Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort, CA “Uncertain” as to How Much Terrain it Will be Able to Open this Year Due to Damage from Caldor Fire

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The Caldor Fire had its way with Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort this summer. The South Lake Tahoe ski resort is still suffering from the damage the blaze left as it tore through it, and is scrambling to open in time for its winter season. The wildfire passed through Sierra burning trees in various spots around the mountain but also left many areas unscathed. The Nob Hill and Castle Creek areas of the resort were some of the most impacted based on initial reports. Off the mountain, the maintenance shop located at the base was destroyed along with Chill Carpet, a surface lift utilized primarily by beginners learning their first turns on the front side of the mountain. But, thanks to the preventive work completed by staff and firefighters on the ground, all Base Area buildings and lodges located on the mountain were saved.

Sierra-at-Tahoe released an update on its opening plans yesterday, writing in a social post that it is still “uncertain as to how much terrain we will be able to open this year.” Detailed inspections of the entire resort have revealed it will not be able to offer the same ski experience as last season, according to the update. Sierra-at-Tahoe season passholders have been instructed to check their email for options related to their 2021/22 season pass.

The full update can be read below. 

Update on Sierra-at-Tahoe opening for the 2021-22 season

Although we have been working nonstop—and will continue to—on plans to reopen the resort, we want to let you know that we are still uncertain as to how much terrain we will be able to open this year. The safety of our employees and guests continues to be our number one priority, and despite making progress every day and working together with our partners at the United States Forest Service, and with arborists, engineers and inspectors, we have big challenges ahead.

Detailed inspections of the entire resort have revealed that we will not be able to offer you the same ski experience you have come to expect from Sierra. The work ahead of us includes evaluating the damage to trees throughout the resort property, particularly those along ski trails and lift lines, and continuing to repair chairlifts that were impacted while simultaneously navigating global supply chain and shipping challenges that are slowing that progress.

We’re not giving up, nor are we backing down from the challenge. We want you to know what we know – our intention is to keep moving forward, and to open what we can, when we can to welcome you back to Sierra this season.

To our loyal Sierra-at-Tahoe Season Passholders: please check your email for options related to your 2021/22 season pass.

We realize that it’s incredibly frustrating not to have all the answers, or to have a clearer picture of what the season may look like. Like you, we wish we did. On behalf of our entire team, we appreciate your patience, support, and understanding as we work through this unprecedented situation.

– Sierra-at-Tahoe

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