The month of December started on a somber note for skiers and boarders in Reno-Tahoe – at the beginning of the month a couple of good early storms put down a base, but it was dwindling. But Mother Nature served up enough snow this week to more than make up for the paltry beginning of the season.
Powder hounds woke up to more than two feet of fresh snow today, and bluebird conditions at Alpine Meadows, where blue skies and moderate temperatures made for the perfect Sierra Nevada ski day. Check out more pics from Alpine over at our flickr site.
Reno-Tahoe’s 18 ski and board resorts all received strong snow totals from a week of on-again, off-again storms, with the biggest system hitting Christmas Day. Alpine’s official measurement as of Dec. 26 was nine feet of snow at the base, and more than 13 feet at the summit, ensuring plenty of snow for a long season.
Now is the time to book your Reno-Tahoe getaway and get a taste of this great snow. Shop online and get discounts on lodging and lift-ticket combos.
What started as a meager ski season with a couple good early season storms and then a long, warm lull, has evolved into a powder-seekers dream in the Sierra Nevada. The last week has brought several feet of new snow to area ski resorts, and another storm system is expected through Christmas Day to add a couple more feet to the total.
What does all this mean? It means it is time to take advantage of discounted rates and book a ski trip to Reno-Tahoe. You’ll be glad you did …
Our own Michael Henderson got a chance Sunday to stretch his ski legs at Incline Peak on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore on Sunday. And he was kind enough to make a video. The latest series of storms have brought light powder to the Sierra Nevada, making for ideal ski conditions.
Visitrenotahoe.com has stepped up efforts by creating searchable ski-planning Web pages with up-to-the-minute weather forecasts and snow conditions, pricing and driving directions. Users can browse Reno-Tahoe’s 18 ski and board resorts based on everything from difficulty to location, and get access to special offers and discounts.
The snow has been falling consistently since Saturday, with healthy snow totals at all area resorts – high-elevation totals may exceed three feet by next weekend, according to the National Weather Service, guaranteeing some serious powder turns, especially at higher elevations.
Snow conditions are provided by Onthesnow.com multiple times daily, ensuring frequent, accurate results. Bookmark our site, and use us as to plan your sierra ski vacation this winter.
Summit elevations in Reno-Tahoe range from 7,350 to 10,100 feet, and most years we get a 20-foot snow pack and a ski season that can last until the Fourth of July.
Reno-Tahoe boasts the largest concentration of ski and snowboard resorts in North America, all located within 90 minutes of the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Visitors can stay, play and experience a winter getaway with a unique mix of outdoor recreation, arts and culture, dining, entertainment and 24-hour Nevada-style gaming action right outside their hotel room door. Off the slopes you will find ice-skating, sledding, snowshoeing, or dog-sledding.
The inflating cost of flying can be a drag for skiers and boarders who often prefer bringing their own boards/skis/poles/boots to renting and having to deal with adjusting to new equipment. Luckily for skiers and boarders coming to Reno-Tahoe, chances are they will be flying an airline that doesn’t charge. Southwest Airlines, for example, is Reno-Tahoe International Airport’s biggest carrier.
Here is a breakdown of the baggage costs for carriers flying into Reno-Tahoe:
Alaska Airlines: First bag free, with no penalty for ski bags
Allegiant Air: First bag free, with no penalty for ski bags
American Airlines: First bag $15, with no additional penalty for ski bags
Delta Airlines: First bag free, with no penalty for ski bags
Horizon Air: First bag free, with no penalty for ski bags
Southwest Airlines: First bag free, with no penalty for ski bags
United Airlines: First bag $15, with no additional penalty for ski bags
U.S. Airways: First bag $15, subject to penalties for bags over 45 inches/114 cm and maximum weight of 50 pounds/23 kg.
It is worth noting that even if you can get your ski bag on the airplane for a reasonable price, airlines impose extra charges for bags that weigh over 50 pounds – with some charging in excess of $100.
Although we’ve had a couple healthy early-season storms in the Sierra Nevada the weather has been pretty dry the last couple weeks – but temperatures are finally dropping, which means that ski and board resorts have been aggressively building their bases with snowmaking.
Here are the latest opening day projections and resort updates for the beginning of the 2008-2009 ski and board season (as of Dec. 5 – conditions are subject to change.)
Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe: Open seven days a week turning two lifts with terrain features. Tickets are $20.
Sierra resorts are giving thanks, after Mother Nature dropped a few inches of fresh powder over the holiday. Heavenly announced a Friday opening, with more openings on the horizon. Check out our resorts finder and check in for announced opening days.
It should be noted that although others in the ski industry are hard at work minimizing their environmental footprint, the scorecard reflects negative value for new development – and several resorts are expanding their villages, on-mountain amenities and terrain.
What do Marco Sullivan and Daron Rahlves have in common? They are both badass skiers, they both hail from Lake Tahoe home mountains and they both have roles in Warren Miller’s newest ski-bum-movie incarnation, “Children of Winter.”
Miller has long ties to the Tahoe area, and although the movies that bear his name have evolved over the last few years, those ties remain strong as a new generation of filmmakers, athletes and producers continue his ski film legacy.
Check out the breakdown over at First Tracks, and if you can make it to the Reno screening of “Children of Winter” on Nov. 22, you’ll get to share the experience with a few thousand ski/board enthusiasts who turn the Reno Events Center into the region’s biggest pre-season party.