When we arrived in Tahoe on February 12th, there had been little snowfall for the winter so far. Fortunately, Heavenly mountain has good snowmaking capabilities so there were several runs with good coverage so that we found pretty good ski conditions. Of course, if you looked off into the trees you would see mostly rocks and stumps. So definitely, stick to the main runs.
I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit that I’ve never visited this area during the summer. I used to come here frequently to ski since it is the nearest major ski area to Southern California, about a 5 hour drive. So this portion of our summer itinerary was built around a stop in Mammoth Lakes. We parked at the Mammoth Mountain RV Park.
Sadly, one of the major areas I wanted to visit here, Devil’s Postpile National Monument was closed to allow for repairs to the road that leads to it necessitated by winter storms. But there’s still plenty to see and do here.
Back in September, we spent some time here in Tahoe and took a hike through a portion of the Heavenly ski resort. At that time we took this photo from the top of the Upper North Bowl ski run. For reference, I have superimposed a red circle just to the right of the center of the photo. Inside the circle you can see the Olympic Express chair lift.
On January 14, 2013, we finally made our way to Tahoe for some skiing. The Sierra Mountains had good early snowfall and ski areas have built up a good base. We have been able to ski a bit so far and conditions have been excellent. We’ve had clear skies with daytime temps in the mid 40’s. Not warm enough to get any significant melting but warm enough for comfortable skiing. Continue reading