Here’s our latest update on Terrain Parks, written by supervisor Jacy Lentini. Please note that all Terrain Park operations are subject to change based on snowfall.
We are just a little over a week out from the Stifel Palisades Tahoe Cup, which means the Palisades base and Red Dog areas will be affected until the end of the event. Plus, we’ve got a LOT of snow in the forecast following over a foot of snow in the past 24 hours on our upper mountains.
Palisades Tahoe has one of the most impressive ski & snowboard team programs in the world. Our teams, collectively known as Team Palisades Tahoe, support thousands of athletes ages 3 to 20 not just in the winter, but all year round. With dozens of events throughout each season, strict requirements for racecourse surfaces, and a lot of people to fit on the hill, it is no small feat to plan and execute for the needs of Team Palisades Tahoe. Here’s a closer look at how we make it happen.
Our percentage of open terrain has seriously increased this week following almost 50 inches of snow on the upper mountains in the past 7 days. If you got out there this week, you know that conditions (even when visibility was low) were absolutely incredible. Not only did the vast majority of our hiking terrain open up this week, but we’ll be adding Lakeview to the schedule starting tomorrow, too. We plan to groom Outer Limits and Mountain View. We will also have the Sherwood Shuttle running this weekend.
The biggest storm of the season is here, and it is intense. If you skied this morning, you know that visibility was low. The wind …
Our current 3-day snowfall total is just shy of two feet on the upper mountain! This is shaping up to be our snowiest period of the season so far. After a slow start to the season and lots of small snowstorms, we’re definitely ready for a big Sierra snowstorm like we saw so often last season. With a possibility of up to FOUR FEET by Tuesday, we are expecting storm impacts on both Sunday and Monday.
Snow Reporting is a fun job. It’s cool to be “in the know” of mountain operations and what to expect, but what’s most important to us is getting the snow/weather data correct and delivered promptly to you and the rest of our guests. We are constantly tracking weather models and reading predictions from NOAA, OpenSnow, and local forecasters to have an idea of what the day will look like before arriving at 5:30am.
Sherwood will open tomorrow and it will operate daily, weather and conditions permitting. Snow conditions are extremely thin in this area, but in an effort to expand our available skiable terrain, we have decided to move forward with getting this area open. Sherwood will have no grooming except for the maze area. This means that if you are going to ski or snowboard in this area, you need to be aware of your surroundings. No beginners should attempt this terrain in these “low-tide” conditions.