The Top 3 Longest Ski Seasons in Lake Tahoe:

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The Fingers of KT-22 at Squaw Valley, CA in March 2011. photo: snowbrains
The Fingers of KT-22 at Squaw Valley, CA in March 2011. photo: snowbrains

It’s not often these days that you get to ski in the month of May in Lake Tahoe. The last few years, especially once the winter storms abate, have shown thin snow packs come spring. But after an epic season last year, folks had the pleasure of skiing and riding at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Resort through May 30th. That’s right. May 30th.

So who has the longest ski season in Tahoe? Last year, after opening November 12th, Squaw Alpine holds the title. And it looks like this year they may keep it, as they’re scheduled to open on November 11th and hopefully a big snowpack will keep them open until the end of May again.  Squaw just got a healthy dose of snow over the weekend.  Check out the video below:

Here are Last Year’s Three Longest Ski Seasons in Lake Tahoe

We’ve added the projected opening dates as well, just so you can get really fired up

(two of them are just around the corner).

#1. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, CA:

With a six and half month season last year and let’s face it, pretty much the best terrain on offer in the region, Squaw Alpine is looking to do it again for the 2016/17 season. Their projected opening is three weeks from now on November 11th. Investments in snowmaking and infrastructure have really helped push the skiing further into the spring at Squaw Alpine and they’re hoping this year to be able to offer skiing and riding right through May. And who knows? Maybe we’ll see some June turns this year.   Squaw Alpine opened on November 12th, 2015 and closed on May 30th, 2016

#2. Mt Rose, NV:

Last year, tiny little Mt Rose was the first ski hill to open in Tahoe. They managed to get things rolling on November 4th. Their season extended into early May with a closing date of May 8. Again this year, Mt Rose is planning to open earlier than everyone, with a projected opening day of October 31st.

Mt. Rose ski resort and Lake Tahoe, NV/CA.
Mt. Rose ski resort and Lake Tahoe, NV/CA.  photo:  mt. rose

#3. Heavenly, CA:

Not far behind was Heavenly. Always good for a long season, the folks on the Southeast end of the Lake never disappoint, with a long season that pushes well into April and sometimes even May. They opened on November 21st, 2015 and stayed open an extra week last year closing on April 24th, 2016.  Their projected opening this year is November 23rd.

Heavenly, CA. photo: heavenly
Heavenly, CA. photo: heavenly

It’s mid October and already things are looking good for opening days around the region with up to 18″ of new snow over the weekend.


Be safe, ski hard.


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4 thoughts on “The Top 3 Longest Ski Seasons in Lake Tahoe:

  1. The first 5 times you posted this it was the top 5 as it still is in bold “Here are Last Year’s Five Longest Ski Seasons in Lake Tahoe” in this one. My comment on 10/16 was to a previous version that I see you used to update Heavenly’s closing date. Maybe you should include Boreal as they opened on Nov. 6 and re-opened on June 18 and July 2. See

  2. Stony is correct. Kirkwood closed with a top to bottom base of 4-6′. They could have stayed open for many more weeks.

  3. Correction: Kirkwood opened last year on Nov. 14 and I had a powder day there on Nov. 16.

    Additional info below:
    Heavenly stayed open a week later than Kirkwood last season, closing on April 24.
    Kirkwood could have gone a lot later than April 17, but Vail said NO.
    Mt Rose opened on Nov.4 but it was only a beginner run

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