The California drought strikes again. On Sunday, Sierra-at-Tahoe announced that they would temporarily close due to a lack of snow, and now Truckee's Sugar Bowl Resort has announced they are closing for the season on Sunday, March 22. A normal closing date for Sugar Bowl is sometime in mid-to-late April. Attributing the hard decision to "deteriorating snow conditions at the base of the mountain" and a lack of snow in the forecast, Sugar Bowl Resort isn't even going to try to pretend that this awful winter can be salvaged for Tahoe. And while Sierra-at-Tahoe and Sugar Bowl are the largest and most popular ski areas that have closed early, four others are on the list, too.
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So which ski areas in Tahoe have been forced to close prematurely due to the drought and warm temperatures?
· Sugar Bowl Resort (closing Sunday)
· Donner Ski Ranch
· Soda Springs
· Tahoe Donner
Elsewhere, the snowiest ski area in North America, Mt. Baker, also closed temporarily on March 8 due to deteriorating snow conditions. The ski area had hoped to reopen on Friday, March 20 in order to hold the Legendary Banked Slalom condition, but was forced to cancel the reopening because warm temperatures are destroying the snowpack.
Maybe it's time to get the mountain bikes out.
· The Worst Winter Ever? Sierra-at-Tahoe Closes Due to No Snow [Curbed Ski]
· Inside the High-Dollar Fight to Save California Skiing [Curbed Ski]
· Ski Industry Expert Says 31% of Today's Ski Areas Are Dying [Curbed Ski]
· Checking in on the Snowpack After the West's Latest Storms [Curbed Ski]
· NYT Writes Incredibly Depressing Article on California Drought [Curbed Ski]