After 719″ of cumulative snowfall (nearly 60 FEET), the snowiest month on record (#februBURIED), 212 days of winter operations, and skiing until July 7, this incredible 2018/19 season at Palisades Tahoe has finally come to a close.
While it’s always bittersweet to pack away our boards and boots for the summer, the 2018/19 season is one we won’t soon forget. From all-time Tahoe powder days to summer shredding in our bathing suits, here’s a look back at the past 8 months on the slopes:
Opening Day & Our First Snowfall of the Season
It’s hard to believe this season kicked off with an Opening Day on entirely manmade snow. Thanks to snowmaking and our hardworking employees, Kangaroo Chair at Alpine Meadows opened for the season on November 16 before the first natural snowfall of the season arrived.
The first real snowfall of the winter arrived on November 22, and the season quickly took a turn for the better! We closed out the month of November with 55″ cumulative snowfall on our upper mountain.
Winter Turned On & Some Favorite Lifts Began to Open
Mother Nature continued to deliver in December, bringing awesome early-season conditions and the openings of some of our favorite lifts. At Squaw Valley, Siberia, KT-22, Headwall and Granite Chief all started spinning for the first time in December. At Alpine Meadows, Summit, Scott and Sherwood opened for access to almost the whole mountain.
Over 13 Feet of Snow
Snow seriously started to pile up in the New Year. We received over 13 feet on the upper mountains during the month, with a mix of wet and cold storms that set an incredible base for the next 6 months of skiing.
74″ of snow fell from January 15-18. That’s over 6 feet in 4 days! With such a deep base, our mountain ops crews were able to open the coveted Silverado chair and terrain on January 25.
Snowiest Month on Record
Who could forget #februBURIED? It snowed 21 out of 28 days and the monthly total reached 315 inches–that’s over 26 FEET. It averaged almost one foot of snow per day making February 2019 the snowiest month at Palisades Tahoe on record!
February wasn’t just about quantity. With sustained cold temperatures, the quality of snow was just about as good as it gets in Tahoe. We skied some of the deepest and lightest powder in recent years.
Surpassed 600″ of Cumulative Snowfall
On March 7 following a 20″ storm total, we officially broke the 600″ mark for the season! This is only the 4th time in recorded history that our mountains have surpassed 600″.
A Taste of Spring at the Spring Skiing Capital
Warmer weather and the classic Sierra Spring corn cycle came as a welcome break to Winter weather this April. Snake runs, goggle tans, and wacky outfits sprung up all over the mountains.
Surpassed 700″ of Cumulative Snowfall with May Powder
Skiing and riding in T-shirts one week, and full-on winter gear the next. Between May 16-27, 3 feet of snow fell on our upper mountains. Not only did we enjoy the late season powder, but we surpassed 700″ cumulative snowfall for the season – only the 3rd time in recorded history!
Shredding into Summer & $5 Fridays
We skied straight into summer as Squaw Valley remained open weekends in June. Together with our guests who came out for $5 Fridays, we raised $40,000 to help Tahoe Fund & the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition install bike racks for businesses in the Tahoe Basin.
Squaw Freedom Fest & Skiing Until July 7
Skiing on the 4th of July is the ultimate benchmark of an epic season. And stoke was at an all-time high as skiers and riders flocked to the slopes of Squaw Valley in their red, white and blue for Freedom Fest celebrations. It was a lively 5 days of summer skiing, riding, hot tub parties, epic live music and overall good times to celebrate an incredible season!
Thank You to Squaw Alpine Employees
Thank you to our amazing employees for making this season happen! From working all summer to prepare the lifts and opening the season entirely on snowmaking, to tirelessly digging out the mountains as we received record snowfall during the height of winter, you all worked through the rain, snow, wind, and everything else so that we could enjoy an all-time 8 month season.