Sunday morning saw a lot of Tahoe ski resorts closing amidst howling winds and whiteout conditions. Even with up to 7 feet of new snow, the resorts could not create safe environments for skiers and snowboarders.
Palisades Tahoe attempted to open Sunday morning but were stopped by intense winds. During the afternoon, the winds surpassed 100 mph, creating zero visibility on the mountain:
Winds are gusting over 100mph and visibility is nearly zero on the mountains. Thank you to our teams for battling this gnarly storm! ðŸŽ¥: Palisades Groomer Bandit from last night. #palisadesops pic.twitter.com/gzSvyannq5— Palisades Tahoe (@palisadestahoe) December 26, 2021
That right there is why most resorts closed for the day. As of Sunday afternoon, only Heavenly Mountain Resort had a limited opening today. Although there’s multiple feet of new snow, skiers can enjoy the powder fest. On top of that, all roads in and out of Tahoe are closed. Interstate 80 won’t open until at least Monday afternoon. Highway 395 is closed in Mono County, making it impossible for anyone to get into or leave Mammoth Lakes.
It’s a December to remember in the Northern California. In fact, Tahoe could see its snowiest December on record. Keep it coming!