The Weekend Drop: January 25 Edition

Good news everyone: Your snow dances and prayers worked! This time last week we asked you to do everything in your power to help bring snow to Lake Tahoe, and you (and Mother Nature) delivered. Last Friday morning (01.19.18), we received 11 inches of fresh snow at the summit. That was followed by a few inches Monday, and then the big storm last night, bringing 13 inches to the summit and 11 inches to mid-mountain.

The new snow accumulation has made a huge difference in Lake Tahoe, both in coverage and open terrain. As of last week's report, there were 47 trails open at Northstar. But I am happy to report that as of right now, there are at least 60 trails open at Northstar


Just this morning ski patrol and mountain ops were able to open the following: 

  • Zephyr Chair:  Sodergren's (Blue), Christmas Tree (Blue), The Gully (Blue), and Northern Lights (Blue) opened off of Zephyr Express. 
  • Vista Chair: Cat's Face (Blue) opened off of Logger's Loop.  Sidewinder (Terrain Park) and Lower Moonshine (Terrain Park) also opened. 
  • The Backside: Rapids (Black), Polaris (Black), Rail Splitter (Black), Sierra Grande (Black), Challenger (Black) and High Road are now open. The Backside can also now be accessed from Martis Camp via Backdoor (Blue).

For the latest information on current terrain conditions, check out the mountain conditions page or follow @northstarmtn on Twitter.


More snow is expected to fall tonight into tomorrow, making for an awesome weekend ahead. Skiing all of this new snow will make for a great ski weekend around Lake Tahoe. However, even better will be skiing Northstar with the mountain to yourself, which I recently wrote about with the new First Tracks program. This Lake Tahoe First Tracks program affords the opportunity for you, a guide, and a few other people to get on the mountain a full hour before anyone else. Ski until your heart is content before breaking for breakfast, just as everyone else is taking their first run. Check out what one of our guests had to say about it.

If you are more interested in exploring the Sierra at your own pace, the snow has made a new opportunity possible. Strap on a pair of snowshoes and hit the trails at the Cross-Country, Telemark & Snowshoe Center.  Until recently, snowshoeing was only available through guided tours, but are now available at Northstar for self-guided exploration. 

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Colin Lygren

Colin Lygren is a recovering news reporter seeking a new life in a ski town. While he is originally from Sacramento, Tahoe is the place Colin has always called home. He started visiting the region at just a year old and practically grew up on the slopes with his dad and sister. When he is not writing for Tahoe Ascent, Colin is shooting pictures and video or getting up early to make sure he gets fresh tracks, whether it be a groomer day or a powder day. In the summer, Colin likes to relax on the beach by Lake Tahoe’s blue waters or fly fish in the Truckee River.