In Reno-Tahoe, the recent series of major storms may have shut roads and set people up for one of the biggest home ownership headaches, but there is an upside – all that white gold means we’re in for an epic Tahoe ski season. One look at any of the resort webcams makes that clear, and so do the stats – the snowpack in the Sierra is at 215% for this time of year. Snowpack peaks are typically around April 1, and we’re already at 76% of that peak. For everyone looking to ski, snowshoe, cross country or just come to visit me in Reno or at my office in Incline Village, here’s a handy all-in-one link to road conditions, weather forecasts, and resort ski cams both in California and Nevada.
My Personal Road and Weather Go-To Favorites
- Magnifeye.com is probably the best all-in-one website resource out there. It has webcams for visuals of road conditions on both sides of the California and Nevada state lines. You’ll also find detailed weather information, including current radar readings, any chain requirements, and anything else you need to know before loading up and heading out. The drawback is there are a ton of ads and it can be tricky to find exactly what you’re looking for until you’ve explored it a bit.
- Caltrans (California Department of Transportation) has a great webcam system if you’re looking to get straight to the cameras without the junk ads in an easy-to-find mapping system. Note that cameras stop at the Nevada state line and details are a little on the thin side.
- NVRoads.com has a similar webcam system to Caltrans. It’s a little more detailed, which I find handy, but it’s still easy to use.
Of course, winter driving is no joke, so be smart. Pack an emergency kit in the unlucky event you become stranded, keep your phone charged before hitting the road, and slow down. The snow will be there when you get there!
Bookmark your favorite Ski Resort Webcams Here
OpenSnow.com is probably the go-to website and app for the die-hard skiers but if you go straight to their website it’s looking for paid subscribers, understandably, and some of their long-term forecasts are locked. You can start a free trial easily to see if it’s worth your investment and the link I included here takes you past the initial first page straight to the forecast, some of which will be locked until you subscribe.
But if you already know where you’re headed here’s an easy list of the mountain cams at your disposal!
- Palisades Tahoe/Alpine Meadows
- Sugar Bowl Resort
- Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe
- Tahoe Donner
- Diamond Peak
- Homewood Mountain Resort
- Donner Ski Ranch
- Boreal Mountain Resort
- Kirkwood Ski Resort