The winter that just won’t quit is doing just that: not quitting. It’s almost as if this winter is powered by Energizer Batteries. On the morning of May 22 residents of the Lake Tahoe area woke up to six inches of fresh, cold snow on top of what could already be considered epic late season coverage. With an above average winter and seven feet of snow in the month of April, there is no lack of snow in the Sierra, and snow is still falling in May.
While the powder wasn’t exceptionally deep, it was just enough to top off the smooth snow all over the Basin. Sometimes dust on crust is pretty awesome, especially in late May. Face shots were certainly not plentiful, but I’m pretty sure I got a stomach shot or two.
With an extraordinarily high percentage of local residents looking forward to summer those who aren’t have been enjoying an all-time spring from Mammoth to Mt. Shasta. Below average temperatures and frequent small storms have kept conditions great and the upper elevation snow pack from melting. All this snow has kept us from getting into a true California corn cycle, but powder will do for now. Maybe it’ll corn up when we’re still skiing around here in July.
As for winter, there seems to be no end in sight with more snow predicted for Memorial Day weekend. This winter will be remembered as one of the best in a decade with more May powder days than I’ve ever imagined possible. For those who have moved on, summer doesn’t officially start until June 21.
Mammoth Mountain is the only resort in California still open, with the lifts turning till July 4. Check out these tips on backcountry skiing in the Sierra.