Lake Tahoe, Ca/NV…With Lake Tahoe experiencing a winter of epic proportions – summit snow totals are approaching 630 inches since November (yearlong averages are typically 400-500 inches) – travel safety remains the most important aspect for a comfortable trip, along with recommendations for planning, common sense and dependable information sources.
With herculean efforts by Caltrans and Nevada Department of Transportation, access to Lake Tahoe currently remains clear and safe despite the record setting snowfall in early 2017.
Tahoe South Road Conditions
CA-50: Reduced to one lane in each direction for less than a mile from three miles East of Pollock Pines to one mile West of Riverton /at Bridal Veil Falls Rd/ (El Dorado Co) – due to a slipout – motorists are subject to delays.
CA-89: Closed from Emerald Bay State Park to Bliss State Park /Emerald Bay/ (El Dorado Co) – due to snow – motorists are advised to use an alternate route.
CA-88: No traffic restrictions are reported for this area.
SR 207: No traffic restrictions are reported for this area.
SR 431: No traffic restrictions are reported for this area.
North Lake Tahoe Road Conditions
I-80: No traffic restrictions are reported for this area.
CA-89: No traffic restrictions are reported for this area.
CA-267: No traffic restrictions are reported for this area.
CA-16 E: Closed at Rumsey Canyon / in Rumsey (Yolo County) due to a mudslide. Motorists are advised to use an alternate route.
CA-49: 1-way controlled traffic from 5 miles north to 5.2 miles north of Nevada City (Nevada County) due to a slide. 1-way controlled traffic from Yuba Pass Summit to Sattley (Sierra County) due to flood damage repairs
SR 431: No traffic restrictions are reported for this area.
Current Conditions / Forecast
Tahoe South does not expect precipitation through Saturday morning with a chance for rain Saturday evening and a chance of rain and snow Sunday night.
North Tahoe does not expect any precipitation until Saturday morning. Five to eight inches of snow is predicted on Saturday; one to three inches on Sunday.
When storm cycles are present, travelers are encouraged to gather as much information as possible before departing. Transportation and law enforcement authorities recommend waiting until a storm passes through before hitting the road. Motorists can check conditions with Caltrans www.dot.ca.gov and Nevada Department of Transportation http://nvroads.com. For real-time traffic information and to map your location, the QuickMap App from CalTrans is available for download. Keep in mind that GPS and maps applications on mobile devices may not be updated so monitor updates directly from the source.
Plan to take it slower, allow more time for travel and check conditions frequently as they may change. A list of supplies to pack is also suggested, including tire chains for any vehicle without 4-or all-wheel drive, flashlight, water, snacks, blankets, and reflective clothing in case of delays on the highway. A complete list is available at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/cttravel. Many road incidents can be avoided by reducing speed. While 4-wheel drive allows vehicles to more effectively negotiate snowy conditions, braking still takes longer. Take it slower and block more time to get to Lake Tahoe.
During snowfall, a fleet of and state local snow removal vehicles work around the Lake Tahoe Basin to keep roads clear and safe for travel.
Tahoe South Ski Resorts
North Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts
Diamond Peak: 775-832-1177
Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe: 775-849-0704
Northstar California: 530-562-2267
Squaw Valley I Alpine Meadows: 800-403-0206
Homewood Mountain Resort: 530-584-6800
Granlibakken Tahoe: 530-583-4242
Sugar Bowl Ski Resort: 530-426-9000
Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort: 530-426-3871
Boreal Mountain Resort: 530-426-3666
Tahoe Donner: 530-587-9400
Tahoe XC: 530-583-5475
Travel by Air and Shuttle
Flights into Reno Tahoe International Airport are available from Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose for as low as $39 each way. For travelers who forego auto travel, a variety of private and public shuttles depart from RTIA and are accessible to both North and South Tahoe.
South Tahoe Airporter provides nine daily round-trip shuttle departures from RTIA baggage claim to six properties near the Heavenly Village in South Shore. Learn more: http://southtahoeairporter.com/.
North Lake Tahoe Express offers eleven round-trip shuttle rides per day, departing from RTIA baggage claim. Drop-off locations include various neighborhoods and mountain properties. Learn more: http://northlaketahoeexpress.com/.
Lodging Deals — Extend Your Stay
Staying mid-week or even extending a weekend stay by 1-2 days allows for substantially less vehicles on the roads and some solid deals. Highlights include third night free, 35 percent off mid-week, $150 resort dining credit, kids ski free, for details:
Interested in working remotely? In addition to the many coffee shops and hotel properties offering free Wi-Fi for guests, collaborative work spaces are available for freelancers, telecommuters and those who still need to stay connected while in the mountains.
North Lake Tahoe: Tahoe Mill Collective, located at the base of Alpine Meadows Ski Area.
Tahoe South: Mountain Lab has two locations, Harrison Avenue and Lakeview Lodge.
“Work continues this week on US-50 east of Bridal Veil Falls. Traffic is still restricted to one lane in both directions, but is flowing freely. There is fresh snow on the mountain so please be cautious and drive safe,” reported the California Highway Patrol Placerville office on its Facebook page Monday during a live report from the construction site.
“The roads have been in great shape the past 24 hours as Caltrans District 3 continues to clean up from storms and Emerald Bay has re-opened,” reported the California Highway Patrol on its Facebook page on Tuesday. “Make sure to slow down and move over for emergency vehicles and highway workers.”