California Travel Tips

California March Miracle 2012! Mountains Got Snow

Published on: March 18, 2012

Rain and snow reached the entire 1,000 mile length of California on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, and the California ski resorts couldn’t be more delighted, except for one. Bear Valley had a power outage that shut down operations at the resort on the weekend. Not to worry–things will be up and running again. Check for updates ( Another word of caution before you go, the Sierra Avalanche Center issued a warning that avalanche danger was expected to be high through the weekend.

In a season that’s been a little to dry for the liking of snow resort operators, this recent storm brought the needed punch to attract tourists–and skiers are delighted–tweeting about the powder conditions!

3-Day New Snow Breakdown:

  • 100 percent of Heavenly is now open, the first time this season that the double-black off-piste terrain has been accessible.
  • Heavenly’s Killebrew Canyon, featuring some of the most extreme terrain you’ll find anywhere is open.
  • North Tahoe: Alpine Meadows – 83 inches of new snow, base snowpack on top of 157 inches
  • Donner Ski Ranch – 88 inches
  • Squaw Valley – 80 inches
  • Sugar Bowl – 79 inches
  • Southern California’s Bear Mountain – 27 inches of new snow, more expected
  • SoCal’s Mount Baldy & Mountain High – 22 inches

Base Snow Reports:

  • Alpine Meadows – 157 inches
  • Kirkwood at Carson Pass – 144 inches , 150 inches total expected with new storm
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