This past weekend Heavenly Mountain was blessed by Mother Nature with 20 inches of new snow. Ropes were lifted and new terrain opened. Skiers and riders realized that the Tahoe winter is far from over. The weekend was full of pow slayin’ conditions and whoops and hollers throughout our fresh, mountain air.
Wednesday, February 26th I came into the snow reporting office optimistic. A large Eastern Pacific trough was expected to spawn two storm systems. Around noon Western Weather released a second forecast, predicating a short period of heavy snow overnight. The entire Tahoe community must have done some sort of snow cry, for Thursday morning we were all in for a glorious surprise…new snow.
At 5:00 a.m. on Thursday morning we reported 8-10” of fresh snow. Light snow showers continued to fall throughout the day. We anxiously waited for more, knowing that the second wave of the storm was on its way to the Tahoe Basin.
On Friday, Febuary 28th skies were overcast and light snow flurries began early morning. By 9:00 AM heavy snow was falling, and by noon we had 4-6” of new snow on-mountain. South Lake Tahoe was back on track with winter weather.
It continued to dump snow all day, leaving us another three inches before the mountain closed. Our lucky skiers and riders were able to shred fresh tracks and finish the day with snow beards and smiles.
The weekend lived up to its high expectations. The skiers and boarders that got to enjoy the best conditions of the season are stoked to see more winter in our upcoming forecast.
We’ve experienced scattered snow showers since Saturday and are expecting flurries to continue. Skies should remain mostly cloudy during the days and temperatures will continue to drop in the evenings to preserve our snow.
We are expecting another couple of systems to make their way into the Tahoe Basin very soon. Keep up the snow dancing and we will see ya on the slopes shredding fresh pow!
~Austyn Harrington, Heavenly Snow Reporter