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Dec. 2021 Winter Conditions/Economy

As of Dec. 28, 2021

Record-Breaking Snowfall:

  • New December month long snowfall record established. UC Berkeley’s Central Sierra Snow Lab, located at Donner Pass, received nearly 39 inches of snow in 24 hours, bringing its total for the month to a record 193.7 inches (and counting) as of Monday, Dec. 27. The total smashes the previous December record of 173 inches set in 1970.
  • Heavenly Mountain Resort received 80 inches of snowfall in 7 days; 35 inches was within 48 hours, bringing the season total to 179 inches.
  • Kirkwood Mountain Resort received 78 inches of snowfall in 7 days; 33 inches was within 48 hours, bringing the season total to 200 inches.


  • The holiday booking have increased over 2020.
  • Many properties are saying this is the strongest December on record.

Holiday Ski Access/Resort Operations:

  • Lift ticket availability will be limited through New Year’s (Dec. 28-Jan. 2)
  • Highly recommend guests purchase online and in advance of their trip. If lift tickets are sold out on a specific day at a specific resort, that day will show as unavailable online and lift tickets will not be available to purchase at ticket windows.
  • There are no Pass Holder restrictions during these times, beyond any blackout dates associated with a pass.

Winter Driving Tips:

Winter Activities: 

    • Skiing/Snowboarding via Heavenly Mountain Resort and Kirkwood Mountain Resort
    • Sightseeing via Heavenly Gondola
    • Snowshoe/XC ski rentals at various shops; Camp Richardson Resort is open for snowshoeing and XC-skiing
    • Sledding hills provide an iconic/picturesque winter pastime. Tourism officials recommend guests call or visit the websites of individual businesses for current openings, operations and health and safety protocols throughout the season.
    • Snowmobile rides with Zephyr Cover Resort anticipate opening mid-Jan. 2022
    • Ice rinks are open: Heavenly Village, Edgewood on Ice at Edgewood Tahoe and City of South Lake Tahoe’s indoor rink
    • Year-round boat cruises are also available
    • Entertainment, nightlife, shows, live music, holiday events are in full swing visit TahoeSouth.com for info
    • Shopping at the Heavenly Village, Zalanta, Village Shopping Center, Ski Run Marina, Swiss Chalet Village, shops along Harrison Ave. and Tahoe Valley Crossings

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