Before and After Photos Show Caldor Fire Devastation at Sierra-at-Tahoe

There’s been a lot of speculation about the damage done to Sierra-at-Tahoe after the Caldor Fire swept through the ski resort. Management has already indicated that the mountain will not open in 2021 (hopeful for 2022), but new drone photography shows what the slopes look like after the fire and it’s not good.

For reference of the drone photo, here’s what the resort looks like on a regular winter day before the fire:

Now, look at the difference after the fire with this drone image from Instagram user skibum96:

Ugh! This isn’t good. Again, we knew there was significant damage on the runs of Sierra-at-Tahoe, but this photo looks like the area was completely torched. Although we’ll remain optimistic, it’s going to be very difficult for the resort to open this winter season.

On the night of August 29, the Caldor Fire increased intensity and began to move through the Sierra at an incredible rate. the result was a massive burn scar west of Lake Tahoe, including the loss of thousands of homes and structures. The beloved ski resort near South Lake Tahoe wasn’t immune to the flames.

The past two months of inspections at Sierra-at-Tahoe revealed varying damage to Nob Hill and Short Stuff chairlifts. On top of that, there’s a lot of damage done to the trees inside the resort’s boundaries. With damaged trees and infrastructure, the safety of customers and employees remains the top priority for the ski park. Even if they are able to open for the 2021-22 season, it may be in a limited capacity.

“Detailed inspections of the entire resort have revealed that we will not be able to offer you the same ski experience you have come to expect from Sierra,” said Sierra-at-Tahoe in a statement. “We’re not giving up, nor are we backing down from the challenge.”

The ski resort sits within the Eldorado National Forest, which was mostly closed to visitors until further notice. That doesn’t mean that Sierra-at-Tahoe would stay closed for the season, as it’s likely they would receive and exemption if the slopes were deemed safe for skiers. But there are still many hurdles to overcome before the ski park will be back to full operations.

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