Palisades Tahoe, CA Report: A Few Inches of New Snow on Ice With Goggle-Sticking Sleet

Miles Clark | | Conditions ReportConditions Report

Report from March 11, 2023

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Yesterday, Palisades Tahoe, CA was closed due to severe weather – namely strong wind (up to 177mph on the ridges) and driving rain.

Today, Palisades opened the lower mountain and it was funky out there.

The rain had changed to snow but not enough of it had fallen to cover up the ice beneath.

Red Dog meets Far East. image: snowbrains

Here in Olympic Valley, we found 4″ of absolute slop on our car.

Goopy, gunky, sticky, sloppy, nasty, as-heavy-as-possible snow…

We did one run on Red Dog and it was pretty tough…

Red Dog trees. image: snowbrains

Icy, scratchy, hooky, wet, weird, and then sticky towards the bottom.

We also couldn’t see anything because tho it was technically snowing, it was a wet sleet that stuck to your goggles forcing you to wipe them off every 3 turns.

KT-22 did open but the reports we got back from those who were there was that small, wet avalanches were being triggered all over and the skiing was also weird over there.

Tahoe life. image: snowbrains

It was fun to get out and slide around after a day of no skiing, but we decided to save our energy for tomorrow.

It is still currently snowing at Palisades Tahoe (4:44pm PT) and the forecast is for it to snow 7-11″ tonight then 8-12″ tomorrow during the day.

Fingers crossed that it gets a bit colder tonight.

Could be a fun, wet, wild week of snow and fun!


image: palisades tahoe, 3/11/23


image: noaa, 3/11/23

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