A surprise few inches of snow fell on and off yesterday at Northstar California Resort and when you place this on top of the almost 2 feet that has fallen in the past few days, conditions in Lake Tahoe are as good as we’ve seen in a long time.
With snowpacks over 100% of seasonal average for this time of year, local residents are wondering where the snow has been the last four years.
Despite several lean seasons, 2016 is shaping up quite nicely despite the fact we are possibly headed into the longest dry spell since October. Resorts are reporting summit bases of around 100 inches which is very solid and when light dry snow falls on top of this over a period of several days, you better believe conditions are going to be magnificent.
Now that we are smack bang in the middle of the week, it seems as though people have forgotten how good conditions are as Northstar over the past few days has been almost empty.
We’ve enjoyed countless fresh turns in the trees and untouched groomers at lunch time with very few people to been seen, even at the lift lines.
Even though we are several days after the bulk of the storm has passed, we rode fresh lines in the trees in multiple locations today without having to hike a single step. There are great pockets of snow to be found if you just take a few minutes to look.
The forecast for the Tahoe region is suggesting we will start warming up tomorrow after several below freezing days that has kept the snow cover in superb condition. By the weekend, we are looking at temperatures in the 50’s and no doubt the white wonderland at Lake level will soon return to a more familiar brown, though the snow on the mountains is most certainly going no where in a hurry.
If you are wondering when the snow will fall again next, then you may need to wait well into next week. Whispers are the weather pattern should shift and become more favorable late next week, though we are too far out for any serious predictions at this point.
For now, get into the trees and enjoy the left overs from a very tasty winter treat.