Thinking of doing a Tahoe ski trip? This could be a great weekend to go

ByBrandon Behle KGO logo
Friday, January 4, 2019
Thinking of doing a Tahoe ski trip? Now's the time to go
If you love snow and you love Tahoe, now's the time to go! You'll want to get to driving before a series of storms move into the region.

LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (KGO) -- An already good 2018-2019 California ski season could get a lot better over the next week as Northern California braces for six straight days of storms.

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The first storm is projected to arrive Saturday morning and the National Weather Service says 1-2 feet of snow could fall on Saturday and Sunday alone.

The Tahoe resorts are already gearing up for a big weekend with several places posting about it on social media.

If you want to take advantage of the snow, plan to leave on Friday. Road travel is expected to be hazardous with so much snow coming to the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

The 2018-19 season has already started off better than last ski season.

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Through January 3rd, most resorts are seeing about double the amount of snow they saw at this time last year.

"We've been incredibly lucky so far this season, having snow fall at perfect times to refresh the mountain and give us great conditions, while not occurring on heavy travel days," said Sierra At Tahoe spokesperson Sarah Sherman.

The cold temperatures have also allowed resorts to continuously make snow as well which has many resorts predicting a long season.

"Right now we are looking at four, five or even six more months of skiing and riding," wrote Squaw Valley Public Relations Director Liesl Hepburn.

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The 2017-18 season was below average and would have been much worse if not for a "March Miracle" that dumped more than 200" inches on the area.

That was more than half of Tahoe's average snowfall for the 6-month season.

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Here's how this season is stacking up by the numbers so far at several Tahoe resorts:

Squaw Valley

January 3 Snowfall Total (This Season): 99" inches

January 3 Snowfall Total (Last Season): 69" inches

2017-18 Total Snowfall: 411" inches

Average Total Snowfall: 450" inches

Alpine Meadows

January 3 Snowfall Total (This Season): 88" inches

January 3 Snowfall Total (Last Season): 67" inches

2017-18 Total Snowfall: 387" inches

Average Total Snowfall: N/A

Sierra at Tahoe

January 3 Snowfall (2018-19 Season): 85" inches

January 3 Snowfall (2017-18 Season): 39" inches

2017-18 Total Snowfall: 348" inches

Average Total Snowfall: 400" inches


January 3 Snowfall (2018-19 Season): 108" inches

January 3 Snowfall (2017-18 Season):

2017-18 Total Snowfall:

Average Total Snowfall:


January 3 Snowfall (2018-19 Season): 82" inches

Sugar Bowl

January 3 Snowfall (2018-19 Season): 101" inches

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