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Lake Tahoe Skiing in March?

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
I'm considering a Lake Tahoe trip around the first week in March. What sort of weather and snow can I expect? Am I likely to find good powder conditions or will it already be warming up by then?
post #2 of 19
Every year is different, but early March is still mid winter. We often have some of the best powder skiing into April and beyond. Early March is often the maximum base for the year and has a high probability of being excellent.
post #3 of 19
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Originally Posted by wflather
I'm considering a Lake Tahoe trip around the first week in March. What sort of weather and snow can I expect? Am I likely to find good powder conditions or will it already be warming up by then?
It will be good / Early march is always solid in the Tahoe Basin. You may find a hard winter dump or blue bird spring sking Or both the same week.
post #4 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thx, I was there several years ago in April, great spring skiing, but I am hoping for a good powder experience this year.
post #5 of 19
it will start to warm up, but the conditions will be great. the powder will depend on the last time a snow storm came thru but there will be no shortness of snow.
it takes a back seat to CO or utah in march for snowfall, but no where else.
post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by MTT
It will be good / Early march is always solid in the Tahoe Basin. You may find a hard winter dump or blue bird spring sking Or both the same week.
There's a saying up here that "if you don't like the weather wait an hour". Know that there are two types of weather you can expect like others have said ...
  • Blue skies, sun, great coverage - this is the normal situation
  • Dumping, heavy 'powder' - we tend to get a couple of storms a week
In either event it's all systems go up here at that time of year.
post #7 of 19
As others have said, variable, but likely good in any event. It was spring (not powder) conditions from March 4-8, 2005. Here are two reports from that timeframe: http://www.dcski.com/articles/view_a...mode=headlines
http://www.dcski.com/articles/view_a...mode=headlines
post #8 of 19
better early march than late march
post #9 of 19
yeah, he's got 1st week of march marty. if he's disappointed with those conditions, he needs to get his head checked and give me his lift tickets.
post #10 of 19
Thread Starter 
OK, sounds pretty solid. For the sake of argument, I may have the option of Jackson Hole mid-February. Which would be your choice?
post #11 of 19
When do you have to make your decision? Christ, those are two sweet options so just go with whatever you think is the best deal for your budget, cross your fingers, and monitor the weather forecasts religiously before you roll. Pack the appropriate skis at the last minute and if things turn out to be kinda random, demo some fuggin' sticks.
post #12 of 19
Tahoe. Mid-February is borderline for Jackson, better earlier.
post #13 of 19
Thread Starter 

I never win....

!@#!@#$@#$#$!!!

How can Jackson Hole be marginal in Feb? I just sent in my deposit!! ARRRRRGG! I will be doing many snow dances until then.
post #14 of 19
We went to Tahoe in March for a week long trip. It was sunny and 60 everyday. It was hard to complain......
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by Alfonse
We went to Tahoe in March for a week long trip. It was sunny and 60 everyday. It was hard to complain......
You mean it's not like that in Vermont
post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by MTT
It will be good / Early march is always solid in the Tahoe Basin. You may find a hard winter dump or blue bird spring sking Or both the same week.
Not last year! My first time out there last year was March 5-10 or so. It was 70+ everyday we were there, I was very pissed! Of course the day after or so it snowed like 40",grrrrrrrrrrrrrr:
post #17 of 19
Thread Starter 

Spring in Tahoe

Two years ago I spent a week in early April at Heavenly. It was warm, 60-70's, sunny beautiful. By 9:50 most of the mountain had thawed out, so you skied the bottom and worked your way to the top by late morning, and stayed there the rest of the day. By closing time, the bottom was slushy, but the skiing up high was fantastic! Mott Canyon was a hoot. Having skied the east, it was always hard to understand what there was to rave about "spring skiing", I mean what is fun skiing from glare ice to slush and rocks? At Heavenly in April there was no ice, few rocks, just beautiful corn and sun.

Now that I understand Spring Skiing, I want to understand Deep Fluffy Powder.
post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by Blizzboy283
Not last year! My first time out there last year was March 5-10 or so. It was 70+ everyday we were there, I was very pissed! Of course the day after or so it snowed like 40",grrrrrrrrrrrrrr:
Blizzboy, you really got burned. I remember the week you were here, and it was a major outbreak of spring. After you left the weather turned cold and windy, so all that slush turned to solid ice. I skied with Mr. Hazmat, AE and friends on the 14th and we had wind closures and, what I consider to be the worst conditions of 2004/05. A few days later we did indeed have some of the biggest snowfalls of the season, with accumulations of 9 to 11 feet for the storm week. Keep rolling the dice, you will eventually win.
post #19 of 19
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider
Blizzboy, you really got burned. I remember the week you were here, and it was a major outbreak of spring. After you left the weather turned cold and windy, so all that slush turned to solid ice. I skied with Mr. Hazmat, AE and friends on the 14th and we had wind closures and, what I consider to be the worst conditions of 2004/05. A few days later we did indeed have some of the biggest snowfalls of the season, with accumulations of 9 to 11 feet for the storm week. Keep rolling the dice, you will eventually win.
Thanks Cirque, you really helped me plan that trip alot. I wasn't sure if I thanked you or not but you really did help. Yes the trip made me very angry because I could have had better conditons back east and saved a whole lot of money. I wasted $400 (22 yrs. old, under 25 clause on a suv that I didn't need; would have been $500 but they comped me $100 because there were no interior lights at night. I also had the worst ski day of my life at Alpine meadows, I still need to rant about how horrific the day was. Squaw was amazing and coupled with the views at Homewood and the chutes at Mt. Rose definitely saved the trip.

The next time we head out there I will owe you a beer and will definitely have to take some turns with you. However I definitely will not be back in March anytime soon!
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