Get Outside With Family This Coming Thanksgiving Weekend!

In case you haven’t heard: REI has decided to close all their stores for Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving). Instead, they are encouraging their employees and clientele to get outside. We love that other retailers share our values! Thanksgiving Weekend is a time to be with your family and friends.  We’ll be closed Thanksgiving Day, but we’ll be back in the store on Friday from 10am to 2pm, just in case you need anything.

So get outside! Plan your first trip to the snow this season or camp where it’s still warm. Plan ahead by calling the The Ski Renter and reserve all the gear you need for your Thanksgiving adventures!

NOAA predicts, “There is an 85% chance El Niño will last through the 2015-16 winter”

El Niño’s coming! This could mean a great snow year… or not. We tend to associate El Niño years with increased rainfall, and that typically means more snow in the mountains. We desperately need both!

As you can imagine, we pay a lot of attention to the weather here at The Ski Renter, and it turns out, it’s been about 50-50 in the past, with some El Niños delivering strong rains in the valleys and great snows in the mountains, and some not so much. It depends on the size of the El Niño, and a lot of other factors, many of which even the weather forecasters do not understand. However, the El Niño that is forming currently is one of the larger ones on record. And of the last five El Niños of this size, four delivered great snow, and three were some of our snowiest winters on record, so we’ve got a good chance!

Typically, we get our first snows in mid-November and Boreal is usually the first ski hill to open, with most of the others following soon after. As soon as the temperature gets low enough, they start making snow to help ensure an early opening. If they then get a storm or two on top of it, its assured!

I looked up the last ten seasons, and on average, opening day was November 21st; the earliest opening day being the 15th, the latest the 30th.

For many, the goal is to be able to ski Thanksgiving Weekend. Thanksgiving is November 26th this year, so it looks like we have a great chance, but after all the weather pundits have spoken, it’s still “wait and see”. Still, wouldn’t it be great enjoying Thanksgiving Dinner in a mountain cabin looking out over snow covered meadows and pines?

Mark Twain, famous writer and political commentator, once exclaimed, “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” Trust me, Mark; we would if we could!

“Think Snow!”

And in the meantime, there are still some great camping days out there until then. It’s beautiful this time of year. The trees are in full Autumn color, most of the insects are gone, and the campgrounds are less crowded. The mornings are cooler, so take your long Johns, a sweater and jacket, and a poncho just in case. We’ve got it all and more; everything you need at The Ski Renter.

Don’t miss out on the NEW snow!

With snow expected tomorrow, reserve your gear today! Bypass the long rental lines and inflated resort prices by stopping in at The Ski Renter before you hit the road. Head for the slopes with ski and snowboard rental bundles starting at only $17.99 (youth) / $28.99 (adult).

The Best Snow Conditions in the Past Four Years

Apparently, you took our motto to heart and “thought snow” ! That last series of storms that finally gave us some more water here in the Valley, added up to 17 inches of snow in the Tahoe Basin. Mt. Rose got the full 17 inches bringing their total depth to 68 inches! Sugar Bowl received 9”, bringing their total depth to 53 inches. Kirkwood got 7 inches of new snow, bringing their total to 52 inches. Squaw Valley received 3 inches bringing their total to 52 inches, and Northstar 3 inches, bringing their total depth to 48 inches. These are some of the best snow conditions in the past four years. 

So Where Are the Best Conditions Right Now?

Snow News Is Good News!

So, where are the best ski conditions right now?

It’s Sunday, January 25, and I’ve been checking out the latest snow conditions; which ski hills have the most snow and comparing them to previous years. (That’s what you do on Sunday when you own a ski shop.)

Some of the best all around snow conditions right now are at Heavenly Valley in South Lake Tahoe with 32 inches, upper and lower slopes.

Sugar Bowl has 15 inches of snow on the lower slopes, but 45 inches on the upper slopes. Sugar Bowl is known for its high annual snowfall and is one of the closest ski areas to the San Francisco Bay Area.

Kirkwood has 25 inches at the bottom and 37 inches on top. Kirkwood is approximately 33 miles south of South Lake Tahoe on Highway 88 and is known for having one of the highest average snowfalls of any resort.

Bear Valley has 30 inches of snow, both upper and lower slopes. Bear Valley is south of Lake Tahoe on Highway 4.

Boreal Mountain Resort has 25 inches of snow on both the upper and lower slopes. Boreal is located near Sugar Bowl at Donner Summit, and like Sugar Bowl, is one of the closest areas to the Bay Area.

Following is a list of some of the Lake Tahoe area ski hills with the best conditions right now.

Ski Hill Lower – Upper
Sugar Bowl 15”- 45”
Homewood 7” – 40”
Kirkwood 25” – 37”
Squaw Valley 18” – 34”
Alpine Meadows 18” – 33”
Sierra-at-Tahoe 12” – 33”
Heavenly 32” – 32”
Bear Valley 30” – 30”
Donner Ski Ranch 11” – 30”
Northstar 18” – 28”
Boreal 25” – 25”

At this point, we haven’t had any appreciable snowfall since December 30th. That’s a long dry spell, but actually is not that atypical. The snow depth on the upper slopes at Squaw Valley right now is 34 inches. Comparing the snow depth on the upper slopes at Squaw on this date over the past ten years, snow depth has been 34 inches or less five times, and over 34 inches five times, so this year is very close to average. As it turns out, January is often a dry month.

Think Snow!
George Denise
The Ski Renter

Resort Highlight

Boreal Mountain Resort

With over half of its runs and lifts open, Boreal at Truckee, CA is the place to be for early season shredding. Get a one-day lift ticket for as low as $33.99 and pair it with our Daycation rental package for $28.99/adult, or make it a long weekend with The Getaway for only $38.99 for all three days and take advantage of Boreal’s great lesson packages

Check Out Lift Tickets!

MLK Weekend is On It’s Way!

MLK Weekend is less than two weeks away! Take advantage of the long weekend with The Overnighter package to fill your weekend with snow shredding fun! Pick up on Friday, ski on Saturday and Sunday, and return on Monday all for the price of $33.99/adult or $22.99/youth.

Happy Holidays!

The Ski Renter is proud to be a family owned and operated, green certified, small business. This holiday season we’re excited to send other local families to the snow with great gear – whether it’s your first time to the slopes or the annual family trip. We’re in business to make your vacation as smooth as possible. Renting from TSR saves you money and time! It’s that simple.

Toys For Tots

During the holiday season each year, Toys for Tots collects new unwrapped toys and distributes them to less fortunate children right here in our community. For the second year in a row, The Ski Renter has helped to collect these toys. To our customers who’ve already donated, a huge thank you for being so generous! If you’d like to participate – there’s still time. Stop in anytime before Monday to drop off a new unwrapped toy!

Season Kickoff Party

You’re Invited: Saturday, December 6

Join us at The Ski Renter for our annual Season Kick Off Party; and bring an unwrapped toy to help the Toys for Tots Drive!
Come celebrate our 7th season, check out new equipment and help The Ski Renter, together with Toys for Tots, provide holiday gifts for less fortunate children in our community!