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Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts Punch Through the 400" Season Snow Accumulation with Weekend Storm

Northstar and Kirkwood Ski resorts  join growing list of 400″ Snow Accumulation at Sierra Ski Resorts this Winter

Lake Tahoe – Several Tahoe resorts have officially reached 400 inches of natural snow accumulation this season, and are well on their way to even more. Happy skiers and snowboarders enjoyed fluffy powder as it continued to storm throughout the weekend, adding up to 27″ of new powder this weekend in the Sierra.
The Current 400″ Snow Club for 2015:

  • Northstar California: Past 24 hours: 20”; Last 7 days: 47”; Season to date: 411”
  • Kirkwood Mountain: Past 24 hours: 16”; Last 7 days: 42”; Season to date: 400”
  • Sugar Bowl: Past 24hours 20″ Last 7 days: 66″ ; Season to date: 498″
  • Squaw Valley: Past 24hours 18″ Last 7 days: 62″ ; Season to date: 435″
  • Alpine Meadows: Past 24hours 24″ ;  Last 7 days: 49″ ; Season to date: 419″
  • Boreal: Past 24hours 14″ ; Last 7 days: 23″ ; Season to date: 439″
  • Sierra At Tahoe: Past 24hours 15″; Last 7 days: 38″ ; Season to date: 400+”

The remaining forecast has this storm moving out later Monday and has very little moisture int he 14-day forecast ahead for the Lake Tahoe region.
Season Totals at other Sierra Ski Resorts:

  • Heavenly Ski Resort  313″
  • Diamond Peak 253″
  • MT. Rose 150″
  • Bear Valley 288″
  • June Mountain 147″
  • Mammoth Mountain 325″  at the base

Quick observation shows that the snowfall didn’t hold up across the Sierra and the Eastern Edge is well below the Peak area of the Sierra.
Overall it has been a great relief season as far as providing snow pack and water resources after 4 years of major drought in the Sierra and California.  From a historical perspective, this has not been a historic event however in snowfall.  In 2011 to give perspective Squaw valley accumulated over 800″ of snow for the season.
That beeing said reports of California Reservoirs filling up and providing a much-needed relief to the water systems in California, this winter has been a blessing. Folsom Lake had to open the dam up this last week for the first time in four years. Shasta Lake has reached its Historic water marks and is at it’s highest since 2010 and Lake Oroville as risen well over 20 feet since January and now stands at 825′ of water.

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