Snow and Ski Report Week of 1/11/10

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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — After a rash of warmer weather, including fog and rain, some snow is expected to return this week to the area, according to the National Weather Service in Reno.

A special weather statement forecasts two winter storms this week, on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. They should bring gusty winds, along with mountain snow and valley rain.

“Significant snowfall is likely on the Sierra Tuesday and Wednesday, with total accumulations of 6 inches or more in the Tahoe basin …” the statement reads.

As the storm approaches, it is expected to scour the fog that has hovered over the lake all weekend, NWS reports.

Below is an extended forecast, complements of www.noaa.gov. Also included in this story is an update of snow conditions, lift information and operations at various Lake Tahoe ski resorts as of Monday, Jan. 11. Please check with individual ski resorts for latest conditions and operations.

Extended forecast

Today: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47. South wind around 10 mph.

Tonight: A slight chance of rain before 4am, then rain and snow likely. Snow level 7200 feet. Cloudy, with a low around 34. South wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Tuesday: Rain and snow likely before 10am, then snow. High near 41. Windy, with a south wind between 25 and 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Tuesday Night: Snow. Low around 34. Breezy, with a southwest wind between 15 and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Wednesday: Snow showers, mainly before 10am. High near 38. West wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Wednesday Night: A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 42.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 31.

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 48.

Friday Night: A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34.

Saturday: A slight chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43.

Saturday Night: A slight chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25.

Sunday: A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37.

 

Resort Round-Up

ALPINE MEADOWS

www.skialpine.com

Open lifts: 8 of 12

Open trails: 32 out of 32

Upper mountain snow: 65 inches

Lower mountain snow: 40 inches

Snow condition: Machine groomed main runs, variable conditions off piste.

BOREAL

www.borealski.com

Open lifts: 5 of 6

Open trails: 41 of 41

Upper mountain snow: 75-inch base

Lower mountain snow: 75-inch base

Snow condition: Machine groomed packed powder. Watch for unmarked obstacles.

DIAMOND PEAK

www.diamondpeak.com

Open Lifts: 4 of 6

Open trails: 31 out of 31

Upper mountain snow: 36 inches

Lower mountain snow: 24 inches

Snow condition: Machine groomed.

HEAVENLY

www.skiheavenly.com

Open trails: 80 of 94

Open lifts: 28 of 29

Upper mountain snow: 48 inches

Lower mountain snow: 28 inches

Snow condition: Machine-groomed and machine-made snow.

HOMEWOOD

www.skihomewood.com

Open lifts: 6 of 6

Open trails: 59 of 65

Upper mountain snow: 54 inches

Lower mountain snow: 40 inches

Snow condition: Machine groomed main runs, variable conditions off piste.

KIRKWOOD

www.kirkwood.com

Open trails: 72 of 72

Groomed Trails: 32

Open lifts: 10 of 12

Upper mountain snow: 80 inches

Lower mountain snow: 60 inches

Snow condition: Machine groomed and skier packed powder.

KIRKWOOD XC

Open trail: 50 kilometers

Snow: 36 inches

Snow condition: Machine groomed.

MOUNT ROSE

www.skirose.com

Open trails: 45 of 45 (all chutes closed)

Open lifts: 5 out of 7

Upper mountain snow: 42 inches

Lower mountain snow: 20 inches

Snow condition: Machine groomed and skier/rider packed snow.

NORTHSTAR AT TAHOE

www.northstarattahoe.com

Open lifts: 17 of 19

Open trails: 88 of 91 (11 easy, 40 moderate, 37 black diamond or above)

Groomed trails: 52

Upper mountain snow: 34 inches

Lower mountain snow: 20 inches

Snow condition: Machine groomed.

ROYAL GORGE CROSS COUNTY

www.royalgorge.com

Open trails: Not available

Groomed trails: 58

Upper mountain snow: 52 inches

Lower mountain snow: 42 inches

Snow condition: Packed powder.

SIERRA AT TAHOE

www.sierraattahoe.com

Open lifts: 9

Open trails: 43

Upper mountain snow: 38 inches

Lower mountain snow: 36 inches

Snow condition: Machine groomed.

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