Presidential Decree: Snow Ideal for Tahoe Trip

February 13, 2012

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”

While he was talking about life in a metaphorical sense, with a small storm currently hitting Lake Tahoe and another coming Wednesday, that right place may be on the slopes of a local ski resort.

After a record dry December and mostly sunny days in January, Old Man Winter has decided to wake up from his extra long nap.

The storms rolling through aren’t very big, but a slow, steady stream of snow showers is finally leaving behind the fresh powder skiers, snowboarders, sledders, and snowman builders have been anticipating.

With sunny skies expected after the next storm rolls through, Lake Tahoe is shaping up to be the ideal place to be for the upcoming Presidents’ Day holiday weekend. That is double good news for all those who opted to skip going to the mountains over the Christmas break due to lack of snow.

The current storm, which is expected to leave 4 to 9 inches of snow behind, comes on the heels of a small disturbance that moved through a few days ago that left 3 to 12 inches. The storm later in the week will only add to those welcoming totals.

As George Washington said, “Truth will ultimately prevail when there is pains to bring it to light.”

The truth of the matter is with optimal weather expected and fresh snow on the ground, doing anything else but heading to Lake Tahoe for the Presidents’ Day weekend might be a pain too much to bear.

Lake Tahoe Ski Resort Conditions (and climbing)

Alpine Meadows – 26-58″/12″ new

Boreal Ski Resort – 29-36″/8″ new

Diamond Peak – 30-40″/4″ new

Heavenly Ski Resort – 25-35″/6″ new

Homewood – 33-46″/8″ new

Kirkwood – 52-58″/12″ new

Mt. Rose – 28-46″/6″ new

Northstar-at-Tahoe – 26-34″/5″ new

Sierra-at-Tahoe – 39″/9″ new

Squaw Valley – 26-41″/8″ new

Soda Springs – 24-30″/8″ new

Sugar Bowl – 19-38″/8″ new

For first-rate Lake Tahoe and Truckee accommodations, feel free to visit Goldfish Properties at or call 1-800-948-7311.

Tahoe Ski Resorts Ready to Ring in Holiday Crowds

December 20, 2011

As the popular saying goes, “Use what Mother Nature brings you before Father Time takes it away.”

While a very astute quote regarding life, when it comes to skiing and snowboarding in Lake Tahoe this holiday season, resort officials have decided to bring in their own weather as time continues to tick away.

Snow Making

There is no substitute for Mother Nature, but apparently  those in Tahoe are doing the best they can to make up for her interim absence.

Despite not a single snowflake falling from a cloud in weeks, there are more than 10 area resorts open for the holidays thanks to man-made snow. Below is a list of open ski areas, with a rough estimate of snow conditions in parenthesis:

Open Tahoe Ski Resorts

Alpine Meadows (18″)

Boreal Ski Resort (24″)

Diamond Peak Resort (24″)

Heavenly Ski Resort (24″)

Homewood (6″)

Kirkwood (11″)

Mt. Rose (16″)

Northstar-at-Tahoe (18″)

Sierra-at-Tahoe (8″)

Squaw Valley (12″)

Sugar Bowl (21″)

Having so many resorts open without a storm hitting the region in more than a month may seem odd. After all, the sunny skies are more apropos for a nice hike or day at the beach.

Yet, while Mother Nature refuses to bring what ski resort officials really want – white, fluffy snowflakes and lots of them – she is offering extremely low temperatures. And that has allowed snow-making machines to cover several designated areas and runs in frozen white gold.

Thus, while there are only a few scattered white patches on the north sides of roads throughout the Tahoe Basin, many mountain ski runs are covered at least a foot deep in snow.

As the popular saying goes, “The condition that Mother Nature is in, is the condition we are all in.”

While Father Time rapidly takes away the last few remaining days of 2011 and the weather continues to remain sunny, those conditions at Lake Tahoe ski resorts – to the delight of skiers and snowboarders – remain stormy.

Have a Wonderful Tahoe Holiday!

Lake Tahoe a Winter Resort Wonderland

October 19, 2011

All those searching for the perfect ski destination this winter might want to take a look in the direction of Lake Tahoe.

There are fabulous locations throughout the United States that provide superb alpine terrain for skiers and snowboarders, such as Vail, Park City, Jackson Hole, Stowe, and Aspen. While each area is a superb winter getaway in and of itself, the number of other ski resort options in the general vicinity are usually very limited.

All travelers hope their next family vacation goes as perfectly as possible. After all, because of work and other obligations most people are only able to vacation once or twice a year. Throw in the cost of travel, room and board, and lift tickets, and the pressure for the time away to go as well as it can grows intense.

Then there is the issue of snow. If a specific resort doesn’t get any precipitation for an extended period of time or is hit by unseasonably warm temperatures, levels may get extremely low and conditions very slushy and even rocky. This may be enough to put a rather large dent in one’s vacation – and his or her ski or snowboard.

Then there’s Lake Tahoe.

With a slew of major, top-notch ski resorts all within an hour’s drive of each other, the options for winter-bound vacationers are near endless. Considering they are all ideally situated at different locations in and around the lake and all at various elevations greatly increases the chances that several resorts will have the perfect snow conditions.

The list of world-renown ski resorts all within a quick morning drive of each other is quite impressive: Kirkwood, Heavenly Valley, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Alpine Meadows. Squaw Valley, Mt. Rose, and Sugar Bowl. Then there are other fantastic resorts designed ideally for families that also have black diamond slopes ready to challenge any novice or expert: Homewood, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Donner Ski Ranch, Diamond Peak, and Boreal to name a few.

With so many resorts to choose from all within or next to the Tahoe Basin, it’s no wonder many expert ski officials are pushing for the Winter Olympics to return to the area.

Vacation time is limited, especially when it comes to skiing and snowboarding as the there are only a few months to choose from out of the year. That is why anybody planning a winter getaway might want to select a destination that hosts multiple superb ski resorts.

Not only will it increase the chances that the snow conditions will be optimal, but skiers and snowboarders get to try a variety of different runs instead of the same old terrain every day.

In the end, it’s a pretty popular viewpoint: when it comes to selecting the best place to spend a winter vacation, Lake Tahoe may be a vision of perfection.