December 2, 2012 at 3:58 AM
Weather Discussion: An 'atmospheric river' remains pointed at California this morning as a large trough across the Gulf of Alaska holds firm. A slight break in the action is expected this afternoon (or at least less widespread precipitation) as the next & last storm, in the storm series, develops offshore. This cold front promises to be another potent system. Already strong winds will increase further this evening and early tonight as heavy rain develops across the North Coast and pushes inland. Widespread heavy rain (higher terrain snow) and strong southwesterly winds will plague the Lake Tahoe Basin after midnight although snow levels are expected to rise a little at first. Moderate to heavy rain & snow will continue through the morning/afternoon hours across the entire region before finally winding down in the evening. New snowfall amounts (wet snow) for locations above ~7500ft could near 2-4ft. Snow levels are expected to drop later tomorrow which may bring a mix of rain/snow back down to lake level locations but significant accumulations are not expected, especially since the ground will be so saturated with several inches of rain. Once the system passes Sunday night, high pressure will build which will finally create a dry day for Monday. By Tuesday however, the next mild Pacific frontal system is forecast to migrate into the North State returning some light rain/snow to the region by the late afternoon. Amounts shouldn't end up too much with most of the precip falling near the coast and to the north. Some lingering showers are possible into Wednesday but by Thurs/Fri, high pressure over the state should help to bring several dry days to the Sierra. Stay Thirsty, Coop
|Last 24 Hours||16"||24"||Last 7 Days||25-32"|
|Last 48 Hours||25"||32"||Seasonal Total Range||97-110"|
|Storm Total||25"||32"||Base Depth||32-46"|
The data for this real-time snow and weather report is obtained directly from the snow weather plots at Kirkwood Mountain Resort and the surrounding areas. Snow totals and snow accumulation are consistently 15 to 20% more than reported as a result of wind, micro squalls and snow loading. Weather patterns at Kirkwood Mountain Resort are exceedingly difficult to predict – when venturing into the mountain, be prepared for rapid, dramatic weather changes.
Powder, Packed Powder with machine groomed runs. Early season conditions exist, beware of unmarked obstacles.
Road Conditions: Alert
|Hwy. 88 via Tahoe:||SR 88 [IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA & SIERRA NEVADA] NO TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS ARE REPORTED FOR THIS AREA.|
|Hwy. 88 via Jackson:||SR 88 [IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA & SIERRA NEVADA] NO TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS ARE REPORTED FOR THIS AREA.|
|Hay Flat, Hay Flat Alt., SnowKirk|
|#2 Caples Crest||
|#3 Iron Horse||
|Mokelumne, Lower Zachary, Lower Monte Wolfe, Race Course, Lower Olympic, Lower Lookout Janek|
|#6 Cornice Express||
|#7 TC Express||
|#10 Wagon Wheel
|#11 The Reut||
|Buckboard, Wagon Trail|
|#15 Covered Wagon||
Lifts open from 9am-4pm.
* Lifts 12 & 13 are our Magic Carpets at Timber Creek. These are for exclusive use by the Tahoe Learning Center during lessons and not open to the public.
* Lift operation is dependent on weather conditions and snow safety and therefore subject to change at any time.
High Angle Grooming
Now taking bookings for January AIARE Level 1 Courses. Call E:K for details at 209.258.7360.
Parks & Pipes
|Outlaw (Chair 5)||
|Bandit (Chair 7)||
Timber Creek Learning Center Closed
Limited lessons are available out of Expedition: Kirkwood (located across from Chair 6, next to Bub's). Please call for information and reservations. 209.258.7360.
Mountain Village Open
Tickets and passes plus rentals and repair/tuning services are available in the Village Plaza. Kirkwood Mountain Sports on the Village Plaza is now open daily!
Kirkwood Cross Country & Snowshoe Center Open
The Cross Country Center is open with 10km of groomed track on the Meadow Loop Trail. Please note: The Annual Kirkwood XC 10K is going to be postponed. Check the website for updates! Update your Season Pass to include XC for just $89 at the Season Pass Office.
Special Events & Remarks
Season Pass Sale ends Sunday - last chance to get your epic pass. Go to snow.com.
Tickets & Passes
|Child under 5|
*Lift ticket prices are dependent on lift status, weather conditions and snow safety and therefore subject to change.