Skier's delight: Lake Tahoe resort reports 9 inches of fresh pow pow; more snow coming

This week's winter storm brings Palisades Tahoe's season snowfall total to 317 inches and with a base depth of 83 inches on the upper mountain

OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. – Don’t put those skis away just yet. Old Man Winter isn’t giving up in the Sierra Nevada range.

Palisades Tahoe, an epicenter for spring skiing and riding with the longest season in Tahoe, plans to keep lifts spinning for as long they possibly can. And the storm that rolled through the area Monday morning accumulated 9 inches of snowfall in the upper mountain.

And while high winds caused nearly all lifts to go on wind closure, 18 lifts opened Tuesday, and the resort anticipates plenty of fresh tracks for skiers and riders on the mountain. 

The storm brings their season snowfall total to 317 inches and with a base depth of 83 inches on the upper mountain. 

Officials are urging everyone on the mountain to ski and ride with caution as there are likely unmarked obstacles on the slopes. 

The next storm for the mountain arrives Wednesday night before clearing Thursday night. Palisades Tahoe expects highs in the 30s at the base and 20s up top. Wind gusts from the southwest could top to 80-plus mph up top. The resort said they could see an additional 1-5 inches at the base and 5-11 inches on the mountain by Thursday evening.

Friday night into possibly Saturday evening, another storm is expected to push more rain and snow into the northern Sierra. If the forecast holds, Palisades Tahoe said they could see more than three feet of new snow on the upper mountain by Sunday morning.

Tuesday snow numbers

Upper Mountain (8,000 ft. elevation)

  • 0 inches – Overnight
  • 8 inches – 24 hour
  • 9inches – 7 day
  • 83 inches – Base
  • 317 – Season to date

The Village at Palisades Tahoe Base Area (6,200 ft.)

  • 0 – Overnight
  • 4 inches – 24 hour
  • 4 inches – 7 day
  • 9 inches – Base
  • 163 inches – Season to date

Alpine Lodge (6,800 ft.)

  • 0 inches – Overnight
  • 6 inches – 24 hour
  • 6inches – 7 day
  • 36 inches – Base
  • 235 – Season to date