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HEAVENLY MOUNTAIN RESORT Tuesday morning, when these photos were shot, reported 18 inches of snow overnight. Photo courtesy Heavenly

HEAVENLY MOUNTAIN RESORT Tuesday morning, when these photos were shot, reported 18 inches of snow overnight. Photo courtesy Heavenly

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Ski resorts report as much as 8 feet of snow

By March 23, 2011

By Jason Shueh

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Snow has been falling steadily throughout the region since last week, and as the weather forecast calls for more into this weekend, resorts as of Monday are reporting accumulation totals as high as 8 feet.

Heavenly Mountain Resort is reporting 5 fresh feet of snow in the past week and 18 inches in the past 24 hours as of Monday.

Sierra-at-Tahoe reports 66 inches in the past three days, 625 inches of snowfall to date and it is still snowing.

At Kirkwood Mountain Resort about 22 to 27 inches have fallen in the past 24 hours.

Among top snow counts, Alpine Meadows is boasting 308 inches of snow at upper mountain, and a total of 101 inches accumulated during the recent series of storms.

Just west of Truckee, Sugar Bowl Ski Resort is not too far behind, with an upper-mountain storm total of 86 inches, and an upper-mountain base depth of 287 inches.

The great snow has prompted Northstar-at-Tahoe to extend ski season operations until April 24.

“We’ve had record-setting snowfall since the season started, and have surpassed our season average of 350 inches by almost 150 percent,” said Bill Rock, chief operating officer at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, in a recent press release. “With these incredible snow conditions and more snow in the forecast, we’ve decided to extend the season to allow our guests more time to get out on the mountain and enjoy it.”

Squaw Valley USA is reporting a storm total of 72 inches, or about 6 feet at upper mountain. The coming snow, added to its current 582 inches of total snow accumulation, is anticipated to push the resort to a hefty 600-plus inches for the 2010-11 season.

Amelia Richmond, a spokeswoman for Squaw, said the resort has only received 600-inch season snow totals three times since statistics began to be kept in 1970.

“This snow that we’re getting right now is ensuring that we’re going to have a phenomenal spring ski season,” Richmond said.

Squaw’s ski season, already set back far into spring, is anticipated to end on May 8.

For a full list of conditions at Truckee/Tahoe resorts, visit onthesnow.com/lake-tahoe/skireport.html.

Tahoe Tribune

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