OVERNIGHT MONDAY Heavenly Mountain Resort saw 18 inches of snow by Tuesday morning. Photo courtesy Heavenly

OVERNIGHT MONDAY Heavenly Mountain Resort saw 18 inches of snow by Tuesday morning. Photo courtesy Heavenly


County, ski resorts see snowfall

By March 24, 2011

While many El Dorado County residents are bracing for continuing winter weather, local skiers are surely smiling.

Several Tahoe ski resorts reported between 3 and 4 feet of fresh snowfall over the last 72 hours.

Sugar Bowl set the pace with 104 inches of fresh snow since Monday, including an additional 14 inches on Wednesday.

Squaw Valley, meanwhile, reported 48 inches of new snow since the week began, including an additional 20 inches of snow Wednesday.

Sierra-at-Tahoe is a step behind Squaw, reporting 18 inches of new snow since Wednesday, totaling 41 inches since the week began.

Kirkwood saw more than a foot of fresh snow Wednesday, making its total this week to 42 inches as of press time.

Relatively lower elevations like South Lake Tahoe were seeing a few inches of snowfall as of press time, although some residents were expecting more from Mother Nature.

“We’ve had a severe winter weather warning, but so far there’s no severe winter weather,” said Tahoe Daily Tribune Editor Annie Flanzraich.

On Thursday South Lake Tahoe was expecting between 4 and 8 inches of snow, but it wasn’t sticking around very long, according to Flanzraich.

Elsewhere in El Dorado County, the Sly Park area reported snowfall since the early morning hours Thursday.

“It’s coming down but it’s not really sticking,” said Jim Cozzens, of Sly Park Resort.

Cozzens said the area could expect approximately 3 inches of additional snow Thursday.

Pollock Pines and Camino both saw several inches of new snowfall — not a whiteout by any means, but enough to keep county Department of Transportation busy.

“It’s been hit or miss,” said Tom Celio, county DOT’s maintenance deputy director. “We got about 3 inches (Wednesday) night.”

Celio said crews were successfully keeping roads in Pollock and Camino plowed and would continue to monitor weather patterns through the weekend.

But Thursday, snow was not DOT’s major concern.

Instead, Celio said the strong wind gusts had the potential to prove problematic. There were no downed tress as of press time, but Celio said crews would be out in full force, ready to handle whatever the elements dished out.

For the latest information on Tahoe’s ski resort snow conditions, visit

E-mail Jim Ratajczak at [email protected] or call 530-344-5069.

Jim Ratajczak

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