorama Gondola ( Chairs 14/23 & Upper Gondola on WIND HOLD). 11 Lifts will operate out of Canyon Lodge, including the Village Gondola & 4 Lifts out of Eagle Lodge (Cloud 9 on WIND HOLD). 133 Trails are scheduled to open (79MG); Plus, 5 Terrain Parks open and 22’ & 8’ Half Pipes. (MG & SKR PP/ MCldy / 25F / Mod-Storng Winds). Congratulations to their Gold Medal Olympic athletes, Chloe Kim & Shaun White! Lift Tickets= $159. For more info, Call Ahead: 888-766-9778 / www.mammothmountain.com
*JUNE MOUNTAIN: (Hwy 395:) Is open and reports a trace of new on base of 8-24”. 6 Lifts are scheduled to operate, J1, J2, J3, J4, J6 & J7. 28 trails open (MG). (MG & SKR PP / MClear / 33F / Mod Winds). Operated by Mammoth Mountain with Season Passes available. For more info call: 760-934-2224 / www.junemountain.com
YOSEMITE SKI & SNOWBOARD AREA: Will open as conditions permit. They offer Skiing & Boarding as well as Snow tubing + XC & Snow Shoe Trails. For more info Call: 209-372-1000 #5 / http://www.travelyosemite.com/winter/yosemite-ski-snowboard-area/downhill-skiing-snowboarding/
DODGE RIDGE: Will reopen as Conditions Permit. Dodge Ridge is also one of the remaining Family owned ski resort… For more info: 209-536-5300 / www.dodgeridge.com
*BEAR VALLEY MOUNTAIN RESORT: is open and reports a base of 15”. 6 lifts & tows are scheduled to turn (9-4). 32 trails open (16MG). 2 T-Parks open. (MG, SKR FP / PCldy / 28F / Lt Winds). They have their Season Passes available. For More info, Call: 209-753-2301 #2 / www.bearvalley.com
BEAR VALLEY XC CENTER: Is closed until more snow. For more info: (Hwy 4:) 209-753-2834 / www.bearvalleyxc.com
CURENT ROAD CONDITIONS:
All Roadways in and around Lake Tahoe are OPEN and Free of Controls with the exception of these Highways with these restrictions:
No Restrictions reported on any Highways in and Around Lake Tahoe
For road construction delays, go to: www.tahoeroads.com
Call Ahead for updates. Or log on to www.nvroads.com
R1= Chains or Snow Tires Required
R2= Chains Mandatory with exception of 4WD with 4 Snow Tires
Buckle Up and Drive Safely… Always Carry Tire Chains unless you drive a 4WD or AWD Vehicle with Snow Tires. You can call 5-11 for updates or directly to both Caltrans and NDOT or source updated information at their websites.
CALIFORNIA: 800-427-7623 / www.dot.ca.gov
NEVADA: 877-NV-ROADS or 5-1-1 / www.nvroads.com