After last Saturday’s blizzard that dumped 18 inches of snow, the skiing was the best it’s been all season. The glades, bowls and chutes were all covered in high grade powder. By Monday the clouds went away, leaving nothing but tons of snow and sunshine.
|Last Saturday at Alpine just before the blizzard hit.|
The Sierra storms were so good in fact; Heavenly, Alpine Meadows, and Squaw Valley announced an extension of their season to the end of April. Kirkwood added an extra week and then weekends only, as long as the snow holds out. Sugar Bowl will also continue on after mid-April for weekends only, for as long as the snow sticks around.
This weekend looks like it could be another great weekend for skiing. The overnight lows have been settling in the teens with mild daytime temperatures. The weatherman is guessing for cold mornings with daytime temperatures near 55 degrees and sunshine this weekend.
Snow is predicted for next week and the following weekend. I think the ski resorts will continue to be a pretty good place to hang out for a while. Many people have given up on the season and moved on to other sports. That’s OK though, because the lift lines have been getting shorter.
The California Department of Water Resources data center lists the snow fall at 51% of normal. From my perspective, the snowpack is at 100% of fun factor and more snow is on the way.