The Winners and Losers of This Year's First Massive Snowstorm

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Wash: Lake Tahoe
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Nate Vetter / Courtesy of Steve Hemphill12/12

Wash: Lake Tahoe

Everyone lost their minds this week when the six resorts around Lake Tahoe started measuring their accumulations in feet, not inches. But according to ski photographer and videographer Elliot Wilkenson-Ray, Tahoe is a mixed bag. “It’s coming down real sloppy — almost mixed rain right now, so I don’t think it’s a killer ski situation any more than a public safety nightmare,” he says. “But maybe it will snap cold this week and be awesome. Either way, Tahoe has a really solid base.” The storms have come in wet, but that doesn’t negate the sheer mass of snow that the Tahoe and Truckee area is getting. “For the past 24 hours I’ve barely been able to see 30 feet out of my window — it’s nuking,” says Steve Hemphill, Tahoe local and director of marketing at Sierra Tahoe. “That first storm brought two feet of superlight snow that is uncharacteristic for Tahoe — so now this heavier, wetter snow is creating an interesting snowpack. It’s not as powdery, but it’s much needed and welcomed in the Sierras.”

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