Ski conditions stellar in Tahoe

Antti Autti does a frontside 720 at Boreal. Check out the Pop-Up Park debuting on March 13, featuring an exclusive park build that will only be there until March 20. Photography by Rami Hanafi-Eweiss |, @BorealMtn

I don’t know why I still am surprised after more than 20 years in Tahoe when local media outlets focus on the negative of a lack of recent snow, rather than telling the full picture of what conditions are like in Tahoe. Full disclosure – I come from a hard news background working most of my career in daily and weekly newsrooms, but I always taught by writers to tell the entire picture in their coverage. Don’t sugar coat it but get it right.

Here’s the truth: Despite most Tahoe ski areas getting very little snow in February, ski conditions remain great throughout the region. I’ve heard locals describe conditions as “stellar,” “amazing” and “one of my best ski days ever.”

So, how can both be true? Because base depths remain healthy from several rounds of snowstorms that started before Thanksgiving and continued snowmaking at most Tahoe resorts throughout the season. Visit for current conditions at the ski areas in the Tahoe Sierra.

The few systems that came in February didn’t grace us with large amounts, but many ski areas have lots stockpiled under those few inches and they keep cranking those snow guns at every chance. Sure, some of our favorite runs don’t have enough coverage to keep them open, but there’s no such thing as a bad day in Tahoe. So, get out there and enjoy those big, beautiful groomed runs with breathtaking views in every direction, take a hike, go tubing, visit the park, picnic on the beach and have a great time in Tahoe.

Check out this edition for our suggestions on winter fun: SnowFest!’s winter carnival, Subaru Winterfest at Sierra-at-Tahoe, tubing at Northstar, skiing with a ranger at Heavenly, hosting a fondue party, Trails & Vistas documentary debuts, Sugar Bowl’s Silver Belt Series, the Kids Science Expo, the Wigs and Onesies party, Alibi’s renovated Barrel Room, Mountain Family Dinners and a 200-foot banana split at Tahoe Donner Downhill, among much, much more.

And, check out Priya Hutner’s feature on “Tahoe Donner Downhill: Family favorite for generations of skiers” as part of our winter-long series on Tahoe’s independent ski areas.

Tahoe ski areas

(Conditions as of March 2, 2020)

Alpine Meadows | 47”-89” base | 9”-12” new snow
Auburn Ski Club | Open | 12” new snow
Boreal | 60” base | 8” new snow
Diamond Peak | 64”-81” base | 12” new snow
Donner Ski Ranch | 34” base | 8” new snow
Granlibakken | 18” base | 5” new snow
Heavenly | 44” base | 13” new snow
Homewood | 28”-87” base | 9”-14” new snow
Kirkwood | 51” base | 8” new snow
Northstar | 48” base | 9” new snow
Mt. Rose | 37”-63” base | 15”-17” new snow
Royal Gorge | Open | 8” new snow
Sierra-at-Tahoe | 28”-72” base | 10”-15” new snow
Soda Springs | 60” base | 8” new snow
Squaw Valley | 36”-94” base | 3”-4” new snow
Sugar Bowl | 38”-83” base | 11” new snow
Tahoe City Winter Sports Park | Cross-country trails and sledding hill closed; ice rink open until March 8
Tahoe Cross Country | Lower trails closed. | 6” new snow; will not groom again unless they get 12” new snow
Tahoe Donner Cross Country | 59” base | 9” new snow
Tahoe Donner Downhill | 36” base | 10” new snow