After 5 days of stormy weather, our upper mountain snow total for December is 199 inches. That’s 16.5 feet of snow! With a break in the snowfall, we were able to open all of our planned lower mountain lifts today, plus a few surprises: Scott at Alpine and both Wa She Shu and Broken Arrow at Palisades. We are still very much in the process of digging out at both mountains, but we are planning to expand terrain tomorrow. Additionally, Wednesday will likely bring another 5 inches of snow, so there could be some lift delays or weather impacts.Siberia shack is buried. image: paliades tahoe
It is really fun skiing out there today! Patrol reported that the wind over the past few days has really wreaked havoc on the upper mountain snow quality. It is very firm in some places, and the lower mountain may be better skiing at the moment. We were able to get Wa She Shu and Broken Arrow open today, thanks to a tremendous amount of work from Patrol, Grooming, and Lift Maintenance. Wa She Shu had 4 mechanics working in the top terminal from 8:30am until opening, and 3 grooming machines prepped Broken Arrow.
It was a great day at Alpine today! We were able to get Scott open, which was a nice surprise. Snow removal is very much ongoing, especially by the Alpine Lodge. There were 6-8 foot drifts in front of the breezeway and the stairs this morning! Plus, the Chalet is totally buried and will need some help from Grooming before it can reopen (see photo below).
Winter weather moves in again tonight and on Thursday night. Thursday night likely will not lead to any meaningful accumulation. The weekend is going to be sunny and beautiful, but early next week, it appears that a more sizeable storm is moving in. You can read more about all of these predictions on our weather blog, or check NOAA’s forecast.The Olympic Valley forecast for this week.