With the help of our loyal snow dancers and Mother Nature, Heavenly was able to reap the benefits of this weekend’s snow storm adding additional trails and expanding our skiable terrain. Between Friday, February 7th and Monday, February 10th we received over three-feet of fresh snow. Just how did this storm develop?
Friday’s skies were overcast with light snow flurries. As the morning progressed the snow flurries dramatically became larger and wetter. We anxiously awaited the big storm, looking to the sky for clues on what exactly we had coming.
The morning of Saturday the 8th I came into the snow reporting office and read two-inches had fallen overnight. It was raining at the office but snow was falling on-mountain. Our prediction was for 7-11 inches of daytime snow. Tahoe was in a “bulls-eye of precipitation”. Temperatures ranging in the mid to upper 30s challenged Mother Nature, it rained in town but the snow line remained below our slopes. During the day Heavenly Mountain received 4inches of snow. Not quite the total we were hoping for but a good start to the storm that held most of Tahoe’s attention.
Sunday morning the lake-level roads collected water, looking like a river in some places instead of a road. On the mountain, the overnight snow stake read 12 inches, a full foot of new snow on top of Heavenly! From 5am to 6am we received three inches of snow. From there, it kept coming down, harder and bigger snowflakes. From 6am to 11:30 we had received another 7 inches, blanketing our trails and practically begging Ski Patrol to open new terrain. Ropes were removed and new snow-covered trails were opened to the public. Our lucky riders/skiers got first tracks on Upper Stagecoach, Pinnacles, Meteor, Upper Comstock, Upper Mineshaft, and Upper Ellie’s just to name drop a few.
Monday the 10th, our on-mountain snow stake read another 4 inches and it was still snowing. Scattered snow showers continued to around noon. The clouds broke apart and blue skies marked the end to the storm that brought 37 inches of new snow.
We opened new terrain including black diamond Milky Way Bowl, The Face, and lower-mountain’s Powderbowl Trees. We now have 65 trails accessible across NV and CA with over 33 miles of skiable terrain on 2240 acres of the Sierra Mountains. This storm raised Lake Tahoe’s water level 4 inches.
As we look to the week ahead, we will continue to open and groom new terrain until we’re 100% open and 100% awesome. Next up: Galaxy and Mott Canyon (Super Happy Face!)
Heavenly Mountain is going into President’s weekend with our best conditions and most terrain of the season.
-Austyn Harrington, Heavenly Snow Reporter and Tahoe Local