Ski resorts close as too much snow to handle, cripples

Turns out you can have too much of a good thing.

The Lake Tahoe area on the California-Nevada border has been dumped with snow — perfect for the middle of prime skiing and snowboarding season.

But the storm affecting the western U.S. this week is just too much. And the Tahoe resorts just can’t take it. It’s beyond dumping (which is painfully ironic after barely any snow in past years) with another half-foot to a foot more of snow expected in the Sierra Nevada Mountains by Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Almost all of the resorts were closed Wednesday and some had shut down earlier this week because of the storm. At Kirkwood Mountain Resort, operators decided after 9 feet of snow in the past few days they needed time to dig out and keep the mountain safe. In a post Wednesday afternoon they wrote “This has been a #storm for the books,” next to a photo showing one of their lifts almost buried.

A webcam at Kirkwood ski resort in Lake Tahoe shows snowfall in the past week.

A webcam at Kirkwood ski resort in Lake Tahoe shows snowfall in the past week.

Squaw Valley, famous for hosting the 1960 Olympics, said they were out of commission because of a storm-related power outage. The outage was affecting a few other resorts, as well.

At the Sierra-at-Tahoe resort they posted about Wednesday’s closure after more than 3 feet of snow fell in 24 hours. “The conditions that Mother Nature is giving us make it extremely difficult to operate the mountain safely,” they wrote Tuesday afternoon. They added, “Extreme snowfall, low visibility, high winds, and avalanche danger exist all over the mountain.”


That’s the message nearly all the resorts are posting online to eager skiers and snowboarders. The only resort that was operating some lifts seemed to be Heavenly on the Nevada side of the resort. Others posted about expected openings on Thursday.

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