Mar
16th
LAST WEEKEND OF WINTER!

Don’t worry… we are not closing any time soon; with as much snow as we have on the hill, we are planning to be open well into April. However, this is officially the last weekend of Winter; Spring starts on March 20, although the weather for Northern California this last week has definitely been spring-like. The National Weather Service is predicting a return to some minor wet weather this next week, but one thing is clear: This season won’t last forever. So, before you think too much about Little League, Boating on the Lake, and Camping, remember to take advantage of this epic snow year one last time. Currently, the roads are clear and the snow is piled high. We are not quite sure what this light weather will bring our way this weekend, so pay close attention to the weather reports before planning your trip. As always, stay tuned in here for the latest updates and any important announcements. The end of the season is in sight, but with these conditions, we know we can cram in a TON of SNOWPLAY before we sign off for the season!

 

 

Mar
9th
PERFECT SNOWPLAY CONDITIONS!
When we saw “perfect conditions”, we are dead serious. The latest survey of our hill shows we are sitting on about ten feet of powder (attached pictures were taken today). Mother Nature has turned off the wet weather this week, and we are looking at the longest stretch of clear, sunny weather we have seen so far this year. The roads are clear, with no chain controls in place, and that is not expect to change this weekend. This is GREAT weather for everyone who was unable to make the trip earlier in the season due to the weather and road conditions.
 
As we head further into the month of March, we have no more major holidays or special events, and no more of those traditionally packed weekends. We are seeing longer days; the sun is getting higher everyday and the temperatures are t-shirt worthy for a large chuck of the day. But, that also means the season won’t last forever. Given the amount of snow under our feet, we are optimistically looking forward to at least another 5 or 6 weeks of SNOWPLAY, but time flies when you are having fun. Spring and Summer are right around the corner, so don’t you dare miss out on this monstrous snow season!
 
The roads are clear, the sun is shining, and the lifts are humming! This will be a great weekend on the hill. So, don’t delay; it’s time for some spring-like SNOWPLAY! Make your plans now and take advantage of the best conditions we have seen in years!
Mar
2nd
PHENOMENAL SNOWPLAY TO START MARCH 2017

It’s been a stellar snow year in California, with the Department of Water Resources officially announcing yesterday that our states snow-pack sits at a whooping 185% of normal! Leland Snowplay is literally sitting in a blanket of TON and TONS of snow. Our snow-making staff has been hard at work augmenting Mother Nature, working to ensure we have a long and fun-filled season.

This week has been clear and sunny during the day, and cold at night; perfect of all night snow-making. This weekend is predicted to start our GREAT for all our guests; the clear and sunny weather and sunny weather on Friday and Saturday morning is slated to give way to snow late Saturday Afternoon through Sunday. Again, Saturday is expected to remain largely snow-free, with great conditions on the hills (this video uploaded to our Facebook Page was taken today) and on the roads (currently there are NO chain restriction in place). We are expecting minor snow accumulations down to the 3,000 foot level by the end of Sunday, so Saturday just may be your perfect opening!

Following this weekend, the long-term forecast is currently showing fairly clear weather for the bulk of March, with a few smaller storms predicted. With the first day of Spring a few weeks away, it’s important to remember that while conditions are AWESOME right now for winter fun, the season won’t last forever. Traditionally, we try to stay open through early-to-mid April. That leaves us with ~6 more weeks of fun. If you have yet to visit us this season, there is no time like the present. Make your plans now!

 

Feb
23rd
END OF FEBRUARY SNOWPLAY
Ski Week is drawing to a close, but there is still plenty of SNOWPLAY as the weekend approaches. The weather this week has been a mix of light-to-moderate snow and periods of clearing skies. We anticipate similar weather this weekend. Although we are expect snow, the National Weather Service is predicting very little accumulation. Snow levels are predicted to drop as low as 2000′ at some points, and current chain controls are in place at about 5000′. The hill is looking great; the photo attached to this posting was taken yesterday! If you are looking for some fun in the snow, this season is working out great for you. But, it won’t last forever; if you haven’t been up to see us, now is the time to plan a trip; Spring is only a few weeks away. As always, please pay attention to weather reports and the CalTrans Website for the latest on road conditions. Please, join us as we say goodbye to February and look forward to the start of another wintry month of SNOWPLAY FUN!
Feb
20th
SKI WEEK 2017
With President’s Day Weekend in the books, we look forward to a wonderful Ski Week, that time of the season when some of you may have the time off to visit the snow. We will be open the entire week for this special week (the 21st to 24th) with midweek pricing! The weather this weekend was a wintry mix, with snow elevations mostly hanging around the 5500 to 6000 foot mark. As more storms pass through the region this week, we expect a lot of the same, with light-to-moderate snow in the forecast for us, and the possibility for some snow as low as 4000-5000 feet. Although the roadways will remain largely clear of snow (there are no chain restrictions in place at the moment), please stay tuned in to the Cal Trans Website for the latest road conditions, as rain and some flooding may be present along your travel route in the foothills and valley. For those of you eager to spend this week in the snow, the hill is ready and waiting, and we most definitely have the snow. The season won’t last forever, so plan your trip sooner, rather than latter. Until we see you up here, have a fun and safe weekend!
Feb
16th
A WINTRY PRESIDENT’S DAY WEEKEND
Another round of wet weather is on its way for this three day weekend, and we are VERY optimistic about this mornings forecast from the National Weather Service. The prediction is for snow levels to hang around the 5,500′ level to start the weekend, and drop a bit by Monday. If that holds true, that is GREAT news for you; it means snow falling on the slopes, but snow-free roads just ~6 miles down the road. Currently we are sitting on PLENTY of snow, and we hope to add more this weekend.
 
In addition, next week is SKI WEEK for many of you, and we will be open all 7 days next week. Weekend/Holiday pricing will be in effect for this Holiday Weekend, with reduced midweek pricing in effect for your Ski Week (Tuesday through Friday). As always, please pay close attention to the weather and road reports before starting your trip; there are currently no chain restrictions in place, although that may change, and there is always the possibility for fluctuations in the snow levels once these storms come our way.
 

This is slated to be a busy ~10 day stretch for us, as many of you take advantage of the holidays and a phenomenal snow season. We look forward to a wonderful weekend, and hope you can join us!

Feb
9th
FEBRUARY 11-12 SNOWPLAY FORECAST
As far as weather goes, this has turned into one of the most bizarre winters for the Sierra’s. As you may have noticed in the local weather reports, snow levels were very high for most of the week, giving us the same rain and thunder storms the rest of Northern California has been experiencing. However, the GREAT news is that the 12+ feet of snow we received in January can’t be knocked out that easily; we will be open this weekend with plenty of snow on the hills! The forecast calls for dropping temperatures on Friday and a solid dusting of snow atop the tons of snow already coating the park, with clearing skies anticipated for Saturday, There are currently no chain restrictions in place, and the roads look to remain fairly good for the weekend. As has been the case for the last few weeks, the break in the weather is lining up perfectly for your weekend, so if you want to avoid the heavy crowds we might see on President’s Day Weekend, this might be the window you are looking for. We hope to see you soon, and we wish everyone a safe and dry weekend!
Feb
2nd
SIX MORE WEEKS OF WINTER!
The groundhog has spoken, and it’s not over yet. We have massive amounts of snow on the hill, and it sounds like we can expect more over the next couple of months. This weekend is shaping up to be slower for us, and this may be a great opportunity for you to join us, as many people who are focused on the Superbowl will be staying home this weekend. Conditions are great, however, and it would be a shame for you to allow them to go to waste. Weather forecasts are predicting precipitation for most of the next 5 days or so, but not nearly the amounts of snow we saw last month, with snow levels fluctuating as the next several storms pass through the region. Chain controls were in effect this morning, but were lifted by early afternoon; chain controls may be put back in place at various points this weekend. Please pay attention to the weather and consult the CalTrans Website for the latest information on chain controls before starting your trip. We hope you can join us this weekend and enjoy the traditionally slower atmosphere on the hill. If you are still waiting for the “right time” to get up here, you have plenty of time before the snow melts; so says the groundhog! Have a great weekend!
Jan
26th
OPEN WITH TONS OF FRESH SNOW
To say we have a lot of snow is a HUGE understatement. The storms over the last two weeks have literally left us with more snow than we know what to do with. We were forced to close to start this week simply so we could throw all our resources cleaning up the effects of these BLIZZARDS. We are OPEN again for business, with a spectacular snow-base we haven’t seen in at least six years, and don’t worry, this snow isn’t going anywhere for a while.
 
With the weather projected to be clear for about a week, we expect many of you will want to take advantage of these conditions this weekend, and we are looking forward to a busy few days as we continue snow removal operations and prepare to greet every one of you. As a reminder, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE pay close attention to your favorite weather app and check the Cal Trans Website before starting your trip. Although the weather is looking great, conditions can change, and the region is still feeling the aftereffects of these storms. Chain controls are currently in effect and will likely continue for several more days; chains OR 4WD with snow tires (and chains in the vehicle) are required. Cal Trans, CHP, PG&E, the County, and numerous other agencies are out, working overtime to ensure public safety and address damage; please drive sanely.
 
We hope to see you up here as we celebrate the return of winter. Please, have a safe weekend!
Jan
23rd
CLOSED!!!

We are closed for the day and intend to remain closed until Thursday. The massive amounts of snow has resulted in impassible roads, no power to the business, and many employees unable to make it to work. With conditions set to continue for the next few days, we need to focus on getting the park 100% up and running for the weekend. Trust us, its a blizzard out there and you want to plan a trip for later in the week, month, or season. We will update as time permits but we are closed Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday!