Downhill ski resorts in and around Tahoe are announcing their closing dates. While there may be what looks like plenty of snow to ski on, the economics of running a ski resort are what generally dictate when they close. With sunny, very warm days in the valley, temps in the high 70’s and higher, flowers blooming, lakes full, gardens being planted, thoughts of skiing start to fade out. The number of skiers showing up drops off pretty quickly.
Kevin Cooper, Kirkwood spokesman, said they will stop the lifts at the close of the day on Sunday, April 8. Northstar California shuts down a week later on Sunday, April 15, as will Diamond Peak and Tahoe Donner. Granlibakken will close on April 16. Heavenly is next, closing on Sunday, April 22.
Jessica VanPernis Weaver, JVP Communications said that Homewood will close on April 15. She said the Mt. Rose will shut down the lifts on April 29, which marks another full 6 month season for them. Sugar Bowl will remain open depending on conditions. Squaw Valley has extended their season thru Memorial Day, with Alpine Meadows running through April and possibly into May, according to Liesl Hepburn, Public Relations Director at the resorts.
Thea Hardy, Communications Manager at Sierra-at-Tahoe said they while they generally close mid to late April, their closing date depends on the longevity of the current snowpack as well as temperatures and changing conditions. With 17+ feet of snow in March it’s hard to think of shutting down. Dodge Ridge stops on April 8. Bear Valley runs till April 22. If you are a fan of Mammoth, you have till Memorial Day. June Mountain is calling it a season on April 8.
The cross country resorts that are connected with downhill resorts will close when they do, or before if snow coverage on their trails gets a bit iffy. Hope Valley Outdoors Joyce Coker said that the Yurt will come down on April 16. Cross country fans can then head out to wherever there is good coverage and keep kicking and gliding, right up till the dirt comes through the snow.
Call ahead if you have any questions about what’s running, snow conditions, and hours, or visit the resorts website. Get out there while you can, time’s running out on this season.
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