After drought perils and a few lackluster winter seasons, winter glory is back in the Lake Tahoe area thanks to record snowfall in the Sierras.
Powder-covered trees and snow walls over 10 feet tall line the highways that lead to Lake Tahoe. The winding roads direct visitors up to higher elevation, where the usually rocky mountainsides are now covered in hundreds of inches of fluffy layers of snow–a result of weeks of heavy winter storms that have touched down over most of California. For fans of the winter season, the thick blankets of gray clouds that quickly roll into the Tahoe area–though ominous in appearance–and the cold, crisp, biting air are a sign of good things to come.
So far, it has been a winter for the books in the Sierra Nevada mountains with ski and snowboard resorts in the Lake Tahoe area reporting a record snowfall season. Visitors have been flocking to resorts like Sierra-at-Tahoe in El Dorado National Forest, which reported receiving a total of over 35 feet of snow so far this winter season and are expecting more to fall throughout the month of February.
But zero visibility days and dangerous road conditions are also part of the snow-filled package, causing closures for many roads and resorts in the Tahoe area due to high winds, mudslides, and avalanche risks. The resorts, as well as local highway patrol, have stressed the importance of a little bit of preparation and awareness of mountain safety in winter conditions like these
Still, it’s turning out to be a season to remember thanks to all of the snow Mother Nature has graced the Sierra Mountains with. Even with spring just around the corner, it’s safe to say there will still be plenty of snow to enjoy in the month ahead.