Weekend Preview: December 16-17

Category: Operations Blog

We're in store for another beautiful, sunny weekend of skiing & riding. The temperatures will cool down a bit with some wind and highs in 30s, so bring an extra layer to lap the slopes. 

24 Lifts, 75+ Runs, 1,000 Skiable Acres Open
Nelly Steinhoff shredding on December 11, 2017. Photo: Ben Birk

With 1,000 acres, 24 lifts and over 75 trails open at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, we have the most terrain open and most variety in Tahoe right now! Nightly temperatures have been consistently cold, allowing us to make snow and continuously open terrain, with plans to open even more in the coming days. 

Nelly Steinhoff, Moss Halladay and Taylor Grey Spinny lapping Gold Coast December 11, 2017. Photo: Ben Birk

Grab your family, friends, ski buddies (or just show up and make some new ones on the lift) and come check out all the open terrain. We have plenty of beginner slopes, groomed runs, lake views and top-to-bottom skiing at both mountains. If you're feeling adventurous, check out some of the newly opened off-piste terrain including the backside of Emigrant and Kitchen Wall!

The Snow is sticking around!

Even though we're still anxiously awaiting the next big storm, the snow we already received (64" so far up high!) has been sticking around due to cool temperatures, short daylight and low angle of the December sun. Here are some stats on snow levels compared to last year:

  • In November 2017 we had 144% of average snowfall from the past 45 years

  • We have more lifts and trails open today than we did this date last year: 24 out of 42 lifts open, 73 out of 270 trails open, with terrain for all ability levels, plus terrain parks and weekend snowtubing

  • We've already opened some of our most well-known advanced terrain back in November (Palisades, Siberia) that wasn’t even open mid-December the previous year

Fun Conditions

Thanks to all the November snowfall and amazing work from our snowmaking, grooming and terrain park teams, conditions are really fun right now! Check them out: 

The forecast is calling for a slight chance of light snow Friday night, and some high gusts of wind forecasted for Saturday. Be sure to tune into our mobile app, lift & grooming page and Operations Twitter for the most up-to-date information on what's spinning! 

Terrain Parks
Tim Humphreys and Matt Schaffer in the Gold Coast park on December 12, 2017

Our terrain parks continue to draw some of Tahoe's best local shredders as well as those working to hone in their park skills. Check out what features are up at Squaw and Alpine here

Merry Days & Holly Nights (Dec 16-31) Kicks Off

The mountains will come alive with holiday cheer this weekend as Santa arrives in the Village this Saturday! Merry Days & Holly Nights  kicks off with Opening Ceremonies on Saturday at 4pm. There will be a Kids Carnival in the Olympic House, a glow stick parade with fire ninjas and Santa, a Tahoe Fire Dancers performance in Merry Wonderland (OVL) and even a Singing Christmas Tree. On Sunday, you can catch Santa in the Village, on a horse drawn sleigh ride, or for a free story telling

On the Slopes

Check out the week's conditions shared by local skiers and riders!