Ski season begins


The Catalyst / Francesca Arbelaez

A picture of the Sugar Bowl ski resort map

The NDB community is starting to get excited about the ski season, especially with the holidays coming up. Many students took the Thanksgiving break to start their season early. 

Mallory Moore, a sophomore, spent her Thanksgiving break in Tahoe. Although there was not much snow there, she looks forward to skiing later in the season. 

“I ski at what is now called Palisades Tahoe and I’ve skied there for many years. I love it because of how many different runs there are and places to explore,” said Moore, “I like that it’s more difficult than other resorts like Northstar, which tends to be a little flatter. I have also made many friends who I can go skiing and spend time with.”

Squaw Valley Ski Resort’s Name Is Changed to ‘Palisades Tahoe’ After little over a year of consideration, Squaw Valley, the iconic Lake Tahoe-area ski resort and host of the 1960 Winter Olympics, announced on Tuesday that it is changing its name to Palisades Tahoe.

With all the rain Northern California has been having lately, the mountains are starting to get some snow. The ski season typically runs from late November to early April, but larger resorts in California have been known to run lifts as late as July 4. Lake Tahoe’s ski resorts typically open after Thanksgiving, so for those who are eager to start skiing, it is recommended to book tickets now. February, on the other hand, provides the best skiing conditions and is typically the snowiest month in Lake Tahoe. Christmas and through the New Year, around Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidents Day are considered the peak season. 

It’s always so packed when I go, but I’d rather wait in line than not go at all

— Olivia Semien

“I usually ski in Tahoe during winter break, which is December and January. I also ski in February, which is like Martin Luther King weekend,” said senior Olivia Semien, “It’s always so packed when I go, but I’d rather wait in line than not go at all.”

Mountain bookings, farewell! With full capacity and no pesky online reservations, the lifts and gondolas will be back to business as usual. Indoor settings, such as restaurants, bathrooms, buses, and rental locations, will require face covers, but don’t let it be discouraging.