Beyond the bottomless powder days, these timely storm systems have bolstered this season's healthy snowpack extending mid-winter conditions deep into the upcoming spring season. Sitting pretty with summit base depths of more than 100 inches, Lake Tahoe ski resorts are poised for a legendary spring season filled with slope-side parties, free concerts and 24/7 nightlife.
"Measured in feet rather than inches, this season's powerful storms have been perfectly timed to freshen up the slopes in advance of the holiday periods and school breaks," said John Wagnon, president of Ski Lake Tahoe. "This latest round of El Niño-fueled snowstorms has the mountains looking like mid-winter in mid-March ensuring a lengthy, fun-filled spring season still ahead."
The slopes in Lake Tahoe will be even more accessible this spring as new air service from Orange County's John Wayne Airport into Reno-Tahoe International Airport is slated to get underway beginning March 16. This latest nonstop flight follows the recent addition of direct service from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. The Reno-Tahoe International Airport now offers more than 100 daily nonstop flights from major gateway airports with one-stop service available from almost anywhere in the world.
Upcoming Springtime Celebrations and Competitions
The 35th Annual North Lake Tahoe SnowFest will climax the weekend of March 12-13 with parades, firework shows, ski races, cook offs and snow sculpture contests. The ten-day celebration is steeped in tradition and event organizers are anticipating thousands of revelers to join in this spring's celebration. Further details can be found at www.tahoesnowfestival.com.
Heavenly Mountain Resort will be encouraging guests to "Go All In" during their annual Spring Loaded event series scheduled to take place March 25-April 3. The resort plans to kick off the high-energy action with a three-day music festival on March 25-27 at Tamarack Lodge located at the top of the resort's scenic 2.4 mile-long gondola. The 11th annual Gunbarrel 25 will take place on April 2 challenging competitors to complete 25 double-black diamond laps down the resort's signature, mogul-ridden face. The festivities wrap up on April 3 with a Pass Holder Appreciation Party featuring live music and plenty of giveaways. Visit www.skiheavenly.com for more information.
Putting a modern twist on an Easter tradition, Alpine Meadows will be hosting its Kids Beacon and Eggs Easter Hunt on March 27 utilizing the technology from avalanche transceivers to help locate the hidden prizes. The Easter Bunny will also be on the slopes to assist with this one-of-a-kind springtime scavenger hunt. Log onto www.squawalpine.com for complete details.
WinterWonderGrassTahoe will once again be returning to Squaw Valley from April 1-3 showcasing world-class bluegrass and acoustic roots music on three separate stages over the course of three days, with the resort's snow-capped mountains serving as a stunning backdrop. The festival atmosphere will also include beer tasting from some of California's best breweries. For more information, visit www.squawalpine.com.
Northstar California will host its annual Spring It On! event series on weekends in April through the final day of the season, currently scheduled for April 17. Offering something for everyone, these springtime celebrations will kick-off with a big splash as the resort's annual Pond Skim on April 2 is always a crowd favorite. Families can also enjoy face painting, balloon twisting, free concerts and DJs from The Village Stage in front of the 9,000 square foot Ice Rink during the first three weekends in April. For details, please visit www.northstarcalifornia.com.
Sierra-at-Tahoe is proud to serve as the host resort for the 20th Anniversary Boarding for Breast Cancer Snowboard and Music Festival on April 2. This all-day celebration will combine snowboarding, yoga, live music and good vibes all going toward a great cause. The resort will also be welcoming the Vans Hi-Standard Snow Series World Tour on March 19 followed by the Buckle Up Big Air competition on March 26. Surf on over to www.sierraattahoe.com for more information.
About Ski Lake Tahoe
Surrounding North America's largest alpine lake, the collection of resorts that make up Ski Lake Tahoe are Heavenly, Kirkwood, Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe, Northstar California, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, Homewood, and Sugar Bowl. Lake Tahoe boasts some of the highest annual snowfall totals in the entire country while still averaging more than 300 days of sunshine each year. More about these eight resorts can be found at www.SkiLakeTahoe.com.
Editor’s Note: If you’re planning a visit to Lake Tahoe, whether it be this ski season or later in the year, you might also want to check out the High Sierra listings in Taste California Travel’s Resource Directory. There you will find links to the websites of hundreds of Lodging and Dining options in the area.