Friday, March 16, 2012

Lake Tahoe weekend skiing outlook


The powder hound says: Do it!
This week of storms brought a mixed bag to the mountains. A few inches of decent powder settled in the first part of the week, followed by heavy snow and rain later in the week. Oh boy, did it rain at lake level.  Friday morning, the rain finally gave way to glorious snow.

I got to NorthStar this Friday morning to check out the skiing. I was curious to see what the conditions would be on the mountain. The snow was in fact very good up top, with several inches of powder. Sure, it is on the wet and heavy side, but who can complain when we’ve had so few powder days this year.

There is plenty of untracked tree skiing that I took full advantage of. NorthStar is reporting 10 inches of snow over the past 24 hours. My off piste runs can confirm that amount. The high water content and warm temperature made for wet clothing in no time. I lasted 3 hours until my pants and gloves were soaking wet. However, it was no big deal because the air temperature is so mild.

This would be a great weekend to go skiing. Don’t let the talk of this week’s lake level rain scare you off. The National Weather Service is expecting several inches of snow on the way today and tomorrow. What’s more important is that the temperatures are expecting to drop into the teens by Saturday.

Cold temperatures and several inches of new snow will make this weekend a skiers delight. By the way, it has been snowing heavily in Truckee for the last 4 hours.

Lake Tahoe weather: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?zoneid=CAZ072

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