May Your Tahoe Christmas Be White

December 12, 2011

Irving Berlin wrote it more than 70 years ago in sunny Arizona of all places, but the setting might as well been modern-day Lake Tahoe. With no snow on the ground and less than two weeks until December 25, everyone is dreaming of a “White Christmas.”

While Bing Crosby’s version of the song is the best-selling single of all time, if snow doesn’t come soon, many Tahoe-area residents and vacationers may be following the tune of Elvis Presley by having a “Blue Christmas” instead.

Last week, business owners relayed their confidence that the season on the whole will be a good one. Their unwavering aplomb is mostly buoyed by last year’s extremely deep snowpack and the subsequent strong economic numbers.

After all, it’s not every year there are several ski resorts open on the Fourth of July.

It is still considered early in the season as winter doesn’t officially start until December 22. Thus, most still cling to the hope and feeling that it will be yet another good ski and snowboard season.

Still, it is an economic boon to have all resorts open during the holidays, especially before New Year’s, as that is one of the most busiest times of the year. Even though it might not look too good at this point, history states there’s a good chance snow will be on the ground come Christmas Day.

According to the National Climatic Data Center, the historic probability of a white Christmas in Tahoe is 90%.

With mostly sunny skies forecasted for the next week or so, there may be a lot of doubters that history will repeat itself.

But, hey, at least the odds are better than they were for the original  “White Christmas” dreamer back in 1940’s Arizona.