Tahoe’s winter is off to a plentiful start, with massive storms and feet upon feet of snowfall pounding the mountains on repeat. If you’re a skier or snowboarder, those snowy weather forecasts mean it’s time to ditch work, load up the car, and hit the road — assuming the roads are open.
But before you go, take a moment to strategize. Heavy snowfall means certain ski lifts will open, but others will close. Traffic will almost certainly be a mess. Resorts may fill up. And you might have to wait out the storm in the Lake Tahoe area longer than you anticipated before the roads clear.
Since you don’t want to spend your whole weekend sitting on a jammed Interstate 80 or battling lift lines on a powder morning, here’s what you need to know to make the most of fresh snow conditions and ease your travel experience.