Winter Storm Dumps Two Feet of New Snow on Lake Tahoe - More Ski Resorts Open, Reports

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Cold weather and a major winter storm blanketed Lake Tahoe with more than two feet of new snow late last week and over the weekend.

Colder temperatures and the storm everyone has been waiting for finally hit the Lake Tahoe basin bringing with it fresh powder and happy faces. According to the editors at, Tahoe’s busiest travel & tourism web site that provides viewers with up to date information on Lake Tahoe ski resorts, weather forecasts, road conditions and daily ski resort snow reports, there are seven alpine ski & ride resorts now open, with several more set to open soon, and two cross-country resorts open.

“Kirkwood reported 32 inches of new snow at its summit from this last storm and Heavenly reported over two feet of the fresh white stuff,” according to Lindsey Skinner, editor at Lindsey added, “The forecast calls for cold temps and sunny skies which is the perfect combination for power skiers and boarders but also for folks that prefer the groomers”.

On Tahoe’s North Shore, Sugar Bowl timed its opening perfectly opening Saturday for weekend skiing until December 14th when they plan to open full-time. Squaw, Boreal, and Sugar Bowl all reported over a foot of new snow from the storm.

For cross country enthusiasts, the storm did the trick with Royal Gorge XC opening 13 trails and 14km today. Tahoe XC is open with 16km of trails.

For non skiers or riders, Heavenly opened its Adventure Peak Sledding and Boreal opened its tubing operations. Granlibakken, one of Tahoe’s best kept secrets on the North Shore, has its novice slope and sledding hills open for business.

Transportation - Interstate 80 and Highway 50 are both open as is the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

Here is a list of the Lake Tahoe alpine ski resorts that are now open:

North Lake Tahoe:

1 - Squaw Valley
2 - Northstar California
3 - Boreal
4 - Sugar Bowl (weekends)
5 - Mt. Rose

South Lake Tahoe:

6 - Heavenly
7 - Kirkwood

Alpine Meadows, Squaw’s sister resorts in their still new partnership, is scheduled to open December 13th along with Homewood and Tahoe Donner.

Since it’s time to ski and ride, here are a few lodging options worth noting in North and South Lake Tahoe:

North Lake Tahoe (CA and NV)

1 - Near Diamond Peak - Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino… Located in picturesque Incline Village on the “Nevada side”, the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe offers guests AAA Four Diamond luxury lakeside accommodations, a casino floor, restaurants (including Lone Eagle Grille & Cutthroat’s Saloon) and is close to Diamond Peak, Mt. Rose and Northstar California.

2 - Near Northstar California - The Village at Northstar™ … Beautiful luxury accommodations in the beautiful village at base of Northstar. Steps from the Heavenly gondola, skating rink, restaurants and shopping.

3 - Near Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows - Resort at Squaw Creek… Full service luxury resort with ski-in, ski-out access to Squaw. Also features a skating rink, multiple restaurants, outdoor pool and shopping.

South Lake Tahoe (CA and NV)

1 - Near Heavenly - Horizon Casino Resort Lake Tahoe… Where you can walk across the street to the Heavenly Gondola. Low, value room rates and large enough rooms where ski groups can fit more people into one room than other places to stay in the area.

2 - Near Heavenly - The 3 Peaks Resort & Beach Club… Offers guests Tahoe style motel rooms, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites and a nice 5-bedroom cabin. Rates are always low and they offer an outdoor Jacuzzi and are pet friendly. You can walk to Lake, Heavenly Gondola and casinos.

3 - Near Heavenly – The Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel & the Forest Suites both offer a great location and suites. The Lakeside Inn and Casino is also in a great downtown Stateline location walking distance to it friendly slots and the Heavenly Gondola.

4 - Near Kirkwood – Pyramid Peak Properties offers a fantastic selection of slope-side, family friendly and pet friendly vacation rental homes and condos near Kirkwood.

Airport Transportation Tip – How to get from the Reno-Tahoe Airport easily and without spending a fortune? Call Jerry Keys…. Find Jerry here:

Check the TahoesBest weather page for up to date Lake Tahoe weather reports, weather forecasts, radar maps, road conditions, Caltrans traffic cams, webcams, and daily ski resort now reports.

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