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

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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.

Happy Thanksgiving!

We’re thankful for you!

Get excited for snow season! The holidays are here and we’re grateful for our loyal customers. Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours. Then get ready to gear up for Black Friday! Details below.

Ski Vice President’s Day Weekend!

Presidents’ Weekend was so successful, we thought we would extend it and do it again – so we’re having Vice Presidents’ Weekend.  After all, Elbridge Gerry, Hannibal Hamlin, Charles Fairbanks, and Schuyler Colfax, Vice Presidents all, were important too!  The snow is good, the temperatures are dropping, and there is more snow predicted for later this week, so February 28 – March 2, are officially Vice Presidents’ Weekend at The Ski Renter!   Read more

Ski President’s Day Weekend!

It looks like your Snow Dancing has begun to pay off! We’ve had two small snowfalls this past week totaling 6-8” for the higher resorts, and now the predictions are for one to three feet of new snow between now and Saturday. Read more

Win a free weekend rental! One winner daily ’till Christmas.

So far we have had two good snow storms in North Tahoe, and two good storms in South Tahoe and further south. All resorts are open, with snow depths anywhere from 1’ to 3’, with approximately 25% of all runs open in most resorts, and an 80% chance of snow again tomorrow, so keep your fingers crossed!

Thanks to all our customers who came by for our first annual Season Grand Opening! It was a great success, attended by almost 100 people. The hors d’oeuvres and wine were great, everyone enjoyed seeing our new equipment, and we received 87 presents for Toys for Tots, so thank you, all of you who contributed. This will definitely make Christmas a little merrier for some needy children who otherwise might not get much.

Congratulations, also, to our raffle winners. Charles S., Campbell M., Alex V., Dalal H. and John L. each won a free weekend rental ski package. Congratulations to each of you!

Just to keep the excitement going, we have decided to continue to raffle one weekend ski package daily from now until Christmas. Just come into the shop, “like” us on Facebook, and we will enter your name in our drawing. If you win, you get one free weekend ski package anytime this ski season. It’s that simple!

It’s getting close to Christmas, so for all of you going to the mountains, drive carefully and ski safely. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for you and yours!

And Think Snow!