Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Record Breaking Winter 2017

Record Breaking Winter 2017

Snow, snow and more snow is whats on everyone’s mind here in Tahoe. With a record breaking January and resorts around Tahoe passing 600 inches this week, we have been blessed with our fair share of white gold. Squaw Valley has announced that they will now be open through July 4, 2017 for skiing. This will mark the 4th season that Squaw has been open for Independence Day, the last year being 2011. Mount Rose and Sugar Bowl have the most snow reported in the region with 680 inches for the season so far at Mt. Rose and 679 inches at Sugar Bowl. There is much talk about breaking 700 inches by the end of March.

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe: 680 inches
Sugar Bowl: 679 inches
Donner Ski Ranch: 670 inches
Squaw Valley: 623 inches
Boreal Mountain: 620 inches
Soda Springs: 620 inches
Alpine Meadows: 617 inches
Northstar California: 607 inches
Kirkwood Mountain: 601 inches
Heavenly Mountain: 600 inches
Sierra-at-Tahoe: 537 inches
Homewood Mountain: 525 inches
Tahoe Donner: 499 inches
Diamond Peak: 446 inches

How does this compare to years past? The winter is far from over and the statistics are considered unofficial but this could be an all-time record winter by the time the last snowflake falls. For example, the last “big” winter was 2010-11. Squaw Valley recorded 810 inches of total snow at 8,000 feet by the end of the '10-'11 season. As of Tuesday, Squaw Valley has a cumulative total of 623 inches already with 3 full months left until the end of the season. Northstar California reported 189” of snow for February alone, more than the 2015-16 season total.

Stormy days, rainy days, windy days and best of all blue bird days have all been a big part of this winter. It hasn't been all bliss with challenges like frequent power outages, school closures, flooding and a lot of snow removal. But, the incredible ski days make up for any inconveniences. The seemingly bottomless snow has covered Tahoe's forests offering endless options to roam in any direction on your nordic skis, snowshoes or on a snowmobile. The season so far has been full of stories that will all contribute to the legendary winter that is underway.

Keep it all coming Old Man Winter. It has been a wild ride and it’s not over yet!

Katie Tyler

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