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Pretty much the entire country knew a giant snowstorm was set to pummel California ski resorts late last week and it delivered, big time, in what is easily the largest snowstorm of the 2023-2024 season in the Sierra Nevada.

Sugar Bowl shared a repeat of last season’s viral photo that showed a door at the resort offices buried after a 107-inch dump. This time, SB shared almost the exact same photo, albeit the 2024 version with a little more snow: “Well, the internationally viral marketing door is making another grand entrance to kick off March. This is the second story of the building,” wrote the resort. Sugar Bowl reported 127 inches in the last seven days.

Nearby Donner Summit reportedly received seven feet of new snow. Roads were still closed and icy throughout the day with more snow in the forecast through Monday.

Palisades Tahoe, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Sugar Bowl and Mammoth all experienced some type of terrain closure from the storm this week.

Palisades still scored in total though, reporting 96 inches in the past week. 

Kirkwood logged 31 inches in the last 48 hours but its seven-day storm total was a bit less on the south side of the lake with 62 inches. Mt. Rose, on the Reno, Nevada side of the Sierra, also logged solid numbers, dialing in at 96 inches from this storm alone. 

The joyous fact about this weather event is it was fairly cold throughout, bringing not only snow in quantity, but blower quality. Conditions are pretty good out there. “The skiing in Tahoe this past weekend gets a 5-star Yelp review from me,” wrote Elyse Saugstad (above). “If I could leave 6 stars I would.”

Powderchasers was calling for another 12-18 inches in parts of the Sierra Monday-Tuesday. Winds at upper elevations have hampered this storm so be aware. Overall, a pretty solid week of snow in the mountains of California.


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