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.
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″)
Mt. Rose (16″)
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!