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Tahoe's Realistic Season

post #1 of 10
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All,

I've spent some time scanning the boards, and have a relatively simple question. We want to hit Tahoe this season, but because of other commitments, we may not be able to get out there before the end of March. I'm looking to everyone's personal experiences on how late into March/April you can book and almost be guaranteed snow. I know it's not an exact science, and who knows with the early season dumping we're getting this year, but I still welcome your thoughts.

Thanks much.

Keith
post #2 of 10
Squaw has skiing in May usually. A few years ago Squaw was getting dumped in mid April and had it's highest snow pack on Chimney off The Palisades that April.

I'm pretty sure it'll all work out and as usual, it's best to ski late than early!
post #3 of 10
Late March and early April is my favorite time to ski Tahoe. The limiting factor is usually how deep the snowpack is in early March, but March is often our snowiest month. (For a great outlier, bear in mind that over the six weeks starting February 27, 2006, we received 450" of snow.) Also, you can expect to start to see spring passes in late March, probably in the $125-150 range to ski the rest of the season.
post #4 of 10

Tahoe

Ditto, some of the biggest dumps I have ever seen were in March/booking March early April would probably be the safest time for good snow. You could be skiing powder or running around with a short sleeve sweatshirt and be warm but the snow will be great. Besides the beer tastes cooler and better if it is a sunny (2 applications of sunscreen) day.
post #5 of 10
And if you just wanted to hit California, Mammoth is good even longer. April there can be fully winter--the transition to spring may not happen til May. If nothing else, that could end up being a backup for you if Tahoe isn't great for whatever reason.
post #6 of 10
well! the the last few March's - there has been little to no snow starting March 1st. Hopefully it is different this year. in some years past I have skied deep 1-2ft powder in mid-late april.
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by Marty View Post
the last few March's
I think your memory is slightly off.

March 2007 and 2008 only saw a couple of feet each. But Squaw got 200" in March 2006 (followed by 140" in April) and 110" in March 2005.
post #8 of 10
My last day of the season at Squaw has been around April 26-May 1 for the last several years. One year, I recall about 3" new snow on May 1, and a couple of years ago I recall a day about 8-10" fresh in mid-April. Nothing like making turns on a sunny spring day, then going for a swim!
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by graffka View Post
All,

I've spent some time scanning the boards, and have a relatively simple question. We want to hit Tahoe this season, but because of other commitments, we may not be able to get out there before the end of March. I'm looking to everyone's personal experiences on how late into March/April you can book and almost be guaranteed snow. I know it's not an exact science, and who knows with the early season dumping we're getting this year, but I still welcome your thoughts.

Thanks much.

Keith

Your simple question - almost guaranteed snow. Probably there will be snow on the Sierras & the resorts will be open until mid-April, Tax Day, whatever day the resorts decide or have to close in April. Probably. As a good friend of mine has told me for travel, last year & this year even more so...." don't worry,,, I get my best deals last minute". Really, if you don't have to bid by seniority on your vacation, March , on one of 4 weeks of the month, will be good. Just go. Plan a week, a day ahead, or whatever suits you.
post #10 of 10
As others have said, minimal worries about adequate coverage, even on the gnarliest stuff. Surface is unpredictable as the extremes of recent seasons demonstrate. Last 2 years little new snow after March 1, previous 2 years dumping constantly with lots of powder. If you hit one of the drier springs, conditions will be much better at Mammoth. late March/early April is prime at Mammoth, so I'd recommend at least some of your time there.
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