Recent snow means big business for Lake Tahoe ski areas as they go into closing weekend

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 22, 2010 5:59 am

Sunday is the last day to ski or snowboard in the Sugar Bowl, Heavenly Mountain and Kirkwood Mountain ski resorts. It’s been a phenomenal season, and with the recent snow, officials are hoping to go out in style with thousands of guests over the weekend. “Snow conditions are awesome right now,” said Tory Jackson, sales manager at Sugar Bowl. “We have mid-winter conditions. We’ve probably got three to four inches of fresh snow on the ground right now. This weekend is supposed to be bluebird skies and sunny and in the 40s and 50s,” Jackson said. “I think with the recent snow it will be busier. The snow will bring in additional people, not a crazy amount of people, just more.”

As far as snowfall goes, Squaw Valley has seen more snow this year than last—487 inches compared to 460. “Basically, about a month ago, those numbers were pretty even,” Squaw Valley USA spokeswoman Amelia Richmond said. “The reason this winter has been so successful from a business standpoint is that instead of a couple of large storms, we had an abundance of smaller, midweek storms. This has meant the snow has had more of a presence in the news.” Squaw Valley is open until May 9th.

“Since last month, we’ve seen more snow (in this period) than we’ve had in previous years,” Richmond continued. “It’s definitely unusual to be getting an extra foot of snow the second to last week of April. Our skiers love it, and we’re glad to have them.”

The resort has not closed a single day this season due to difficult weather conditions, she also said.

“We’ve had things on wind-hold, but there’s always been something running through the day,” she said. “We don’t close.”

Remember, while the Sugar Bowl, Heavenly and Kirkwood areas may be closing this weekend, Alpine Meadows is open Fridays through Sundays until May 16th, and Mammoth is open until July 4th!