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Tahoe Ski and Snowboard Conditions

by Elizabeth Monsef

News Editor

After last year’s little to no snow, the locals and tourists of Lake Tahoe are eager to hit the slopes once again. Skiers and snowboarders, as well as resorts, are hoping for a better snow season in the new year. Recently, many resorts have opened and are either partially or fully operational. These include:

Mount Rose: At the summit, Mount Rose has thirty seven inches of snow. The mountain has six out of its eight ski lifts operating and 37 out of 60 runs open for use. Mount Rose is currently charging $69 per teen and tickets are available for purchase online.

Diamond Peak: With 11 open trails, and five out of seven open lifts, Diamond Peak is up and running for the season. There is an average of 30 inches of snow at the summit. Tickets at the resort cost $49 per teen, but the prices will rise to $59 for a whole day during holidays, so make sure to plan your trip and ticket purchase accordingly.

Mount Rose

Northstar: Northstar has 70 open runs and 31 inches of snow at the top of the mountain. There are 14 running lifts and it costs about $98 for one day teen tickets online. Northstar also contains its very own village for those who don’t want to ski or snowboard, and are just visiting to shop or dine.


Homewood: Homewood is currently charging about $41 per teen ticket online. Prices change depending upon day and time of year at the resort. Homewood has 42 inches of snow on the upper mountain and five of its eight  lifts operating. It also has 13 open trails for skiing and snowboarding. Homewood is located on the West Shore about 30 minutes from Tahoe City.

Diamond PeakSquaw Valley: From the last snow, Squaw was able to get forty-two inches on the summit, and has 80 of its 170 runs open. In addition, there are 23 lifts running on the mountain. Squaw Resort and Mountain is charging $82 per teen if purchased at least 48 hours in advance online, a significant discount of $16 compared to the window ticket purchase rate.

Heavenly: Like other resorts, Heavenly is only partially open with 24 of its 97 runs open and 18 of the 30 lifts in operation. The snow at the top is about 32 inches deep. Heavenly is located in South Lake Tahoe, about an hour from Reno, Nevada. Tickets cost about $98 per teen and are sold online.

Alpine Meadows: Alpine has opened 95 of its 100 trails, an unusually high percentage. It also has all but one of its 13 lifts in operation. In addition, 39 inches of snow have accumulated on the summit making for nice skiable conditions. Alpine Meadows of North Lake Tahoe is in cooperation with Squaw Valley and charges around the same prices for tickets.


Sugar Bowl: Sugar Bowl has an impressive 62 inches of snow at the summit and 30 inches at the base. There are 84 open runs, and 9 open lifts. Sugar Bowl is located in Truckee, California and teen day tickets are priced at $72 daily and increase to $82 over the holidays.


Kirkwood: Kirkwood is one hundred percent open to the public, all 86 trails are skiable. The resort is located in South Lake Tahoe and charges $84, the discounted price found online. Currently there are 40 inches of snow on the summit.


Boreal: At the moment, Boreal has 30 runs open and 7 lifts running. Tickets online cost $35.99 for one day and the top of the mountain has 25 inches of snow.

Sierra-at-Tahoe: At the summit, Sierra-at-Tahoe has 35 inches of snow and has 8 lifts operating. The resort also has 34 open trails and charges $56 a day for each young adult.

Tahoe Donner: This resort has very little open. There are only three skiable/boardable runs out of 15 and two open lifts. Tahoe Donner also only has 15 inches of snow on the top of the mountain. Tickets cost $42 per teen.


Note: Most prices are subject to change depending on the days for which one buys a ticket. See each resort’s website for more information.


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