The big storm late in the week brought several inches of fresh snow for fantastic skiing this weekend. Friday was the best day as skiers/riders enjoyed more than a foot of fresh powder. Saturday was cool and overcast for a second day of great powder skiing. The conditions at Alpine Meadows were superb. If that wasn't enough, the High Fives "Trains" slopestyle contest was going on as well.
The great snow conditions were gone by Sunday, but the groomed slopes were still there to enjoy under perfectly clear blue skies. It was a festive day at NorthStar on their final day of the season. There were skiers/riders all over the mountain in costume, hoping to win the “80’s” costume contest. Just before noon, people lined up along the mid-mountain pond to watch the pond skimming competition.
|Closing day pond skimming fun.|
By early afternoon many of the groomed runs were starting to get trashed by the hot sun and temperatures in the 50’s. The weather forecast calls for partly cloudy conditions with temperatures increasing to the 60’s by Wednesday. The snow will be melting fast!
NorthStar, Mt. Rose, Tahoe Donner, and Homewood have now closed for the season. Kirkwood remains fully open until the 22nd and weekends only "until the snow melts". Sierra At Tahoe calls it quits on the 23rd. Sugarbowl, Squaw and Heavenly continue operations through the 29th on full or partial days.
Alpine Meadows is the most optimistic resort. They have the staffing to continue weekends-only up through May 13, if the snow lasts.
|Fun in he sun before the snow started melting. 4/15/2012|