Sierra Snowfall Records Broken

Untracked PowderWow! This last series of storms pushing through California has turned a great season into for the record books and an epic one in the minds of skiers and snowboarders. There’s no doubt that this season’s major dumpage will be remembered and talked about for years to come. Most of the Lake Tahoe resorts are well over 500″ for the season, with some having eyes on 700″ before 2011 is wrapped up.

Kirkwood has received over 170″ in the last 7 days and Squaw Valley has over 225″ so far totaled for the month of March. The forecast shows that a few more feet may fall before the next ridge of high pressure moves in beginning early next week. As you can image, some of the usually gnarly lines are now filled in so many skiers & riders are now able to claim some otherwise untouchable terrain or drops.

With all of the snow, Squaw had to delay by 3 weeks the opening of their outdoor pool at High Camp. Word to the wise, I got into the High Camp pool one sunny Spring day at 1pm and proceeded to stay in until 3pm. So before taking the plunge, ask yourself if you are ready to call it quits on skiing or snowboarding for the day.

I-80 was closed in both directions on Thursday and into Friday as visibility was listed as “zero” on the CalTrans website. For those lucky enough to be in the Tahoe area, this was good new as nobody else was coming in to poach your line. Word on the hills was that it was waist deep to bottomless. So not only has the Sierra had some big dumps, they’ve also been lucky to get some cold, arctic air mixed in so the snow quality has been phenomenal.

Mammoth Mountain was on the receiving end of 25″ – 44″ of snow in the last 24hrs with with an 88″ storm total.  If you recall, Mammoth had a monster of a storm earlier this season, right over the Holidays, where that storm total was over 175″. After this weekend, Mammoth should be over 600″ total for the season. This mountain is renowned as one of the best Spring skiing destinations in the U.S., so maybe its time to make some plans.  I am pretty sure the base of 17 – 27ft should last into June.

If you are not into Spring skiing, then this is your year to buy a Spring Pass as the conditions now are better than is usually present during the peak of the season. The long range forecast also shows some wet weather coming in April to bring even more snow. If you are into Spring skiing, then this is probably going t o be your best one ever. Additionally, many of the Lake Tahoe Ski Areas have extended their season, so your pass will get you some extra days. The Mt Rose Ski Pass allows you to ski the rest of 2011 and all of 2012, so you could really rack up some serious vertical on your pass.


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