All things must come to an end and that goes for the epic 2018 – 2019 Lake Tahoe ski season. Here are the projected 2019 closing dates for our Tahoe-area ski resorts…

  • Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe: April 28.
  • Squaw Valley: July 7. Seven-day operations through May 27, then Fridays through Sundays through July 7.
  • Alpine Meadows: into May, depending on conditions.
  • Boreal: April 21.
  • Sugar Bowl: April 21.
  • Homewood: April 21.
  • Diamond Peak: April 21.
  • Heavenly: May 27.
  • Northstar California: April 21.
  • Sierra-at-Tahoe: April 21.
  • Tahoe Donner: April 14.
  • Kirkwood: April 14, with an additional weekend of operations from April 19-21.
  • Homewood: April 21.
  • Donner Ski Ranch: April 28.

Source: Reno Gazette Journal.

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We’ve really been walloped by snow this season. Tahoe area ski resorts are literally buried and there is a massive amount of snow on the slopes for good, old fashioned snow play. Whatever your passion – sledding, tubing, snowshoeing, snowman building, etc. – there is plenty of the white stuff for a great family outing.

Many of the best Nevada snow play areas are free. A couple to consider are close to Reno – Galena Creek Visitor Center and Recreation Area and Tahoe Meadows. However, if you venture over to the California side, a SNO-PARK permit will be required if you park at any of the snow play areas maintained by CalTrans.

If you are willing to pay for more amenities, consider the snow play, tubing and sledding parks maintained by many of the ski resorts. For a rundown of snow play opportunities, refer to “Snow Play Areas in the Lake Tahoe Region.”

January is “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month”. Ski areas around Reno / Lake Tahoe are offering deals designed to get new skiers and snowboarders on the slopes and to help veterans improve their technique during the winter season. Many ski resorts are offering discounts on lessons, lift tickets, rentals and more, giving you incentives to try a new sport.

Not every ski area officially participates in Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, but even those that don’t have pretty good beginner packages for first-timers on the slopes. Check out “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month” for some of the available offerings.

Of course, not everyone wants to slide down a mountain on skis or a snowboard. Learn more about just plain fun in the snow and perhaps some sledding or tubing from “Snow Play Areas in the Lake Tahoe Region.”