Two Tahoe ski resorts already opened for the 2021-22 season. And many more are expected to join those two later this month.
However, due to rising temperature and marginal snow conditions, both Boreal and Palisades are currently closed until further notice.
It was only the third time in 72 years of operation that Palisades (formerly Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows) has opened in October.
It was Boreal’s earliest opening in 10 years, when the resort started operating its lifts Oct. 28. The earliest opening in resort history was Oct. 9, 2010.
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SNOWMAKING AT VAIL RESORTS: The three Vail Resorts in Tahoe – Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood – all began making snow for the first time this season over the weekend.
Cold temperatures and dry air created appropriate conditions to fire up the snow guns and begin building a base for the upcoming winter season.
The projected season opener is Nov. 18 for Heavenly and Northstar, and Dec. 3 for Kirkwood.
Vail’s Epic Pass products are still currently available to purchase for the 2021-22 season, including the Tahoe Local Pass and the Tahoe Value Pass. These products are on sale now for a limited time this early season. Prices go up on Sunday, Nov. 21.
Palisades also began making snow Tuesday. The resort says daily operations are scheduled to kick off Nov 24, but they will continue to assess snowpack and open sooner if conditions permit.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Snowfall began Monday evening at Tahoe ski resorts and was still coming down Tuesday morning.
Both Sugar Bowl and Palisades were reporting 7 inches of fresh snow Tuesday morning, while Northstar and Mt. Rose received 6 inches.
SUGAR BOWL TICKET SALES: The resort off Interstate 80 at the Norden exit added an extra 10-percent off lift tickets that are already 40-percent off on select December dates.
Sugar Bowl says this is the only chance to get discounted lift tickets for the Christmas and New Year’s holiday period. Tickets must be purchased by noon on Nov. 12. Standard lift ticket cancellation policy applies. Offer is valid for online sales only.
Lift tickets are available for visit dates ranging from opening day through Sunday, Jan. 2. Tickets must be purchased online at least one day in advance of the visit.
New this winter at Sugar Bowl is the “Trip Flex,” an optional $20 add-on to each lift ticket that covers rentals.
TAHOE SKI RESORT OPENINGS
- Palisades: Opened October 29
- Boreal: Opened October 29
- Heavenly: November 19
- Northstar: November 19
- Sugar Bowl: November 26
- Tahoe Donner: November 26
- Soda Springs: November 28
- Kirkwood: December 3
- Diamond Peak: December 9
- Homewood: December 10
- Mt. Rose: TBA
- Sierra-at-Tahoe: TBA