'You can't see anything': Blizzard closes most Tahoe ski resorts and Yosemite National Park as winds hit 143 mph

March 02, 2024

When they finally arrived, the snowboarding friends were rewarded with a crowd-free experience at Northstar ski resort, where the heavy snowfall that plagued them on their trip up meant epic powder conditions. Of the 15 largest ski resorts in the Lake Tahoe area, 11 were closed on Friday, citing heavy winds, low visibility and dangerous conditions. “Will try again tomorrow.”Other closed resorts included Palisades, Alpine, Kirkwood, Homewood, Boreal, Sugar Bowl, Mt. Ski resorts rarely close because of winter storms. One gauge at the highest elevations of Alpine Meadows ski resort recorded a gust of 143 mph Thursday night.