The 19/20 season was brought to a halt due to COVID-19 right as Tahoe got pounded with feet of powder. With so much snow left on the table last season, we were looking to start the 20/21 season off strong! Luckily this year we had a good combination of average snowfall and below normal temps. This gave the Tahoe resorts the ability to open by Thanksgiving with a decent amount of terrain and plenty of precautions for COVID-19.
Our season opening week brought us to 3 different Tahoe resorts: Heavenly, Mt. Rose, and Sierra at Tahoe. We have our usual Epic Tahoe Local passes for Heavenly, Kirkwood, and Northstar and this year we topped it off with passes to Sierra at Tahoe so we can ski on holidays. We are really pleased with the decision to buy Sierra passes because the resort opened one day before Thanksgiving with the best snow of the 3. Heavenly started out strong but their early opening and popularity turned the open runs without snowmaking into rocky hell in short order. Mt. Rose was a surprised add because it opened for non-passholder skiing on Monday selling half-day tickets. We took advantage of the bargain $50 afternoon tickets and were able to ski some nice open terrain in the front side, although hitting some random rocks.
This season we will try to get some of the Northern Rockies resorts in Montana and Idaho done if Covid doesn’t shut us down. We don’t expect to be able to do more than 4 new resorts, but no matter what happens we will be playing in the snow!