Tahoe’s holiday ski season could really use some snow. Unfortunately, there’s none in the foreseeable forecast. (Photo: Tom Stienstra, Courtesy Heavenly, Special To The Chronicle)
…On Sunday morning at Tahoe, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. The long-range outlook, though not always reliable, showed no storms into early January. There’s hardly a soul there who isn’t concerned about the lack of snow in the forecast across the Sierra, Cascade and Shasta-Siskiyou ranges. The Christmas and New Year’s holidays, popular times for skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports, are a couple of weeks away. At Tahoe last winter, some resorts reported more than 800 inches of snowfall. Mammoth Mountain had a verified snowpack of 30 feet on the crest. This winter started big, too.