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Top 10 ways to celebrate the holidays at Lake Tahoe

Dec 21st 2012

Mother Nature has been pretty generous, gracing the Lake Tahoe ski resorts with 150 inches of snow thus far this season. As of this writing we’re awaiting another storm system that’s forecast to dump up to six feet of snow at the higher elevations in time for Christmas!

Suffice to say, we've got ample reason to celebrate.  The 7 Ski Lake Tahoe resorts are letting out all the stops this holiday season, with plenty of events to complement the snow and terrain now available.  Check out our top 10 list for our favorite ways to celebrate Lake Tahoe!

10. For those that can't wait until New Year's Eve to party, there are End of the World parties commemorating the end of the Mayan calendar taking place at both Squaw Valley and MontBleu Resort Casino tonight, Friday, December 21st. What better way to go out than a day spent sinking powder turns on the slopes followed by a night of debauchery on the dancefloor?

9. Celebrate the Mayans Mistake: Since we’re still here today, this means that Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort’s celebration tomorrow is one of the best values around. Check out the “Mayans Missed It" $22 lift ticket (available online through Liftopia - limited quantities available), along with live music by the Bear Bones horn quintet and unveiling the winner of the Last Tap Brew Off.

8. Get Outside Festival: Head to Squaw Valley tomorrow, December 22, for the Get Outside Festival with a free live performance by acclaimed musical artists the Gin Blossoms.

7. Northstar California’s 40th Anniversary Celebration: Can you believe Northstar is 40? Neither can we. Help celebrate by attending the December 22 event hosted by resort athlete and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Shaun White with live music by Forget the Roses.

6. Daily Apres at Heavenly: Holiday revelers can try out their dance moves during the daily "Unbuckle at Tamarack" après-ski parties held mid-mountain at the top of Heavenly Mountain Resort's gondola complete with drink specials, DJs, go-go dancers and appearances by the Heavenly Angels.

5. Ski with Jonny Moseley: Make turns with Olympic Gold Medalist and Chief Mountain Host Jonny Moseley during his two-hour complimentary mountain tours scheduled for the entire week leading up to New Year's Eve!

4. SnowGlobe: The second annual SnowGlobe Festival will be taking place in South Lake Tahoe over the three days leading up to New Year's Eve with an impressive slate of big-name acts slated to perform on three separate stages including headliners Wiz Khalifa, Deadmau5 and Chromeo.

3. The biggest slopeside block party on the planet: The entire Stateline casino corridor will be transformed into a massive block party on the night of New Year's Eve with tens of thousands of party-goers spilling out into the barricaded streets leading up to the stroke of midnight. Harrah's and Harvey's casinos will serve as a perfect base camp to take in this spectacle in between live music at the Cabo Wabo Cantina and a boundary-pushing party at Vex Nightclub.

2. Celebrate New Year’s Eve North Shore style with the Jackie Greene Band at the Crystal Bay Casino in Crystal Bay. Squaw Valley's Olympic House will also be throwing a raucous New Year's Eve bash for the over 21 crowd with world-renown DJs helping welcome in 2013.

1. New Year’s Eve at the ski resorts: What better way to celebrate the New Year that at a ski resort? Many resorts are offering unique and often family-friendly ways to ring in 2013. At Squaw Valley, ride the Aerial Tram to High Camp for an elegant dinner and an East Coast Toast at 9:00 pm PST complete with a dazzling fireworks display. Heavenly’s New Year's Eve Celebration will be jam-packed with family-friendly entertainment including the Fire Groove fire dancers, an ice sculpting performance by Fear No Ice, live music by the LA Allstars, a fireworks show and the world's only "Gondola Ball Drop" taking place at 9:00pm PST in tandem with midnight on the East Coast so that the little ones can rest up for another big day on the slopes. Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe will be holding a New Year's Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Show on New Year’s Eve with a DJ performing on the deck of the Winters Creek Lodge along with an on-the-snow procession of the resort's snowcats.

Kirkwood will also be celebrating its 40th Anniversary, but it will be feted as part of its annual New Year's Eve festivities including a torchlight parade, fireworks display, fire dancers, aerial performers and numerous DJs ensuring a high-energy atmosphere on the resort's main plaza. For those looking for a truly memorable experience, a select number of seats are available aboard the resort's enclosed Expedition: Kirkwood Snowcat to ride to the top of Red Cliffs Peak to watch the fireworks and celebrate with a champagne or sparkling cider toast.

Northstar California will host its annual Fire and Ice New Year's Celebration complete with ice skating performances, spectacular fireworks show, DJs and live music by Bon Jovi Tribute band Livin' on a Prayer. Kids can also stop by the Villager Candle Shop to create their own candle, pottery, mosaic or stuffed bear along with festive New Year's Eve masks.

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