This is a December to remember — maybe even another #DEEPcember? In just 11 days, Palisades Tahoe received more than 9 feet of snow. That’s an average of 10+ inches per day! Our teams braved winds of over 160mph, snowfall rates of more than 6 inches per hour, and extreme weather impacts to get the mountain open for some fantastic skiing and riding. Our crews opened 11 new chairlifts across both mountains since the first of December, a huge feat that we couldn’t be more stoked about. Let’s look back at some of the incredible moments and footage we captured of this storm cycle.
After a slow start, #DEEPcember brought us a record-breaking 17.5 feet of snow! We appreciate you following along with these blogs over the past ten days. We’re going to pause on our more detailed updates until the storm cycle moves in early next week.
Today, we were surprised to see gusts above 70mph as we opened this morning. Perhaps this is the beginning of the weather system moving in early next week. We are still looking to expand terrain over the next few days as we anticipate a busy weekend ahead.
We are finally experiencing a true break in the weather after an additional 4 inches of snow overnight. As we look ahead into this weekend, we expect a high skier turnout and clear, sunny skies for Friday and Saturday. Then, more snow is in the forecast.
After 5 days of stormy weather, our upper mountain snow total for December is 199 inches. That’s 16.5 feet of snow! With a break in the snowfall, we were able to open all of our planned lower mountain lifts today, plus a few surprises.
Last night brought an additional 18 inches of snow to our upper mountains, making the 24-hour total close to 3 feet. We have now broken our previous record of 179 inches of snowfall in December 1970. That’s right: This is our biggest December storm in 50 years.
THE STORM: DAY 4 – CLOSED 12/26 The storm grew in intensity overnight with extremely high winds and heavy snowfall. We’ve received 6 feet of snow …
At times over the past few days, this storm cycle has seemed “over-forecasted.” We did receive 11 inches in the past 24 hours, but today the snow has really shown up.
The storm continues! Overnight, we received a foot of snow and it has kept snowing on and off throughout the day. As we described in yesterday’s operations blog, our teams are out in full force to keep lifts running.