Boasting some of the best spring skiing conditions in the entire country, numerous Lake Tahoe
ski resorts have announced they will extend their operating seasons to take advantage of the plentiful snowpack. A fitting way to cap off a season that began ahead of schedule in early November and has amassed season snowfall totals of more than 450 inches, the 2015-16 “Godzilla” El Niño winter in Lake Tahoe will go down as one of the longest seasons on record with chairlifts turning for nearly seven months. With many resorts still reporting summit base depths well over 100 inches, the winter season in Lake Tahoe is far from over with all major Lake Tahoe ski resorts planning to operate through mid-April and numerous resorts announcing they will extend their seasons. Heavenly Mountain Resort now plans to stay open through April 24, Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe will remain open through May 8 and Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is aiming to remain open through May 30, conditions permitting. The following is a list of projected closing dates for Ski Lake Tahoe resorts (conditions permitting, subject to change):
Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows: May 30
Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe: May 8
Heavenly Mountain Resort: April 24
Kirkwood Mountain Resort: April 17
Northstar California: April 17
Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort: April 17
Homewood Mountain Resort: April 10
Sugar Bowl Resort: TBD
Springtime in the High Sierra brings together a perfect blend of sunny skies, moderate temperatures and snow-covered slopes with the cobalt blue waters of Lake Tahoe itself serving as a stunning backdrop. The spring skiing scene is synonymous with free concerts, slope-side celebrations, whacky competitions and a palpable party atmosphere that regularly spills over into the neighboring casinos and nightclubs offering 24/7 nightlife and Vegas-style entertainment.
The Reno-Tahoe International Airport continues to add new nonstop flights making it both easy and affordable to get to the slopes in Lake Tahoe this spring. Southern Californians can choose from eight daily nonstop flights out of LAX (Allegiant is planning to add a ninth in early June) as well as new direct service from Orange County’s John Wayne Airport with fares starting as low as $77. Additional nonstop service is slated to begin from Long Beach Airport this summer.
East Coast based skiers and snowboarders can take advantage of new nonstop flights from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York with one-way fares currently as low as $99. The Reno-Tahoe International Airport now offers more than 100 daily nonstop flights from major gateway airports with one-stop service available from almost anywhere in the world.
Boasting more resorts in close proximity than any other winter destination in North America, Lake Tahoe continues to best other U.S. ski regions in terms of variety, accessibility and affordability. Value-minded travelers can take advantage of unbeatable stay-and-ski packages this spring season with per person rates starting as low as $85. To book an unforgettable spring getaway to Lake Tahoe this season, please visit SkiLakeTahoe.com for vacation planning tips and deals on both lift tickets and lodging.