A winter storm hammered Tahoe South this weekend with 2-3 feet of snow at Heavenly Mountain Resort, Sierra-at-Tahoe and Kirkwood giving powder hounds hope late winter 2016 brings the next ‘Miracle March.’ (www.tahoesouth.com)
Forecasters say the “Atmospheric River” weather phenomenon will continue with NOAA suggesting a new round of storms that could bring more snow throughout the week.
To date, Heavenly Mountain Resort (www.skiheavenly.com) has a season total of 291 inches, Sierra-at-Tahoe, (www.sierraattahoe.com) 386 inches, and Kirkwood Mountain Resort (www.kirkwood.com) is at 366 inches.
“Substantial snowfall in conjunction with major renovations has helped to deliver record breaking business, and we anticipate the momentum to continue through spring and beyond,” said Carol Chaplin, executive director of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority “With March as one of larger months for snowfall the season will provide optimal skiing and action-packed events through April.” “Any additional snow that we get in the Sierra is great for our snowpack, especially after some of the melting we received over the last month at lower elevations,” said Dustin Norman, a forecaster with the National Weather Service. SPRING-TASTIC EVENTS The scene is set for spring at Heavenly Mountain Resort’s On-Mountain Concert at Tamarack Lodge with NVO, March 12. Hailing from San Francisco, NVO will channel the funk in this unique Sierra setting. Returning April 2, Gunbarrel 25 tests participants’ physical limits with 25 laps on Heavenly’s Gunbarrel run in one day. An annual favorite for locals and visitors alike, this signature spring event may make your legs feel like jello for a few days. Another favorite race for skiers and riders, the Legendary Banked Slalom returns to Kirkwood Mountain Resort for its 21st year, April 2-3. This popular, no-holds-barred race pits amateur riders of all experience levels from ages five and up against industry pros. Sierra-at-Tahoe launches the spring season with its Easter Eggstravaganza, March 27. Individuals are encouraged to dress in their Easter Bunny best to receive a free one-day ticket. Kids will search for treats during an Easter Egg hunt, followed by an Easter Egg hunt for kids at heart. Sierra continues the festivities at the Sierra Fam Rail Jam, April 8, that includes a cash purse prize. Dancing shoes (snow boots work) are encouraged for the Salsa Showdown + Live Music, April 10. Compete in a salsa dance off at the Solstice Plaza to round out an eventful season. Entertainment venues around Tahoe South spring forward with concerts and comedy from today’s biggest acts. Harrah’s Lake Tahoe features rhythm and blues artist Keb Mo, March 12; Umphrey’s McGee w/ TAUK March 24; Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra, April 10; Space Oddity – David Brighton’s Tribute to David Bowie, April 16 and Dennis DeYoung featuring the Music Of Styx, April 23. (www.caesars.com/harrahs-tahoe) MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa features STYX, March 18; Killer Dueling Pianos, March 19, New Wave Asian Concert & Dance, March 19; The BANFF Mountain Film Festival, March 28; Comedian/Actor Chris D’Elia, April 9 and Canadian singer/songwriter Burton Cummings, April 23. (www.montbleuresort.com) The Improv at Harveys Lake Tahoe Hotel and Casino feature some of the best comedians in the business including Don McMillan and Nick Youssef, March 9-13; Allen Havey and Dana Eagles, March 23-27 and Ritch Shydner and Nika Williams, March 30 through April 3. (www.caesars.com/harveys-tahoe) SAFE TRAVELS A fleet of city and state snow removal vehicles around the Lake Tahoe Basin will be keeping the roads clear and safe for travel. Caltrans has current California road conditions at www.dot.ca.gov or 1-800-427-ROAD (7623) or 916-445-7623. For road conditions in Nevada, contact the Nevada Department of Transportation at http://nvroads.com or 877-687-6237. For the most up-to-date information on snowfall, mountain base depths and road conditions in South Lake Tahoe, check area ski resort web sites and cams or call snow phones: Heavenly Web Cams – 775-586-7000; Sierra-at-Tahoe Web Cams – 530-659-7475; Kirkwood Web Cams – 209-258-3000 and Heavenly Village Web Cams. CONVENIENT ACCESS Recently named one of the “Best Airports for Skiers” by SKI Magazine, Reno Tahoe International Airport has also added a number of new flights including New York City’s JFK via JetBlue, and Boise, Idaho via Alaska among other key gateway air cities. New non-stop service from Orange County to Reno/Tahoe on Alaska Airlines begins March 16. RTIA provides easy and convenient access to Tahoe South with the six-lane, 65-mile-per-hour I-580 freeway. Daily shuttle service is available via South Tahoe Airporter. (www.southtahoeexpress.com) Contact: Jenn Boyd or Phil Weidinger, Weidinger Public Relations, 775-588-2412 or email@example.com.