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post #1 of 12
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Trying to plan a trip to reno/ tahoe this weekend

Wondering if w/ the forcast for another 3+ feet of snow on route, does the pass get closed or stay closed??? Driven it in the summer but not in the winter.

Was it closed last week during the big dump???

Which hill is has the least closures or easiest access

How about going to Mammoth, any closures also



In the search for powder.....
post #2 of 12
I have never *personally* seen I-80 from Reno to Tahoe get shut down. I've always been able to make it over there. Now I've seen the 80 coming from Sacramento get closed a few times...usually at or near Donner Summit.

During bad weather, I try to go to Northstar and stay in the backside trees. It can get a lil old after 1/2 day but it's very well protected overall. The Nevada side of Heavenly can be good as well just as long as you like riding/skiing in the trees.

If you're talking about trying to get to Mammoth from Tahoe, the 395 can get closed near Bridgeport when there's a big storm. It always seems to be the last stretch that CalTrans gets opened up. As far as the mountain, Mammoth is the windiest overall resort I've been to and the top gets closed on a regular basis during big dumps.
post #3 of 12
Firstly, the current predictions are for 1-2 ft for sat and another 1-2ft for sunday and some more monday. what it will actually be - who knows.

Last Thursday - 12/30- hwy 80 - the biggest road in the region - was shut down from about 1am to 9am. the rest of the day - they kept opening and closing every few hours. Hwy 50 was closed till about noon friday. portions of Hwy 88 were closed for almost 3 days - give or take a few hrs.

Starting Friday - Hwy 80 has been open with chain controls.

If i were planning to land in Reno this weekend and I want to maximize my sking time, minimize driving time - I would plan to ski only the north shore resorts until Tuesday morning when the storm is expected to ease up.

based on last weekend's experience - Northstar and Homewood have the highest probability of having the most lifts open.
post #4 of 12
K2

FYI - the whole nevada side in heavenly was closed last saturday. on the california side - only the lower lifts were turning. sky-express was closed.
post #5 of 12
It must have been REALLY bad then. When I'm staying down south (rarely), I've always gone to the Nevada side when the weather is bad. It's only the lower 3-4 lifts but you can avoid the "weather" by staying in the trees. Of course, it's a nightmare if the trees are not your thing.
post #6 of 12
80 West from Reno to tahoe is closed less often than Sacramento to Tahoe, but it happens with some frequency. Drive Thursday and there should be no problem
post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by Grizman
Trying to plan a trip to reno/ tahoe this weekend

Wondering if w/ the forcast for another 3+ feet of snow on route, does the pass get closed or stay closed??? Driven it in the summer but not in the winter.

Was it closed last week during the big dump???

Which hill is has the least closures or easiest access

How about going to Mammoth, any closures also



In the search for powder.....
Are you driving or flying into Reno/Tahoe ?

I-80 does get closed, as others have said. US 50, Hwy 88, and other trans-Sierra highways close more often.

Are you staying in Reno or at Lake Tahoe ? or Truckee ?

If you're staying in Reno, or flying into Reno, the easiest resort to get to (in terms of time/ distance and in terms of road closures) is Mt. Rose. It's the "locals" place. Not glitzy by any stretch; however, if you like very steep terrain, the Chutes are now 100% open.

If I-80 (and 267/ 89) are open, Northstar, Sugar Bowl, Alpine Meadows, and Squaw Valley are the North shore resorts worth going to. (Skip Boreal, Soda Springs, and Donner Ski Ranch unless you strongly prefer green/ blue terrain.)
post #8 of 12
If you make it into the area, call the resorts before heading there.

Sugarbowl had so much snow it took some time getting things open. Thursday last week we never opened to the public. 126mph wind gusts were clocked.
Friday it wasn't until 11:00 when the upper mountain started to open. There was an inbounds avalanche that almost claimed some lives.. Saturday, was a late start day due to weather and too much snow.
post #9 of 12
Northstar is a good bet on storm days. Another good one is Homewood on the west shore. It's bit lower down and in the trees so the wind doesn't effect it as much.
post #10 of 12
We're planning on flying in on Saturday also. Our plane gets in....if the weather doesn't shut down the airport...at 12:30pm. All this heavy snow talk has been making me nervous as well.

The condo that we're staying at is on the south shore. (I've learned a lesson for next time). Sounds like if the weather predictions hold up we might have a bit of a problem getting down there. We're staying for four nights there and the last night in Reno. It would be a real bummer if we couldn't even get through to the condo for the first night or two.

I'm determined to have a great time, even if we have to stay someplace along the way until the roads clear up some.
post #11 of 12
dchan

can you provide some details on the avalance at sugarbowl. sounds interesting.
I skied sugarbowl saturday. there was a lot of windblown snow piled. i was indeed concerned about Avalanches. It was windy - i skied mt disney all day. never made it to Lincoln.
post #12 of 12

Second hand info

It was in hidden gully off Lincoln. all involved were found and are safe.
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