How Much More Snow Can Tahoe Handle?
3rd of March 2017
Mountainwatch | Louis Macindoe
You may have heard on the grapevine that Tahoe is having a pretty good winter. And you’d be right, in fact, Tahoe’s looking 100%, actually, it’s 179% of its average annual snowpack. Which makes you ask yourself, why am I not there? If that’s the case, then you might'n want to read the following situation in Tahoe.
Basically, snow removers in the region are pissed. Not only have they got an endless amount of work on, it doesn’t look like it’s going to be running out anytime soon. And with another cold trough blasting through tomorrow bringing another little top up, that speculation is true.
Understandably, visitors to the region (soon to be you) have needed very little incentive to remain put there for the rest of winter, and spring with several major resorts in the area extending their operations right 'till the end of spring and then some. Let’s start with Mt Rose, home to the most famous slackcountry in the world and the closest resort to the biggest little city in the world – Reno. The lifties of Mt Rose will be spinning their bull wheels ‘till memorial day (29th May) after having smashed their snow depth record of 50 feet (15.24m) set in ’94-’95 by 3 feet, bringing the current depth to 53 feet (16.15m). The most in North America.
Climbing over Mt Rose and into the guts of Tahoe only solidifies the need to go there. Right Now. Squaw, home to some of the best riding in the entire region has extended their winter operations ‘till July 4 after topping their 45-year-old record for the most snowfall in January. How does 7 metres in one month sound? Not bad eh.
Tahoe is back baby. It was touch-and-go in Tahoe for a few seasons and I felt somewhat nostalgic talking about the bygone days of prolonged epic conditions in the region. But that mentality has been shattered this winter, and I’m enjoying the taste of my own words. Even the resorts seem a little surprised with the current situation. I’m sure the rest of California will benefit from the now swelling lake, which has now breached it’s legal rim limit and is currently being relieved. Thank you Mother Nature for making Tahoe Winter’s great again.
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