April snow extends ski season for Tahoe resorts, Mammoth Mountain


Just when you thought it might be time to put away the skis and take your mountain bike to the slopes, a spring storm has brought fresh powder to the Sierra Nevada.

By Wednesday, up to 2 feet of snow had fallen at Lake Tahoe-area resorts and at Mammoth Mountain -- extending the ski/snowboarding season.

Resorts Wednesday were touting their windfall in hopes of luring riders and skiers who want to make the most of the late-season powder.


Squaw Valley in Olympic Valley, Calif., west of Lake Tahoe, received 20 inches of snow on its upper mountain. The resort reports a 45-inch base with four lifts operating as of Wednesday.

It plans to stay open until April 19 -- and longer if more snow falls.

Heavenly, Northstar, Mt. Rose and Kirkwood, all in the Lake Tahoe area, also plan to stay open until April 19.

Mammoth Mountain hasn’t announced a closing date but received more than 2 feet of snow in less than 24 hours, it reported Wednesday.

Skiers and boarders who have a season pass for any resort can get lift tickets for $59 a day at Mammoth.