It might two days before the first day of Spring, but Winter in Tahoe is hanging on until the bitter end. We have had spring conditions sandwiched between winter storms, and this pattern is continuing into this weekend. With the majority of the ski and snowboard season behind us, we are all trying to fill the next month with turns on the hill. Come up and enjoy our Miracle March with a last minute trip to South Lake Tahoe.
Miracle March vs. California Drought
After a dry February, everyone was waiting to see what March would bring. El Nino came through, and we had a solid storm at the end of February, and then again in the first weekend of March. Miracle March is back, and nobody is complaining.
The last storm we received dropped three to six inches of precipitation across California. Although the precipitation did make a difference in our overall ski and snowboard season, it only made a small dent in aiding the California drought. Snow is extremely important to help abate the drought, as the deep snow pack fills up the reservoirs when it begins to melt in the spring. With the recent warm weather (our mid-day temperatures have been in the 50s) the snow pack is already starting this melting process. Reservoirs are filling up (and so is Lake Tahoe), but its not enough to make a big change. Reservoirs are always kept under their max water levels in Spring, to act as storage during flooding. As we have already hit this level, many dams have already been opened.
However, even given this not-so-optimistic news on the overall drought, Tahoe has been taking full advantage of the snow pack we do have. It felt more like a ‘normal’ season than it has in years. Which means, that as we move into Spring, the spring skiing conditions are better than ever.
Let’s take a look at the current snow statistics being reported by the South Shore mountains:
Heavenly Mountain Resort
Season Total: 323 inches
Base Depth: 92 inches
Northstar California Resort
Season Total: 412 inches
Base Depth: 57 inches
Season Total: 413 inches
Base Depth: 107 inches
Season Total: 434 inches
Base Depth: 72 inches
According to OpenSnow our Miracle March is not quite over yet. There will be a break in our current warm weather on Sunday, which is ironically the first day of Spring. Temperatures will begin to drop on Sunday, and precipitation to starting falling Sunday night and into Monday. They are forecasting that Tuesday could be a cold one, and then by Wednesday Winter relinquishes its hold back to Spring. Like most Spring storms, the snow totals vary drastically depending on elevation. We could see anywhere from four inches all the way up to 40 inches. Our fingers are cross for the latter, and we are not putting our powder ski’s away just yet.
With the storms being followed by warm weather, you can get in powder skiing followed by perfect spring skiing conditions. The Spring skiing in Tahoe is the best of anywhere in the country. Most of those traveling from the East Coast don’t get to experience Spring skiing with no ice. And at Heavenly, you can end your day basking in the sun looking at Lake Tahoe. What else could you want?
Here are the tentative closing dates for the 2015/2016 skiing and riding season:
Heavenly Mountain: April 17, 2016
Northstar California: April 17, 2016
Kirkwood Mountain: April 10, 2016
Sierra at Tahoe: April 20, 2016
Come Stay With Us
Because we want you to be able to enjoy the fabulous skiing we are having, we are offering you an incentive to come ski! Take advantage of the remaining weekends of the ski season, and book your trip today! If you are considering buying passes for next season, call the pass office at your mountain of choice. Many mountains offer incentives for buying passes early, such as enjoying riding the rest of the season as well as summer benefits.
Use code MiracleMarch16 for a 10% discount.
Booking Period is between March 17, 2016 and April 15, 2016 for stays between March 17, 2015 and April 17, 2016. Discount is off the nightly rate only. Only one promotion per reservation.