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We are Having a “Miracle March”

Where did that phrase come from, “Miracle March”?

March, 1991 was the true “Miracle March”.  It was the March that coined the term “Miracle March” and the March that saved Tahoe from a disastrous ski season.  Could it happen again?  You bet.

In 1991, California was experiencing its worst drought since the Dust Bowl, Lake Tahoe itself was at its lowest levels in recorded history, and Tahoe was on track for its lowest snow year on record. In February 1991, Lake Tahoe ski shop retail sales had dropped 33%, lodging had fallen 40%, and unemployment was down 145%.  Marin County was requiring residents to use less than 50 gallons of water per person per day or face stiff penalties.  Things were looking ugly…  The drought was costing California about $1 billion in losses…

Then on March 1st, 1991, it started snowing and it didn’t stop until 50-inches of snow had fallen on Lake Tahoe.  Skiers, farmers, and citizens rejoiced.  But it was only the beginning.  During the month of March, 240-inches of snow (20-feet) fell on Sugar Bowl ski resort and some areas of California received 250% of average March precipitation.  Sugar Bowl averages 500-inches of snow annually.  “Miracle March” brought Sugar Bowl approximately half of its annual snowfall and saved the 1991 ski season.  Lake Tahoe’s snowpack went from 17% of average to 73% of average in just 29 days that March.

1991’s “Miracle March” provided nearly non-stop storms for its entirety.

~snowbrains

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While the events calendar remains populated, all of the local ski resorts have closed due to the coronavirus.

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6th annual Mothership Classic

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Full Moon Snowshoe Tour

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Gar Woods Easter Egg Hunt

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TOP 10 THINGS TO DO THAT DON’T INCLUDE SKIING

There are plenty of fun things to do while visiting Lake Tahoe in March

1.Take a hike on the East Shore Trail: The new East Shore Trail begins at Tunnel Creek Cafe in Incline and travels along the lakeshore three miles to Sand Harbor. The views of the lake are phenomenal, and the east shore location is snow free as of this writing. 

2. Bowl at Bowl Incline in Incline Village. Looking for some old fashioned fun in the evening? This might do the trick. 

3. Hit a museum: Gatekeepers in Tahoe City has a phenomenal collection of baskets,  Donner Memorial near Donner Lake tells the tale of the Donner Party.

4. Head for the beach: Tahoe City’s Commons Beach or Kings Beach’s big sandy playa are two good choices to say hello to Tahoe. 

5. Stroll around the grounds of Sugar Pine Point State Park. Meander through the ancient pine and cedars while marveling at the beauty of the Ehrman Mansion. Then stroll or snowshoe along the lakeshore. Keep your eyes peeled for eagles and osprey. 

6. Go Downtown: Take a sidewalk stroll through downtown Tahoe City or Truckee and support our local small businesses. 

7. Learn some Tahoe Science at the Tahoe Science Center on the grounds of Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village.  

8. Head to All Fired Up in The Cobblestone (just across the parking lot from Hauserman Rental Group) to paint pottery or canvas, make candles or have an adult party with a bottle of wine from Uncorked just a few steps away. 

9. Jump on trampolines, fly into foam pits, or do some tricks on bikes or skis at Woodward Tahoe on Donner Summit next to Boreal Ski Area.  

10. Take a paddle at Waterman’s Landing in Carnelian Bay. Wait for a warm, calm day but yes, it is possible to get out on Lake Tahoe in the winter. After or before the paddle pick up some food from the cafe or hang out on the beach.