Avid skiers and snowboarders who hate to see winter slipping away know that spring skiing can be one of the great consolations for the end-of-season blues.
For one thing, the weather is warmer, so enthusiasts can often hit the slopes with the sun on their faces and fewer layers on their backs. For another, the snow tends to be softer -- so much so that fans of late-season skiing call it “ego snow,” because you can attempt steeper runs (albeit at a slower pace), knowing that you’re less likely to be hurt if you fall.
And while habitual spring skiers and snowboarders tend to have their favorite destinations, few places do it better than the seven resorts that make up Ski Lake Tahoe, where some lifts run into April and even into May.
The good news for agents and their clients is that the Tahoe resorts, comprising Alpine Meadows, Heavenly Mountain Resort, Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe, Northstar California, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort and Squaw Valley, are not resting on their laurels. Upgrades to base areas and on-mountain amenities, to the tune of some $100 million in capital improvements, are adding user-friendly features designed for families and adults.
The new Bear Cave children's ski and snowboard school lodge at Heavenly Mountain Resort, for example, which opened last season, added a new Black Bear Hollow adventure zone where kids can learn to ski or snowboard in a safe, interactive environment.
Northstar California opened a new quad chairlift to provide ski-in, ski-out access to the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe and added Ripperoo Riglet Park by Burton designed to introduce kids ages 4 to 6 to snowboarding. Meanwhile, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort debuted a new Yoda's Riglet Park learning center, which showcases carvings of popular Star Wars characters.
The new SnoVentures Activity Zone at Squaw Valley features a family-friendly lodge, lift-accessed tubing lanes and even mini snowmobiles designed especially for kids.
And while it’s too soon to predict how late resorts will stay open this year, agents can visit www.skilaketahoe.com to stay updated.