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Snow Slams Lake Tahoe, Snowfall Records Trampled

Tahoe_Dig_OutMother Nature is providing a record snow dump this season in Lake Tahoe, more than 53 feet in some areas, signaling that she wants an extended Spring skiing season for the region.

Northstar-at-Tahoe is reporting 32 inches of snow over the past 24-hours, bringing the mountain's season snowfall total past 600 inches to 616 at the highest elevations. That includes 180 inches of snow in March alone, which is yet to conclude.

For perspective, that’s roughly 51feet or five stories worth of snow.

Incredible numbers considering Northstar annually receives snowfalls of  350 inches or roughly 30 feet of the white stuff. 

All 93 runs and 15 lifts (the mountain has a total of 19) remain open at Northstar and operations are unlikely to slow in the near future.

A similar story is emerging from the Kirkwood Resort, also in Lake Tahoe. There, high elevations have seen 641 inches of snow in a place where the average hovers around 400 inches. It’s considered to be the most snow the region has seen in 25 years.

Over at Squaw Valley, resort spokeswoman Amelia Richmond told reporters, “Our record highest (since 1970) is 662 inches. “There’s a good chance we’ll hit 700 inches and that’s never been done before on record. Donner Summit has recorded 700 inches only a couple of times since 1880.”

This is particularly great news for those skiers and snowboarders reluctant to pack away their poles, skis and boards for the year, considering Spring has sprung.

Typically, a place like Northstar stays open until mid-April, with a caveat on its website stating “weather permitting”. Suffice it to say, the weather is permitting big-time, and the mountain is likely to stay open past that anticipated date.

Squaw Valley will stay open until its scheduled close date of May 8, meaning another six weeks of skiing at the mountain.

In case you’re wondering, according to weather historian and author Mark McLaughlin, the California state record for snowfall in one year is 883 inches in 1907.

Apparently Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow this year and predicted an early Spring, but rest assured the folks in Lake Tahoe would like to refute that.

-Ryan O'Leary

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