Snow Showers Expected Throughout The Week
With the holiday season almost upon us, the Tahoe region is sure to be busy over the next two weeks. Snow showers are expected throughout the week starting on Sunday 12/22, but accumulation will likely be limited. If you will be traveling around the region, be sure to make use of one of our many parking & transit resources, including free rideshares, free TART buses, carpool parking, and more. Thanks to an amazing amount of early season snowfall and the hard work of our snowmaking teams, Alpine Meadows should be fully open by Sunday, and we expect Squaw Valley to follow closely behind with the exception of the Silverado zone. Please know that we are expecting heavy winds as this storm arrives, so all operations are subject to change based on weather & conditions.
We will continue to update this blog with snow projections, pertinent road condition information, and other tips and tricks.
Please be aware that there may be chain controls, slow-moving traffic or road closures, especially on Donner Pass, if snow accumulation becomes significant. Check out the weather, road status, snow reports, and lift status links below as we move into a dynamic weather pattern. Travel safely and happy holidays!
Helpful Travel & Road Conditions Links
Save these links & use them to plan for your travel days.
- For the most in-depth, detailed forecast, visit the NOAA Weather forecast for Olympic Valley. Adjust the location according to your route.
- To view highway webcams, closure, chain control, and incident information in California, use the Caltrans Quickmap Website & App
- To view highway webcams, closure, chain control, and incident information in Nevada, use the NV Roads 511 Website & App
- To check the status of California highway closures, use Caltrans Highway Status
- For local information, check the CHP - Truckee Facebook Page. They are an active, responsive, and informative resource.
Squaw Alpine Conditions Information
This is where you'll find the best information on mountain conditions.
- Download the Squaw Alpine App for real-time info on weather, lift status and parking.
- Follow the Mountain Ops Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates.
- Check the Squaw Alpine Snow & Weather Report
- Check the Lift & Grooming Status
- Check the Squaw Alpine Weather Blog (updated daily)
Parking & Getting Around Squaw Alpine
During the holidays, plan ahead & leave extra time when traveling. Utilize the following resources to improve your experience.
- Get an early start in the morning, and CARPOOL if you can! Carpoolers get access to our premium Protect Our Winters parking lot by Plumpjack.
- Park at the Tahoe City Transit Center and take the TART bus into either mountain for FREE!
- If you're staying at a hotel, home, or vacation rental in either valley, you can summon Mountaineer for a FREE ride to the lifts instead of driving!
- To go between Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley without driving, use the Squaw Alpine Shuttle.
- For general parking information, please visit this page.
Winter driving conditions in the Sierra can change rapidly, so be prepared!
- Have extra water, food, necessary medication and warm clothing in the car with you. Be prepared to be waiting for long periods of time if the highways close.
- Carry chains and know how to use them.
- Do not leave the area without a full tank of gas.
- Become familiar with this list of Winter Driving Tips.