Closing time: Most Truckee-Tahoe ski resorts will close for the season on Easter Sunday
Special to The Union
This weekend marks the final day of skiing and riding at most Lake Tahoe resorts as a historic 2018-19 season comes to a close on Easter Sunday.
With Easter aligning with closing day, Northstar California Resort, Sugar Bowl Resort, and Diamond Peak are also hosting egg hunts and other family friendly events coinciding with end-of-season celebrations.
Northstar soared past its annual snowfall average of 350 inches, eclipsing the 50-foot mark — or 600 inches — for the season this past week, and will close out the year with the annual Easter Eggstravaganza.
More than 8,000 eggs will be scattered across the snow at the Village Overlook for an 11 a.m. hunt. Following Easter festivities skiers and riders will have one last chance to hop on the slopes for the final runs of the season at Northstar.
After being hit with a whopping 624 inches of snow for the year, Sugar Bowl will finish the season out this weekend with the Tiki Pond Skim on Saturday, and Easter activities on Sunday. Sugar Bowl averages 500 inches of annual snowfall, according to the resort.
For the pond skim, the resort is bringing a 100-foot long pool to the base of Mount Disney, according to a news release, and begin the competition at noon. All 75 slots all filled for the pond skim, according to the resort, which features as judges skier Daron Rahlves, mountain biker Cam Zink, OpenSnow forecaster Bryan Allegretto, and Dina Kupfer, of CBS Sacramento.
The following day will celebrate Easter and closing day activities, including a 9 a.m. egg hunt at the top of Nob Hill, visits from the Easter Bunny, a golden egg hunt for a 2019-20 unrestricted season pass, an adult’s keg hunt, and a party at the Village Lodge with local band Forget the Roses.
Near Sugar Bowl, Boreal Mountain will end regular operations for the season this weekend. Boreal was hit with 586 inches of total snow this season. The resort’s closing weekend includes the final Feel Good Friday of the season. Guests can ski or ride for a $25 lift ticket and $5 will be donated to the High Fives Foundation, which helps support the dreams of outdoor action sports athletes and provides resources to those who suffer life-altering injuries.
Boreal’s sister resort, Soda Springs, received 542 inches of snow this season, and will end the season this Sunday.
Diamond Peak was hit with 448 inches of snow this season, and will end the year with live music and a meet and greet with skier Lila Lapanja on Saturday, followed by a 9 a.m. Easter egg hunt on the slopes on Sunday.
Other resorts closing this weekend and later
Around the lake, Homewood Mountain Resort will spin lifts until Sunday, and will have a bonus day for passholders on April 22. Homewood received 610 inches of snow at its summit this season.
Granlibakken will also close its hill this weekend. Kirkwood Mountain Resort ended regular lift operations earlier in the month, but will be open this Friday through Sunday, before closing for the season. Kirkwood received 589 inches of snow this ski season.
Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center is also open until Sunday. The downhill area has already closed.
Heavenly Mountain Resort will spin lifts regularly until April 28. After that, the resort will be open for weekend skiing through May 27. Heavenly was hit with 474 inches of snow this past season.
Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe will end its season on April 28.
Donner Ski Ranch will also remain open until April 28, and will then switch to weekend skiing for as long as conditions allow.
STILL GOING STRONG AT SQUAW ALPINE
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will spin lifts well into spring and at Squaw Valley, into the summer.
After receiving 682 inches at its upper mountain, Squaw Valley will continue regular lift operations until Memorial Day.
After that the resort will be open Friday through Sunday until July 7, weather and conditions permitting.
Alpine Meadows is slated to spin lifts through May, depending on conditions.
Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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