At Sierra-at-Tahoe guest and employee safety is our primary concern. All decisions are made in regards to safety and best practices. Lifts and terrain will not open if mountain operations or ski patrol believes it is unsafe.
We have a team of trained, experienced professionals who work together to make decisions in regards to mountain operations and hill safety.
After major storms or weather events Sierra can be impacted by three major factors. Avalanche danger, high winds, and mechanical issues can all shut down runs, lifts, or even the mountain.
Skiing and snowboarding is an inherently dangerous sport. One of those dangers is deep snow and avalanches. After extreme snowfall mitigating avalanche danger is one of patrols top priorities. Terrain and lifts will open when they’ve had an opportunity to run their avalanche routes and perform snow safety. We strongly encourage that all guests educate themselves on deep snow safety and always ski/ride with a buddy.
Sierra-at-Tahoe will close lifts in high wind events or when winds may affect lift operations. Wind hold is not limited to gusts, high winds, or chair swing. Snow loaded trees and tree movement can also lead us to suspend lift operations.
Similar to a vehicle or airplane, Sierra-at-Tahoe operates equipment that has many moving parts and pieces. These machines and even lifts can be affected by loss of power, mechanical failure, or extreme icing. Once we’ve had an opportunity to address the mechanical issues and perform pre-operational tests, we will then resume operations.
Thanks for your patience and understanding.
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