It’s a Covid Life:
How Will South Lake Tahoe’s Snow Season Shape Up?
By Kathy Chin Leong

As early as the mid-November, South Lake Tahoe was transformed into a winter wonderland overnight with more than a foot of snow at area ski resorts. With recent cold overnight temperatures, resorts have been making snow to supplement nature’s handiwork and are preparing for openings soon: Heavenly Mountain Resort anticipates Nov. 20, Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Dec. 4, and Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort as conditions allow. 

For the season’s first venture to the mountains, following are recommended winter driving tips and planning resources: During snowfall, a fleet of city and state snow removal vehicles work throughout the Lake Tahoe Basin to keep the roads clear and safe for travel. Caltrans has current California road conditions at or 1-800-427-ROAD (7623) or 916-445-7623. For road conditions in Nevada, contact the Nevada Department of Transportation at or 877-687-6237. For the most up-to-date information on snowfall, mountain base depths and road conditions in South Lake Tahoe, check area ski resort web sites and cams, or call snow phones: Heavenly: 775-586-7000; Sierra-at-Tahoe: 530-659-7475; Kirkwood: 209-258-3000.

For winter enthusiasts eager to explore South Tahoe’s various outdoor options, tourism officials are highly recommending mid-week stays – Sunday through Thursday. Do plan well in advance to  secure reservations for attractions and dining. To help visitors plan a safe, healthy winter adventure, Tahoe South has updated information on its website at “Know Before You Go” and Responsible Recreation with all current state and county health protocols. See

When visiting South Lake Tahoe, a coalition of Lake Tahoe and local government agencies remind visitors of the public health directives to wear a mask, wash your hands, and stay six-feet apart to decrease the spread of COVID-19. “The Virus Doesn’t Take a Vacation,” outreach safety campaign includes videos:

Heavenly and Kirkwood Mountains Resort are following guidelines requiring guests to wear face coverings on the mountain and in all parts of resort operations, including in lift lines and riding lifts and gondolas. 
To ski or ride, you must make reservations.  Vail Resorts announced a mountain access reservation system and limits on lift tickets to prioritize its pass holders. 

During the 2020/21 season, Sierra-at-Tahoe is also introducing COVID-19 safety guidelines and operational modifications for skiers and riders. Consistent with health guidelines, face coverings will be required, as will physically distancing six feet apart whenever possible. Regular cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch areas will take place, as well as daily staff wellness checks. 


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