Tahoe: Bring on the Snow

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Lori Cooney

    Timing is everything in this world and it is working out great for Tahoe and Sierra ski resorts.

    Snow has stacked up by the feet in recent week with more on the way.

    Squaw Valley for instance, says it has already received 13 feet of snow this winter, including 2.5 feet since Christmas.  That  makes it the snowiest December since 2001.

    Heavenly isn't far behind.  It has received 60 to 112 inches.   Folks there report all lifts are open and snow conditions couldn't be better. 

    While Squaw gets ready to mark 50 years since hosting the Winter Olympics, Heavenly is celebrating a new tubing hill and lift.  For $30 dollars you can ride the hit on rubber instead of wax for a 65 foot drop.  The tubing is for "big kids."  You have to be 40 inches to hop on board.

    Check Ski Conditions

    The coming storm is supposed to  bring another foot in the higher elevations and several more inches at lake level.

    Donner Summit has been busy most of the week as people from Sacramento and the Bay Area head over the mountain. 

    There are 150 workers at the ready to move the snow and get those roads clear for traffic.

    "Us here at Caltrans, we're here to get you there," Caltrans' Brian Carlson told KCRA.

    Snowpack Totals Are In

    The first snow survey of the 2009-2010 winter season indicates that California's snow water content is 85 percent of normal, according to the California Department of Water Resources.

    Noting that at this time last year the volume of water contained in the Sierra snow pack was at 76 percent of normal, Department of Water Resources Chief Deputy Director Sue Sims offered cautious optimism in the  face of three prior below-average years and urged continued conservation.

    "Despite some recent storms, today's snow survey shows that we're still playing catch-up when it comes to our statewide water supplies," Sims said in a statement.

    "Looking at a real possibility of a fourth dry year, we must prepare now, conserve now and act now so that we have enough water for homes, farms and businesses in 2010 and the future," Sims said.

    Agency officials said that it's too early in the season to tell whether improved figures over last year's first snow survey will translate into a better water year overall.

    Electronic sensor readings showed the northern Sierra snow water content at 77 percent of normal for this date, the central Sierra at 85 percent, and the southern Sierra at 99 percent, according to DWR.

    Bay City News contributed to this report.