Good weather, great skiing and fantastic times is what spring is all about and there is no better place to enjoy all three than Lake Tahoe. With over 200” of snow falling in the month of March alone, and Squaw Valley announcing they are staying open through May 29. Now is the time to hit the slopes!
Here is everything that you need to know to make the most out of your spring skiing adventure.
Skiing with your Family:
Spring is one of the best times to bring your family out on the slopes – beginners to experts! The snow is soft and makes for a perfect learning platform with forgiving snow to land on if you miss a turn or two. Spring skiing also means great weather and sunny skies, which can be an enjoyable way to have your first day out on the mountain. Experts in the family will also love the spring conditions on the steeps featuring Tahoe’s famous corn snow.
Local Tip: If someone in your family doesn’t ski a great meet up spot for lunch is at the top of the Squaw Valley Tram where you can take a beautiful ride to the top of the mountain – no skis required!
Stay Hydrated in the Spring:
Skiing and snowboarding is a workout and when temperatures hit the 60s or 70s it can be very easy to become dehydrated on the mountain. If you are planning to be on the slopes all day you should stay hydrated. There are several lodges at Squaw Valley where you can take a break and grab some water.
Local Tip: Over the last year Squaw Valley discontinued the sale of one time use water bottles, and is now encouraging guests to bring their own reusable bottles. Locals agree - drink mountain tap!
A Backpack is your Friend:
A backpack can be a great resource on the mountain during a spring skiing day - holding more than just your water. Sunscreen is key when spring skiing and a good item to carry with you. When the sun is out and the temperatures are warm, the snow acts like a mirror and reflects the sun’s rays making it very easy to get a sunburn. Your backpack can also carry some snacks to enjoy on the chairlift in-between runs or while you take a break on the mountain.
Local Tip: You can store extra layers that you take off or that you might need to put on in your backpack as well.
Be Ready for Weather Changes
Although Tahoe is known for great spring skiing weather, it’s always good to be prepared. It is not uncommon to start a spring day in shorts and a tee-shirt, then change to a jacket and pants in the evening. Also, be sure to come prepared for the weather to change. Storms can roll in quickly and once the sun settles behind the mountains the temperatures change drastically.
Local Tip: OpenSnow.com is a great detailed resource for regional weather predictions. This weather blog is frequented by locals. Note that the posts are not guaranteed every day and typically are less frequent going into summer.
It looks like you are ready to make the most out of your spring skiing here at Lake Tahoe. From all of us here at Resort at Squaw Creek, we hope you have an amazing time with us this May and we hope to see you out on the mountain!
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