After months of dangerously-dry conditions the weather gods have finally bestowed us with the gift of rain. Even better—in the mountains, this means snow! Here is your weekend guide of what the Tahoe resorts have to offer based on fresh snowfall in the last 24 hours plus the existing snowpack. That's not counting this weekend's storm, which is expected to dump three to five inches on Saturday alone. (We took the data from On the Snow's website.)
1. Sugar Bowl: Last 24 hours: 7" Snowpack: 22"-36"
The bare bones, off the beaten path Sugar Bowl resort lands first place for the most fresh powder. This weekend the Disney lift will open, and there will be a total of seven runs available.
2. Squaw Valley: Last 24 hours: 4" Snowpack: 24"-37"
Squaw Valley, which is located in Olympic Valley, boasts over 3,000 acres of skiable land to explore. This weekend there are eight open runs.
3. Homewood Mountain Ski Resort: Last 24 hours: 4" Snowpack: 23"-26"
On Lake Tahoe's western shore, Homewood Mountain has an advantage on the other resorts: Ellis Peak shelters the skiing side of the mountain from wind. Thirteen runs will be open this weekend.
4. Alpine Meadows: Last 24 hours: 4" Snowpack: 27"-36"
Alpine Meadows, which is a sister course to Squaw Valley, offers views of the entire region. This weekend, there will be 5 runs open at Alpine.
On the flipside, these slopes got the least snow:
1. Heavenly: Last 24 hours: 0" Snowpack: 37"-45"
2. Mt. Rose: Last 24 hours: 1" Snowpack: 16"-28"