Lake Tahoe ski resorts have extended their operations well into the spring following record snowfall in February.
Skiers and riders rejoice! More than 50 feet of snow has fallen so far this season and the mountains could even get a bit more. An extended season has been announced by the area’s resorts, which means more bang for your buck for season pass-holders.
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will operate lifts in Squaw through July 7, which is just 8 days shy of their latest closing date ever on July 15, 2017. Last year, Squaw closed following Memorial Day weekend. Alpine Meadows will operate into May with its schedule dependent on both weather and the construction of a high-speed chair lift that will replace Hot Wheels.
The serious mountain-dwellers are already thinking about options for next year and Squaw has already rolled out its 2019-20 season pass options. For 2019-20 Ikon Pass-holders, Squaw will allow them to access the resort beginning on April 8 this year. The Ikon Pass is currently prices for $649 with blackout days, or $949 for the full Monty.
Vail Resorts’ subsidiaries, including Northstar California Resort, Heavenly Mountain Resort and Kirkwood Mountain Resort, will all stay open at least through the first two weeks of April.
"Record-breaking snow conditions paired with the hard work of our mountain operations teams have made for a truly unforgettable season so far," Mike Goar, vice president and chief operating officer of the Best of Tahoe Resorts, said in a statement. "With even more snow on the way, we are thrilled to extend the winter operations at all three of our Lake Tahoe resorts and offer skiers and riders additional opportunities to take advantage of these amazing spring conditions across the region."
Northstar had a record 286 inches of snow that fell in February and they will remain open through April 21. Heavenly plans to extend through April 28, with a bonus opening the three-day weekend of May 3-5. Kirkwood will keep its lifts spinning until April 14, with a bonus three-day weekend during Easter on April 19-21.
Vail Resorts has also released its Epic Pass for the 2019-20 season, with several different options for the right fit. You can get access to all 15 resorts that the company operates for $939, the Tahoe Local Pass for $589, or the Tahoe Value Pass for $499 with some holiday restrictions.
Mount Rose Ski Resort will stay open until May 5, maybe even longer depending on how much snow they accumulate. As one of the snowiest resorts in the region, Mount Rose has made a name for itself over the years for great terrain. They plan to add 112 acres of terrain across Mount Rose Highway that will be called the Atoma Area. It will include 11 new ski trails, two lifts, restrooms and a 130-foot-long skier bridge over the highway. On busy days, the resort hosts anywhere from 4,000 to 6,000 skiers. The new terrain will provide beginners and low-intermediate skiers more space to ski without getting in the way of the more advanced, faster skiers. Bonus! The resort is a quick 15-minute drive from the Galena Forest area.
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