2017 – 2018 Tahoe Resorts Opening Dates, Snow Report, Web Cams

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Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts Opening Dates, Live Cams and Snow Report for the 2017 – 2018 Winter Season 

Plan a Tahoe getaway, browse Tahoe area vacation rentals or those with a season pass, join a ski lease to maximize your ski and ride days. Get the latest Tahoe news and deals by subscribing to Snowpals’ newsletter. Participate in our upcoming season kickoff parties to connect with folks for Tahoe trips.

On the Beyond Tahoe Snow Destination ‘Bucket List’: where can you ski/ride at midnight, soak in a hot mineral water pool, then follow that up with soju shots and BBQ eats? Dragon Valley, South Korea.

2017-18 Lake Tahoe ski resorts projected opening dates and live resort webcams ..

Heavenly projected opening Nov 17 Trail Map | Live Resort Cams

Sierra at Tahoe Nov 25  Trail Map | Cam

Kirkwood Nov 17 Trail Map | Cam

Squaw Valley USA Nov 17 Trail Map | Cam

Alpine Meadows Nov 17 Trail Map | Cam

Northstar-at-Tahoe Nov 17  Trail Map | Cam

Sugar Bowl Nov 24 Trail Map | Cam

Boreal is opened. Check their website for night skiing hours. Trail Map | Cam

Homewood Dec 8  Trail Map | Cam

Diamond Peak DEC 14 Trail Map | Cam

Mt. Rose is opened Trail Map | Cam

Tahoe Donner  Dec 9 Trail Map

Donner Ski Ranch early DEC Trail Map

Bear Valley  Nov 25 Trail Map | Cam

China Peak  early DEC Trail Map

Dodge Ridge early Dec Trail Map | Cam

Soda Springs  DEC Trail Map

Yosemite’s Badger Pass® Ski Area  DEC Trail Map

Mt. Shasta Ski Resort  Dec Trail Map | Cam | Extended night skiing/riding hours 3:30 PM to 9:00 PM.

Want to sleep and let a professional driver take you to your favorite Tahoe resort? Book a discount SF Bay Area to Tahoe ski bus trip: one day and overnight bus trips. Enjoy a full day of skiing or riding; sleep on the way to Tahoe and watch movies on the return while enjoying complimentary snacks and drinks.

For last minute lift ticket deals, browse discounts at:

Check to see when the next snow storm is in the forecast. Browse traffic and road webcams. Check Caltrans live feed.

Tip: before you drive to Tahoe, Check Current California Highway Road Conditions & Traffic; Enter Highway Number(s)

Check weather forecast:

Cross Country Tahoe Ski Areas Opening Dates

Granlibakken Resort  DEC Trail Map | Cam

Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort  DEC Trail Map

Spooner Lake Cross Country Ski Area  DEC Trail Map

Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area  DEC Trail Map

Southern California/Sierra

Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort  Nov 9 Trail Map | Cam

*All opening dates posted above are based on snowfall and could change. Check with the resort before you go for the most updated information.

Driving to Tahoe often and interested in ride sharing? Join Snow Pals to car pool/ride share to and from Tahoe; share expenses and meet new friends.

Map of Lake Tahoe Area Ski Resorts

map source: unofficialnetworks.com

For a detailed listing of Tahoe ski resorts, check out our handy guide to all the Lake Tahoe area ski resorts! It’s the fastest way to scan lift ticket prices and compare the resorts to find the perfect one for you.

Looking to join a Tahoe ski lease? Browse our listing, or list yours.

Looking to buy gear, skis, snowboard or snow sports clothing? REI is having their REI’s Winter Clearance Sale.

Save up to 50% on Cold Weather Clothing and Footwear. Plus Save 50% off or more at REI Garage! Shop early for the best selection. Free U.S. Standard Shipping on all Skis and Snowboards. Earn a $100 REI Gift Card when you apply for an REI Mastercard. Browse clearance sale items.

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Winter 2017 El Nino or La Nina for Lake Tahoe Area?

Will 2017-18 Tahoe ski season bring another epic powder winter like last year’s? Will this ski season be an el nino or la nina season for the Lake Tahoe region?

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The 2016-17 winter season for the Lake Tahoe area brought a new record of 650 inches of snow totals recorded at Mt Rose ski resort. How much snow dumped in any single day last season? Tying for first place with 48 inches of snow in one day snowfall record on Jan 11, 2017 were: Kirkwood Mountain, Heavenly Mountain, and Donner Ski Ranch. 

Is there such a thing as too much snow?

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According to a October 12, 2017 report released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service indicates that there is an increasing chance (~55-65%) of La Niña during the Northern Hemisphere for fall and winter of 2017-18.

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WHAT DOES LA NIÑA MEAN FOR TAHOE?

 
LA NIÑA usually means a “neutral” weather outlook for Tahoe (past couple ones have been average snow years), higher than normal precipitation for PNW, and below normal precipitation for Southern California (SoCal). The wet storms paste snow onto the rocks, which makes the base good.

Those who are powder hounds: consider some side powder trips to the Mt. Baker area, Whistler or Jackson Hole for snowfall powder galore winter for these ski resort areas.

During September, ENSO-neutral conditions were reflected in near-to-below average sea surface temperatures (SSTs) across most of the central and eastern Pacific Ocean. The weekly Niño indices were volatile during the month, with negative values increasing to near zero during the past week in the Niño-4, Niño-3.4, and Niño-3 regions. In contrast, sub-surface temperature anomalies were increasingly negative during September, reflecting the shallow depth of the thermocline across the central and eastern Pacific. Also, convection was suppressed near the International Date Line and enhanced near Indonesia. Over the western equatorial Pacific Ocean, low-level trade winds were anomalously easterly and upper-level winds were anomalously westerly. Overall, the ocean and atmosphere system remains consistent with ENSO-neutral, although edging closer to La Niña conditions.

For the upcoming Northern Hemisphere fall and winter 2017-18, a weak La Niña is favored in the dynamical model averages of the IRI/CPC plume and North American Multi-Model Ensemble (NMME). Several models indicate a period of near-average Niño-3.4 values in the upcoming weeks, but then predict reinvigorated growth of negative SST anomalies across the equatorial Pacific Ocean. These forecasts are supported by the ongoing easterly wind anomalies across portions of the Pacific Ocean and the reservoir of below-average subsurface temperatures. In summary, La Niña conditions are favored (~55-65%) during the Northern Hemisphere fall and winter 2017-18.

This discussion is a consolidated effort of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NOAA’s National Weather Service, and their funded institutions. Oceanic and atmospheric conditions are updated weekly on the Climate Prediction Center web site (El Niño/La Niña Current Conditions and Expert Discussions). Forecasts are also updated monthly in the Forecast Forum of CPC’s Climate Diagnostics Bulletin. Additional perspectives and analysis are also available in an ENSO blog. The next ENSO Diagnostics Discussion is scheduled for 09 November 2017.” – NOAA

Read more about the 2017-18 Lake Tahoe Area Forecast..

1. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service

2. OpenSnow – Snow & Powder Forecasts for Tahoe

3. SnowBrians 2017-2018 Winter Forecast

The Climate Prediction Center defines. . .

“El Niño conditions” as existing when:

A one-month positive sea surface temperature anomaly of 0.5C or greater is observed in the Niño-3.4 region of the equatorial Pacific Ocean (5oN-5oS, 120oW-170oW) and an expectation that the 3-month Oceanic Niño Index (ONI) threshold will be met AND

An atmospheric response typically associated with El Niño is observed over the equatorial Pacific Ocean (see The ENSO Cycle).

“La Niña conditions” as existing when:

A one-month negative sea surface temperature anomaly of -0.5C or less is observed in the Niño-3.4 region of the equatorial Pacific Ocean (5oN-5oS, 120oW-170oW) and an expectation that the 3-month Oceanic Niño Index (ONI) threshold will be met AND

An atmospheric response typically associated with La Niña is observed over the equatorial Pacific Ocean.

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