Ski Report

Weather

Spring snow leads some Sierra resorts to extend skiing into May

While the Sacramento area experienced partly cloudy skies and gusty winds Monday, after a weekend of highs in the 70s, a spring storm delivered several inches of snow to some parts of the Sierra. As of midafternoon, 11 inches of snow had fallen over the past 24 hours at Northstar California Resort north of Lake Tahoe. Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe announced Monday that, thanks to snow conditions, winter operations at the Lake Tahoe area’s highest base elevation resort will be extended to May 8.

Health & Fitness

What's new at Tahoe ski resorts for the 2015-16 season

California’s last ski season was knocked flat by a double punch – weeks of warm weather, coupled with a sheer lack of precipitation. When clouds did drift above the state’s mountain ranges, they tended to dribble rain instead of snow. That resulted in swaths of brown, bare earth instead of sleek white slopes, prompting many early closures by winter resorts.

Ski Report

As snow falls, hopes rise at Sierra ski resorts

The atmosphere on the ski slopes around Lake Tahoe was giddy this week as beleaguered resort operators planned their earliest opening in years, a response to November storms and cold temperatures that allowed them to supplement nature by making snow.

Business & Real Estate

Drought alters the face of Tahoe tourism

Seven Tahoe-area ski resorts have closed down early this season because of the lack of snow. California’s drought is forcing resort operators to find new attractions to lure tourists, from live music to zip lines and mountain biking. “We have to be in the mountain recreation business, not the winter business,” a ski-industry expert said.

Videos

Ski patrol explains avalanche control at Squaw Valley

Squaw Valley avalanche control director Will Paden shows how his team protects skiers from avalanches at the Sierra resort. Additional video by TAS provided by Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows.
Brad Branan The Sacramento Bee
Ski patrol explains avalanche control at Squaw Valley 1:40

Ski patrol explains avalanche control at Squaw Valley

Rescue dogs ready to search for skiers 2:10

Rescue dogs ready to search for skiers

Video: More snow boosts Sierra's winter sports season 0:57

Video: More snow boosts Sierra's winter sports season

Video: Snow enthusiasts get jump on season 1:22

Video: Snow enthusiasts get jump on season