Tahoe snow approaches 400 inches

Connery Lundin skis the Vikings Home Chute toward Emerald Bay during a beautiful January sunrise. “January is one of my favorite months to shoot photos as we can often shoot sun-exposed slopes with cold and blower powder,” says photographer Ming Poon. “We always remember the experience of sunrise and never remember the 4 a.m. wakeup. Lucky to have hard working friends like Connery and Jeremy Jones who are always motivated to start and end their days in the dark. Hard to beat days like this.” Read about skiing the Emerald Bay Chutes in Sean McAlindin’s feature “Adventures in Emerald Bay Chutes” in this edition and at TheTahoeWeekly.com. | MingPoonPhotography.com, @Ming.T.Poon

The snow is falling steadily outside my office window again as we prepare to send this edition to the press on Feb. 15, with yet another snowstorm at our door expected to bring a least 2 more feet of snow on top of our bulging snowpack.

Some Tahoe ski resorts have already received 400 inches of snow as of press time, with Tahoe’s annual average snowfall for the entire year usually 409 inches. And, there’s still two months left in the ski season. Many locals are already betting that the season will extend into summer at some local ski areas.

As I was digging out my car from a fresh, 2½-foot snowfall in 24 hours, I was chatting with my neighbor about the wonder of Tahoe. The breathtakingly beautiful white world that the storms have created, the serenity of snowshoeing in the quiet forests, the powder skiing, the growing snowpack, the anticipation of a long season of skiing and the anticipation of an equally breathtaking wildflower season this summer.

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