After the Caldor Fire moved through Sierra-at-Tahoe in the summer of 2021, the ski resort’s management has been hard at work to bring skiers and snowboarders back to the popular mountain. The following year would see a lot of challenges for the resort, and the question remained if they would actually open for the 2022-2023 season.
“Our recent updates of trees dropping and glimpses of the daily changing landscape, may have you wondering, ‘Is Sierra ?????? going to open this winter?’” the resort wrote on social media. “Our answer is: ???? ???. And we’ve got the stats to show it.”
Resort management recently released a map of the damaged areas and the efforts behind cleaning them up. The west side of the mountain, specifically West Bowl, saw the most damage during the fire, so early efforts concentrated on that area. Now, efforts have moved to the east side of the mountain, where less fire damage was seen.
Here is the full map:
The area in green is completed, meaning it has been assessed, hazardous trees have been cut, decked, and are being hauled off the mountain. Efforts will now be turned to the blue area of the map, which is typically the most popular area at the resort.
“With goals for West Bowl complete, falling ops have moved to the eastern side of the mountain,” wrote resort management on their website. “We anticipate remediation in this area to move swiftly as early assessments indicate the tree canopy and vegetation has limited to no fire damage across beloved areas such as Huckelberry Canyon. Helicopter operations are planning to arrive at the end of September to assist with hard-to-access areas like those in Jack’s Bowl.”
With all this said, the resort is still planning on a 46-trail network this winter season. With plenty of trees gone, the mountain will surely look different than it has in the past. It’s going to be fascinating to see the mountain with a whole new look this winter, and we’re stoked to see it!