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around when do the resorts in Tahoe typically close?

post #1 of 16
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I'm going to be at a user conference at the end of April, which is probably way too late to get on a mountain, but I figured I'd check, as I'd love to ski Kirkwood again
post #2 of 16
Most places close at the end of April.

Squaw is one that normally stays open beyond April.
post #3 of 16
squaw is your best bet to be open then. kirkwood and heavenly are possibles, but not likely.
i'd keep up with the snowfall history for this year that is somewhere on squaw's website and compare it to previous years. if squaw is ahead of last year in snow mid-april, there's a good chance you'll have some skiing options(i believe squaw was open in may last year).
post #4 of 16
Squaw was not only open on Memorial Day...

It snowed!

We are not off to a good start this year, so its still anyone's guess, but skiing into early May is usually possible.
post #5 of 16
late april is still a good bet, but this year is looking like the worst snowpack in quite a while. Even if we got huge snow in feb and march, this won't last like the crucial december-early january storms that we didn't really get in tahoe this year.
So, my guess is there will be skiing then but maybe not as good as in recent years when april would still have a 5-10 foot base.
post #6 of 16
Kirkwood generally will stay open till May 1st/last weekend of April.

Alpine stays open until May 1st - and often to Memorial Day - depending on snow.

Squaw tries to go until Memorial Day.

Heavenly is open until April 23 - and their date is firm (no matter how much snow - close down).

Alpine can be better over Squaw late - since A LOT more vertical and terrain is available on just the Alpine Summit Six lift if Squaw is only doing the Granite Chief/Shirley Lake combo.
post #7 of 16
3 years back I skied Alpine on May 1st - in ankle deep powder.
post #8 of 16
It really all depends on snow.

As for those "firm" Heavenly dates, you all must be riding at a different Heavenly than me.

I swear that they were open until Mid-May last season (like the 21st/22nd).

Last season Alpine Meadows stayed open until the 22nd of May.

Sugarbowl was around mid-May, as well.

Donner Summit/Donner Ski Ranch (not quite sure of the exact name, but the place across from the Mt. Judah turnoff for Sugarbowl) was open into late May.

Squaw was open on Memorial Day (I rode there).

Mammoth was open until the 4th (rode there, too).

It has been my experience that most Tahoe resorts are pretty flexible and if they have snow they will stay open well into May.

The only resorts that tend to close "early" are those like Northstar who start making the shift to Golf around first sunny afternoons (usually late March early April).

If the season is great (like last year) Alpine Meadows has a great $99 Spring Pass that begins in March and goes through the end of the season.

Again, it all depends on the snow.

I've found California is a little more lax than say Colorado where they have firm April 16thish close dates or say JH which closes on April 2nd, regardless (was there last season and it blew my mind they were closing with so much snow left).
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post

I've found California is a little more lax than say Colorado where they have firm April 16thish close dates or say JH which closes on April 2nd, regardless (was there last season and it blew my mind they were closing with so much snow left).
Wow - I wonder why that is?? I've always hated it when the places close up even with decent snow cover. But then again, it costs money to keep these places open, so if you don't have the bodies you need to pay the salaries and operating expenses, I guess I can understand.
post #10 of 16
the last 2 seasons my pops and I have gone to Colo for a week to make use of my 3 free days at the Vail owned resorts.

the first time we went was dead at the end of the season, say around April 12th or so. There was still pretty good coverage so we were amazed that the resorts were closing the following week. when we asked some locals they told us that the Colo (Summit and surrounding county) resorts sign a pretty definitive lease with the US Forest Service. If they wish to extend the lease then they have to file extension paperwork. i believe we were told that the paperwork needs to be in either end of December or early Jan. For the most part the resorts would then have to gamble that if they turned in an extension that there would be enough snow to carry them through May. they would also have to renegotiate the staff contracts to reflect the extended season. if the snow petered off around Feb. then they'd be screwed and lose money by staying open. we were told that most resorts just decide to stick to the original dates of their lease and if it's a bomber season, oh well. better to lose out on the potential tickets than to have the resort open with nobody here and a full staff being paid to do nothing.

of course that's just what we heard. I'm sure some of the locals can verify or nullify.



not sure what the deal is with Cali resorts, but last season most of them (with the exception of Northstar, which has a golf course) stayed open well into May.
post #11 of 16
I skied the closing day at Heavenly last year..april 22. Everything was open, and they received a few inches of fresh snow and it was snowing. They close because of the US forest regulations, and because people don't think of skiing come april..especially in Cali where people live in climates where there isnt' really even a winter. However, I think the resorts are paying for this waste of snow and good coverage by not having any during their peak season holiday period....people need to ski when there is snow..not when the calendar says they should!
post #12 of 16
Another reason squaw stays open later is that during late season, its mostly season pass holders who ski. Heavenly has a really cheap season pass so they don't really owe to their pass holders to stay open when it is only them skiing...Squaw's pass is over a grand so they owe it to the season pass holders to keep the mountain open as long as they can.
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
It really all depends on snow.

As for those "firm" Heavenly dates, you all must be riding at a different Heavenly than me.

I swear that they were open until Mid-May last season (like the 21st/22nd).

The only resorts that tend to close "early" are those like Northstar who start making the shift to Golf around first sunny afternoons (usually late March early April).

Riding a different Heavenly than you? I ski Tahoe a lot. I know my stuff.

Heavenly and Northstar closed on the same day last year - April 23, 2006.


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Despite hefty snowpack, Sierra ski resorts closing for season from the Palm Desert (CA) KESQ-TV - Sunday, April 23, 2006
RENO Despite receiving a mountain of snow the last two months, Sierra ski resorts are beginning to close for the season.
Heavenly and Northstar-at-Tahoe are among resorts shutting down lifts today, a week after Boreal and Soda Springs set the flurry of closures in motion.

With daytime highs in the Reno-Lake Tahoe area expected to hit the 70s and 80s later in the week, resort operators say, skiers and snowboarders are focusing on other activities such as golf and hiking.

As usual, Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley and Mammoth Mountain hope to be the last Sierra resorts to close _ sometime after mid-May.

Mammoth Mountain plans to stay open through the Fourth of July weekend after receiving the most snow in its 38-year history.

Copyright 2006 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed
http://www.firsttracksonline.com/news/arc3-2006.htm
http://www.kesq.com/Global/story.asp?S=4806566&nav=9qrx
post #14 of 16
California resorts are flexible about closing dates because they have large drive-up population bases (SF for Tahoe, LA for Mammoth) that will buy enough lift tickets to keep a few areas open. Denver is only big enough to support A-Basin late, and SLC is only big enough to support a very reduced weekend-only operation at Snowbird in May. Vancouver is big enough to support Whistler to early June. Mt. Bachelor, the best spring area in North America IMHO, gave up running past Memorial Day because its Portland population base will only daytrip to Timberline after that.
post #15 of 16
I remember a couple times when I was in high school having an afternoon ride at Rose on the last day of school in June. Rare, but it happens - at least twice in my lifetime. That was mid-late 80's. I remember '88-'89 season was extremely long as well.
post #16 of 16
Just watched some old home movies from the early 70s with my parents. We were skiing at the County golf course in Wisconsin with a little rope tow. We were all having a blast, and the tickets were 25 cents.
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