Lake Tahoe resort pushes back start of ski season due to dry weather

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Skiers thread their way through patches of dry ground on March 21, 2015 in Olympic Valley, California. Many Tahoe-area ski resorts closed due to low snowfall in 2015, and in 2021, dry conditions again plagued the resorts. (Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

Skiers thread their way through patches of dry ground on March 21, 2015 in Olympic Valley, California. Many Tahoe-area ski resorts closed due to low snowfall in 2015, and in 2021, dry conditions again plagued the resorts. (Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

The Sugar Bowl Resort at Lake Tahoe has postponed the start of ski season, becoming the third resort in the region to delay their opening days due to uncooperative weather.

Sugar Bowl, on the north side of Lake Tahoe, had planned to open Friday and did not immediately have a rescheduled opening date, the Sacramento Bee reported.

“We had held onto hope as long as we could but with a forecast calling for more mild and dry weather in the week ahead, we must delay the start of our winter season,” the resort said on its website Monday.

Earlier, the Heavenly and Northstar resorts announced they would not be open by the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and also did not have updated openings.

There had been high expectations when storms delivered enough snow to allow three other Sierra Nevada resorts to open early at the end of October.

Palisades Tahoe, another California ski resort in the Lake Tahoe area, did open early, moving its starting day to Oct. 29 after a big storm dropped more than 3 feet (0.9 meter) of snow on its upper mountains.

But the resort has since closed due to dry weather and hasn’t been able to reopen, said Alex Spychalsky, a resort Palisades Tahoe spokeswoman.

The resort expects to open for skiing and riding in early December, she said.

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