Feb
28th
SNOWPLAY MARCH MADNESS!!!

In the winter recreation industry, it is either feast or famine… and March is definitely going to start out as a feast of SNOWPLAY FUN!  We are sitting on fantastic conditions, and are 100% open and in full operation to start the month, 10 am to 5pm, six days a week (closed on Wednesdays); please see our attached calendar and pricing chart for details.

 In addition, the National Weather Service is predicting major storm activity over the next several days.  We are anticipating “one of the more substantial snow storms in recent years” (per the NWS) and several feet of fresh natural snow by the weekend, on top of the 3 feet of (mostly) man-made snow we have been cranking out the last two weeks.  Once the storms pass out of the region, we are confident that we will be sitting on the absolute best snow conditions we have seen this entire season.

Not only have we been giving you great tubing and sledding these past couple of weeks, but Dodge Ridge Ski Area (our neighbor just 20 minutes away) will be reopening this Friday for a Powder Weekend!  Meanwhile, all of our local hotels, cabins, restaurants, and shops are primed to kick off this month in a WINTER WONDERLAND!  There is no better time this season to plan your snowplay trip in Tuolumne County.

As a reminder, please pay close attention to your favorite weather app regarding the timing of these storms.  Likewise, please consult CalTrans regarding evolving road conditions and chain controls.

EVERYONE in our Sierra Community is thrilled with the change in the weather we are experiencing.  We are working hard to make something wonderful from this season that started so slow.  Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to take advantage of this wonderful March Snowplay; you won’t regret it.  We truly hope you can join us soon!

 
 
Feb
27th
ENDING THE MONTH WITH FANTASTIC CONDITIONS!

It has been a GREAT 2 weeks on the hill; just check out the conditions on the hill today (CLICK HERE). We were able to reopen mid-February due to VERY cold temperatures and the dedicated work of our snow-making crew, and we thank everyone who joined us during President’s Day Weekend and Ski Week. As we end the month, we are in even better shape, with three feet of snow under our feet, and possibly over 3 feet of NEW snow on the way by the end of the week; we will be updating you on those storms as the week progresses. Not only will we start the month with the best conditions of the season (by far), but our neighbor to the south, Dodge Ridge Ski Area, is REOPENING this Friday for Skiing and Snowboarding! For everyone whose winter plans were cut short this December and January, your NEED to seriously think about MARCH SNOWPLAY! Tuolumne County is back to being the Winter Wonderland that is sure to bring a smile to your face!

Feb
25th
OPEN & IN FULL SNOWPLAY OPERATION!!
With President’s Day Weekend and Ski Week in the books, we are thrilled to say that the conditions are still looking GREAT, maybe even better than last week! Sub-Freezing Temperatures have allowed us to keep our Snow-Making Crew working overtime, and Mother Nature continues to send us frequent snow storms. In short, we are ending the month with the best conditions we’ve seen this season, and we will be in FULL OPERATION to start March, open six days a week; please see our calendar and pricing chart for more information HERE.
 
We are expecting a small snow storm to pass through the area Sunday Evening and into Monday, and clearing (but cold) weather for most of the rest of the week. A second stronger storm should bring us even more fresh snow Thursday Night and into Friday. Please pay attention to these storms when planning your trip. Likewise, although there are NO chain controls in place at this time, that will change back-and-forth this week as the storms arrive and clear; please consult Cal Trans for the latest road condition information HERE.
 
For all other information regarding the daily operations at Leland Snowplay, please see our FAQ Page HERE, and please contact us via Facebook if there are any other questions we can answer for you. We will also update you here as conditions change.
 
Again, we are 100% open, with GREAT conditions, on our normal schedule and pricing. It’s been a rough season so far, but things are finally in full swing. Spring will be coming around soon enough, but for now, the snow is looking great and we are working hard to give you a perfect day in the snow. We hope you can join us this season!


Feb
22nd
ENDING FEBRUARY BLANKETED IN SNOW!

This week has been COLD, with day temperatures at or below freezing. Nighttime temperatures have been in the single digits and we have been able to add feet of GREAT snow to the upper mountain, lower mountain, and the lifts/tows. On top of that, its dumping fresh natural snow all day today. This is without a doubt the best we have seen it this season; two months late, but we will take it! Its going to be a great ending to the month for everyone looking for the first serious snow of the season.  (Click Here to see the Video)

We are ending Ski Week tomorrow with a bang and are looking forward to another snowy weekend. That also means there will be chain controls in place for part of this weekend, so check with CalTrans before planning your trip. Given the weather forecast, we are anticipating having the snow to remain in operation well into March, and maybe longer if these cold temperatures continue and you keep showing up. If snow on the road isn’t your thing, trust us, we will have snow to start March,with out doubt!

We know a lot of you had to cancel trips in December and January due to drought, but this is the time to make plans for a trip! We hope to see you soon!

Feb
19th
OPEN EVERY DAY FOR SKI WEEK 2018
We want to thank everyone who had joined us this Presidents Day Weekend, and to remind everyone that we will be open everyday this week (Ski Week) and we will remain in operation as long the cold snow-making weather holds out, and you keep visiting us. A few reminders for those of you planning a visit this week or this upcoming weekend:
 
WEATHER – Some weak but very cold storms are predicted to impact the region over the next week, and we expecting periodic snow flurries and VERY cold temperatures. This is the coldest it has been this season, and its great for snow making! But it will be cold on the hill. Bring warm clothing and consult your favorite weather app before starting your trip. For more information, please visit: http://snowplay.com/faqs/here-is-another-question/
 
ROADS – Currently there are chain controls in effect stating at Cold Springs, and this is very likely to change with the weather over this next week. Please, check with Cal Trans at http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi for the latest in chain controls before starting your trip. We DO NOT provide updates on the roads; check with Cal Trans. For more information please visit: http://snowplay.com/faqs/here-is-a-question/
 
SNOW CONDITIONS – Last nights storm gave us just a couple inches of fresh natural snow, and we are still relying primarily on our snow-making crew to keep us going. Hopefully we will see more natural snow over this next week, but right now the region is still very dry with just a dusting of snow in the trees. The snow we have been hard at work making this last week is great for tubing and sledding, and all our hills and lifts will be in great shape this week. But, we don’t have enough snow for all of the snowmen, snowball fight, general snowplay areas… yet… and man-made snow isn’t great for those things anyway. Please plan accordingly.
 
For all other questions to our most commonly asked questions, please see our FAQ Page on our Website at http://snowplay.com/faq/.
 
Again, we are open 7 days a week for Ski Week, and will be hard at work to remain open for many more weeks. Our mountain communities have taken quite the hit this winter due to the drought, but we are working hard, and hope you will lend a hand in supporting our business, as well as our local hotels, cabins, restaurants, and shops. Will are doing everything we can to give you a great day in the snow; we hope you can join us soon!
Feb
16th
OPEN FOR PRESIDENT’S DAY WEEKEND
Tomorrow starts a long Holiday Stetch of SNOWPLAY fun for us. We are kicking it off with a there day weekend, followed by Ski Week (February 20-23), and then another solid weekend on the slopes. Although we have had a disappointing winter this year, the dramatically colder temperatures this week (and next) has allowed us to fire up the snow making, and has set us up for a couple good weeks of snow play! For those of you who are joining us, a few reminders:
 
WEATHER – Currently we are experiencing cold, but sunny days, but that is likely to change to start next week, with even colder temperatures and some natural snow fall. Please plan accordingly, and consult your favorite weather app before starting your trip. It is going to be cold; but the lodge will be warm!
 
ROADS – Currently there are no chain controls in place for the region, but again, that is likely to change as we see some weak, but very cold, storms come through by the end of the weekend. We are not expecting a lot of snow fall, but enough for me to remind you to check with Cal Trans at http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi for the latest in chain controls before starting your trip. We DO NOT provide updates on the roads; check with Cal Trans, please.
 
SNOW CONDITIONS – There is very little snow anywhere outside of our Snow Park right now. We have snow because we are working HARD to produce snow. If you are planning a trip up here to play in the snow, but don’t plan to visit us, rethink you plans. The snow we have made this week is great for tubing and sledding, and all our hills and lifts will be open. But, we don’t have enough snow for all of the snowmen, snowball fight, general snowplay areas… yet… and man-made snow isn’t great for those things anyway. Please plan accordingly.
 
Again, we are thrilled to be open again. Our mountain communities have taken quite the hit this winter due to the drought, but we are working hard, and hope you will lend a hand in supporting our business, as well as our local hotels, cabins, restaurants, and shops. Will we do everything we can to give you a great day in the snow; all we need is your smiling faces to make the week complete! Hope to see you soon!!!
Feb
15th
REOPENING FOR SNOWPLAY TOMORROW!

REOPENING FOR SNOWPLAY TOMORROW!

Leland Snowplay will be reopening tomorrow, Friday, February 16, for what is sure to be a busy Holiday stretch! We have every intention of being open EVERY DAY (10am to 5pm) through the weekend, ski week, and (hopefully) far beyond.

Check out the video HERE; temperatures this week have dropped significantly, allowing our Snow-Making Staff to crank our tons of fresh snow. This will allow us to provide 100% coverage on all of our Larger Tubing Hills, the Kiddie Hills, and our Lifts/Tows. Using 95% man-made snow to start this holiday period, we are looking at great tubing and sledding conditions, and are looking at another boost from Mother Nature to start next week! However, because the Sierra’s have received very little natural snow so far this season, please bear the following in mind BEFORE planning your trip:

– There is very little snow anywhere outside of our Snow Park. If you are planning a trip to the snow, but not to see us, you will be hard pressed to find any snow at the moment. We have snow only because we worked hard to make this weekend happen.

– Man-made snow is great for tubing and sledding, but we don’t have the amounts of snow to provide the type of general snow play (snowmen, snowball fights, etc) we wish we could.

– Conditions are likely to change over the course of the holiday weekend. We are expecting temperatures to continue to drop and some additional snowfall from Mother Nature early next week. Although we are currently experiencing clear roads (no chains) and cold/sunny days, that is probably going to change. Please pay attention to your favorite weather app and consult the Cal Trans Roads Page for the most current information on road conditions.

Again, we are thrilled to be able to reopen for you. Our mountain communities have taken quite the hit this winter due to the drought, but we are working hard, and hope you will lend a hand in supporting our business, as well as our local hotels, cabins, restaurants, and shops. Every one of us stands ready (and well rested) to give you the best holiday we possible can. We hope you can join us to take advantage of every ounce of SNOWPLAY we can squeeze out of this winter weather!

 

Feb
13th
OPENING FOR PRESIDENT’S DAY WEEKEND!
Leland Snowplay is happy to announce that we will be OPEN starting this Friday, February 16, 2018!!! We intend to be open through the Holiday Weekend, all through Ski Week (February 20-23), and if the cold weather hold out, as long as we can!
 
Despite the drought conditions this winter, our awesome staff is hard at work taking advantage of the COLD weather this week, and we are cranking our tons of fresh snow. We are committed to having 100% snow coverage on all upper mountain and lower hills (kiddie slopes), and having all our lifts and tows up and running. We will achieve this using 95% man-made snow, which means the snow will be GREAT for tubing and sledding, but not so much for snowball fights and snowmen. Be aware of the conditions before planning your trip, and understand the enormous amount of work and money that we are putting out as we contend with this drought.
 
Of course, because Mother Nature hasn’t given us much natural snow this week, we will have pretty much the only snow in the region. We are doing our part to fight back against this drought, and we earnestly hope that you will make a trip this holiday weekend and help our community by filling our Snow Park, our local hotels and cabins, and our local restaurants! The Sierra economy has taken a hit this this winter, and all the local businesses stand eager to see you pay a visit to our mountain.
 
As long as the cold weather persists, we will continue to crank out snow and hold out as long as we can (fingers crossed we will see more snow through February and into March), but there is never a guarantee, so we urge you all to come and get it while you can. One thing is for sure, we are 100% ready in our community to make the best of this slow season and give every one of you the best SNOWPLAY experience we can. WE HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON!!!
Feb
12th
PRESIDENT’S DAY SNOW REPORT
Efforts Underway to Reopen for the Weekend!
 
Due to statewide drought and heat-wave conditions, we were forced to temporarily close almost a week ago. Conditions have changed slightly over the last few days, and as we near the President’s Day Weekend, we are making every effort to REOEPN for the holiday. Please pay close attention to this and upcoming updates:
 
Temperatures have dropped enough over the last couple of days for us to start making snow again! Given the forecast, we are optimistic we can continue to make significant amounts of snow over the never several days, and are VERY hopeful (just shy of being certain) we can reopen before this holiday weekend. However, contrary to how you may interpret the evening news, we are NOT receiving any meaningful amounts of natural snow in the Sierra’s (we need feet of snow, not inches). As a result, if we are able to reopen for this weekend, it will be on 95% man-made snow and the sleepless efforts of our dwindling staff to make that happen; i.e we will have the only snow around, and we will have to be judicious in how we use that snow to ensure the best weekend we can. The results will likely be 99% coverage and good snow-tubing / sledding conditions on the main hill, kiddie hill, and lifts/tows. The conditions everywhere else will remain largely bare; i.e. great conditions for snow-tubing, but not so great if you are looking for the type of general snowplay (snowball fights, snow angles, snowmen, etc) Mother Nature has given you in years past. This is simply reality as we put forth every effort to combat Mother Nature this season.
 
We want to get this update as soon as possible for people who are hoping for snowplay this holiday weekend. Again, although the drought continues, we are taking advantage of temperatures conducive to making snow this week, and are VERY optimistic that we will be able to reopen for this holiday weekend! Further announcements will be forthcoming throughout the week.

Feb
5th
CLOSING DUE TO DROUGHT
Leland Snowplay is devastated to announce that due to the persistent drought and heat-wave impacting the state we will be forced to CLOSE following operations on Tuesday, February 6, 2018.
 
Record temperatures to start the month have not allowed us to make snow, and have rapidly deteriorated the snow we worked so hard to make and hold on to in late-January. Given weather forecasts, we do not think we can maintain current safe conditions for weekend, and after much deliberation, have decided to remain in operation tomorrow to accommodate some planned groups, and then close until conditions improve. If temperatures drop and we receive more snow later in the month, we will make every effort to reopen and squeeze a few more weeks of snowplay out of this season.
 
To be perfectly clear to all our guests who are genuinely unaware of the dire nature the state finds itself in: this has been a CATASTROPHIC winter so far (perhaps the worst during of the current 2010’s drought), with serious ramifications beyond a lack of snowmen and snow angels. Local recreation facilities (like ourselves and neighboring ski resorts), as well as the hundreds of hotels, restaurants, cabins, and shops that rely on us, have lost TENS-OF-MILLIONS of dollars over the last few months (although the bills still found us). This lack of revenue, combined with the cost of the snowmaking and new lift system we installed to improve your snowplay experience, skyrocketing taxation, bureaucratic fees, and massive payroll costs in California, is devastating to the Sierra’s Economy. Thousands of employees are without work and are being LAID OFF in our mountain communities. Tax revenue (which pays for maintaining the roads you use to travel to us, summer wildfire suppression, etc) has likewise taken a severe hit. Beyond the devastating economic impacts, understand that when you turn on your faucet at home, your water probably originated from our backyard (snow), and we have very little to send down to your bathtub. If you think the WILDFIRES over the last decade have been bad, no snow means more summer dry conditions, increased bark beetle / tree mortality, and more significant home-destroying fires in our fuel-overloaded forests. We understand that many of you had to cancel your vacation to see us this season, but the ramifications of “poor weather” is so much bigger than a lost deposit on a cabin reservation. If we could do anything to prevent or reverse all of this, God knows we would!
 
Sorry for being the bearer of such bad news and a dose of reality. We want to thank everyone who was able to join us this season, and praise the efforts of our diligent staff for everything they have done to make the best of circumstances beyond our control. We will continue to monitor the weather and do our best to reopen if the conditions change and gives us even a couple more weeks of quality snowplay. Please continue to follow us on facebook and our website for any updates, and please think snowy thoughts!