Today was the last day of the season at Alpine. Sadly, a few more Tahoe resorts are closing today. Winter is gradually coming to an end giving way to the hiking/biking season.
The last couple of storms really helped with the snowpack, but unfortunately were a bit warm. It is mid-April after all, so the sun warms up the snow quickly. We arrived in the afternoon to ski a few final laps of our favorite mountain.
All seven lifts were spinning, and we decided to ride each of them for the last time. L’tour de Alpine! Well, we skipped the Big Carpet.
The weather was nice and sunny. The band was playing country music on the Alpine deck, and the lifts were spinning – what could be better?!
We noticed a few people in costumes, primarily bunnies. Today was also a Golden egg hunt at Palisades Tahoe. If you found it – congrats! We heard it was hidden next to the water tower off Kangaroo.
We started from Wolverine bowl, which wasn’t groomed today, and the approach was a bit unusual – there were large cornices with a narrow path between them. But it was manageable, although we noticed a few people struggling to get down from the saddle.
The snow was a bit heavy, with small bumps here and there, yet good enough for a few buttery turns. The Face was soft, and all the large moguls disappeared after the recent storm.
The Alpine bowl skied very well. The flat sections of most of the trails were already warm and sticky. But overall, the snow was quite good, even for the warmer part of the day.
Thank you, Alpine team, for the fantastic job maintaining the trails in great shape despite the lack of snow for most of the season!
Palisades Tahoe ski season is not over yet! You can still ski Gold coast, Shirley, Siberia, and perhaps Granite chief until May!
Next week looks more like January than April – a few more snowstorms are coming into Tahoe!