After a month of unseasonably warm weather, winter arrived in Lake Tahoe on Sunday evening and stuck around all day Monday as well.
The snow is continuing this evening in the Tahoe region, where as much as a foot of snow has been reported in some places, which is great news for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is forecasting an additional 3 to 6 inches of snow is possible by Tuesday morning.
Here’s a look at what some of Lake Tahoe’s ski resorts are reporting for anxious skiers and riders.
Northstar California: Twelve inches of snow fell at Northstar’s summit overnight Sunday, including 10 inches recorded at mid-mountain. Mountain managers say the snow is setting a solid base for the ski season, tentatively still nearly a month away.
“Winter is here,” said Director of Mountain Operations Jim Larmore. “The conditions are allowing us to start making snow a little earlier than we’d planned to. We’re firing up the snowmaking guns today to compliment the natural snow this storm has brought so we can take full advantage of our system
Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows: Both resorts have received the first significant snowfall of the 2013-14 winter season.
Overnight, Alpine Meadows received 10 inches of snow at the base and 14 inches on upper mountain.
Squaw received 5 inches of snow at the base and 10 inches on upper mountain.
The new snow comes almost exactly a month before the scheduled opening day at Squaw Valley. Squaw is slated to open Wednesday, Nov. 27, while Alpine is scheduled to open Friday, Dec. 13.
Heavenly Mountain Resort: In anticipation of a Nov. 22 opening day, Heavenly has fired its snowmaking system and has begun making snow at the top of the Gondola and on California Trail.
The resort received its first significant snowfall of the season last night with 6-8 inches of snow overnight on the mountain.
“We’ve enjoyed a long fall season, but with the drop in temperature, it’s time to focus on preparing for winter and begin making snow, ensuring we have the quality early season conditions,” said Pete Sonntag, vice president and chief operating officer of Heavenly. “There is something about this time of year leading up to the winter season. It holds so much promise, and you can feel the anticipation building in the community and among our staff. Starting up the snow guns signifies the end of one season and the beginning of another.”
Sierra-at-Tahoe: The resort’s website had a nice little note to cure anyone’s Monday blue: “Mondays aren’t so blue when the resort is covered in white!”
Sierra received 10 inches and counting on the top of the mountain and 9 inches in the base area.