real deep snow




By ccrossen | January 31, 2019

Big snow coming our way this weekend, Friday night through Monday night. 2-4 at lake level and 7-8 feet up high.

Two storms are expected to move through the area this weekend, causing messy travel conditions through early next week. The first storm (Friday evening-Saturday) will bring heavy snow to the Sierra and mainly rain to the valleys. There is a possibility this rain could change to snow on Monday morning, but accumulations are not expected. Rain could be heavy at times, so be aware of possible flooding concerns. A second storm will move through Sunday-Monday evening. This second storm will be colder and there is a higher chance of accumulating valley snow, but it is still too early to pinpoint amounts. That being said, both morning and evening commute problems are possible Monday.

It’s important to note that a definite break in between the two systems in which to head over the passes is not expected. So, complete travel over the Sierra by sunset on Friday or put it off until Tuesday, if you can.

220 PM PST Thu Jan 31 2019


* CHANGES…Increased snow amounts, and extended through Monday

* WHAT…Heavy snow and gusty winds expected. Total snow
accumulations of 2 to 4 feet at lake level, except 3 to 6 feet
above 7000 feet expected. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph
Sunday afternoon into Monday with gusts to 100 mph over
ridges. A period of blizzard conditions is possible Sunday
night into Monday.

* WHERE…Greater Lake Tahoe Area.

* WHEN…From 4 PM Friday to 10 PM PST Monday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Travel could be very difficult to
impossible. The hazardous conditions will impact commuting and
ski resort travel. Very strong winds could cause extensive
tree damage.

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snow update

By ccrossen | January 9, 2019

We are currently experiencing a highly variable storm cycle and snowpack. Much needed storms delivered 50+ inches Jan 6-9. This new snow will go a long way to help our base…. coverage is excellent and getting better. This said, we have some very interesting layers out there. In places, the new, denser storm layer rests on a lighter storm layer, providing a failure point, and the entire new storm layers rest on facets at certain elevations …. if you have been skiing the resorts, you can easily see this top failure layer everywhere, as large slides have been released during control work. Natural slides have not been prominent, but this facet layer exists starting at about 6,800′. These are relatively complex conditions for Tahoe.

See the latest avy forecast and report.

And a great video analysis as well.

We currently have a small system moving through, with warm temps and most snow confined to the Crest and higher elevations. Look for 6-8″ up high throughout the day and very wet conditions below 7000. The weekend looks dry with a brush-b y system Sunday night that could bring a few inches. After that we enter a dry period for the remainder of the window. End of Jan looks pretty dry.



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By ccrossen | December 21, 2018

Rain snow mix in the alpine today. A few inches over night, but warm temps are making things a bit sloppy. Look for weather to clear the next couple of days and then we have a storm coming in Dec 24-25th. This will be a fast-moving system, with about 12″ or so expected at the upper elevations. So a nice reset. Then we clear out. Models are showing a dry pattern in near term…. .

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Squaw Valley Park & Ride – Truckee

By ccrossen | December 19, 2018

positive changes!

As we await the next storm, please consider the traffic situation we will all be a part of…. there are now some better options


In order to combat congestion on highway 89 during peak winter visitation periods, the Truckee North Tahoe Transportation Management Association has, in collaboration with Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows and Placer County, adopted a pilot program for park and ride services during the 2018-2019 winter season. This program will be put in place on holidays and weekends December – March.*

Truckee Park and Ride

The Truckee Park and Ride parking lot will be located at the Truckee Tahoe Unified School District Administrative Offices off of Donner Pass Road, behind the fire station and Wild Cherries. Tahoe Area Regional Transit (TART) buses will offer Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows – specific service every 30 minutes in the park and ride lots from 7am to 6pm. This service will be free.

*Planned dates for the Truckee Park & Ride to Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows are: December 28-30, January 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27, February 2-3, 9-10, 16-18, 23-24, and March 2-3, 9-10.

Skiers and riders traveling to Alpine Meadows can take the bus to Squaw Valley, then connect to Alpine Meadows via the Squaw Alpine Express shuttle.

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By ccrossen | December 16, 2018

Quick update for the incoming storm. Hi winds again Sunday into Sunday afternoon, when the front arrives. We should get between 5-10 inches of snow tonight into tomorrow morning. Will start warm and get colder, which will be nice for the snow pack and for the skiing. We have a fairly complex backcountry snowpack right now. Touring yesterday, encountered almost ever type of snow condition imaginable, making for very interesting skiing. The snowpack is very diverse, with snow type and density changing quickly within small zones. Older faceted layers and wind slabs will be buried by the new storm, and it remains to be seen what will happen to these once loaded. Wind slabs persist on N/NE facing slopes, and they will be covered by new snow and loading.

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