Opening day at Sugar Bowl ski resort in Lake Tahoe is quite special this year.
Why? Because Sugar Bowl ski resort received quite the opening-day present – 18-22 inches of fresh powder snow!
“We couldn’t ask for much better conditions for opening day,” Sugar Bowl spokesperson John Monson said. “The temperatures are very low, so it’s the light, dry snow that skiers and riders live for.”
Sugar Bowl ski resort is offering three lifts with access to 11 trails. Sugar Bowl ski resort, located off Interstate 80 at Donner Summit, has 1,500 feet of vertical and skiing and snowboarding from top to bottom.
The Sugar Bowl operating plan is to close midweek starting Monday (Dec. 9), then reopen for the season on December 14.
The snow storm was a welcome site to Lake Tahoe ski resorts, which have been waiting for a sizable snow storm to hit and bolster its modest snow overall totals.
There are currently eight Lake Tahoe ski resorts open for skiing and snowboarding. A little snow play is available at several of Lake Tahoe’s ski resorts as well.
Heavenly ski resort gets 18 inches of powder
The Lake Tahoe snow storm added 12-18 inches of fresh snow at Heavenly ski resort. The resort has a solid start to the season with 24 inches at base level and 30 at the summit. Heavenly is expected to open two more lifts today – Comet and Big Easy.
The six other ski resorts that are currently open – Kirkwood, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Boreal Mountain, Mt Rose, Northstar California, Squaw Valley – all received more than a foot of snow at its base level and more at their summit.
The National Weather Service is calling for a 90 percent chance of snow today in the Lake Tahoe region. But the snowfall will only be modest, likely 2-4 inches.
Temperatures will remain chilly today with a high in the Lake Tahoe region in the low 20s. The daytime and evening temperatures will be creeping upward. By Tuesday the forecast for daytime temperatures is 45 degrees, yet the lows are being reported as close to zero.
Lake Tahoe ski resort openings
• Boreal Mountain: Nov. 6
• Heavenly Mountain: Nov. 23
• Northstar California: Nov. 23
• Kirkwood Mountain: Nov. 24
• Mount Rose: Nov. 27
• Squaw Valley: Nov. 27
• Sierra-at-Tahoe: Dec. 6
• Sugar Bowl: Dec. 7
• Diamond Peak: Dec. 12
• Alpine Meadows: Dec. 13
• Homewood Mountain: Dec. 13
• Tahoe Donner: Dec. 13
• Soda Springs: Dec. 13
• Donner Ski Ranch: TBA