Lake Tahoe, CA/NV (March 6, 2014) - Lake Tahoe ski resorts welcomed another round of powerful Pacific storms last week that saw snowfall totals topping the four foot mark at upper summit elevations. This latest round of storms has brought the season-to-date snowfall totals to more than 16 feet resulting in a healthy, mid-winter snowpack and base depths of more than 80 inches. With forecasters now calling for a perfect blend of additional freshen-ups followed by classic Sierra sunshine, Ski Lake Tahoe resorts will be in prime condition for the upcoming school vacations and spring break season.
Long known for its legendary spring skiing scene, Lake Tahoe is unrivaled in terms of the variety of unique experiences available both on and off the slopes. Boasting more resorts in close proximity than any other winter destination in North America, Lake Tahoe's majestic natural beauty serves as the perfect backdrop for a memorable family ski vacation with picture-perfect views afforded from nearly every ski trail. Due to its close proximity to the Pacific Coast, the region also benefits from a seemingly paradoxical weather phenomenon - 450 inches of average annual snowfall along with 300 days of sunshine. Truly unique to Lake Tahoe, the laidback California-centric vibe is found on the slopes while the 24/7 nightlife options offered at lake-wide casinos might make guests think Vegas has been relocated to the High Sierra.
This spring season Lake Tahoe will be the "must-ski" winter destination for families and college students looking for an unforgettable way to spend their spring break. To kick things off, the region will be hosting numerous homecoming celebrations for Lake Tahoe athletes who represented their country in the recent Sochi Winter Olympics along with hosting spectator-friendly competitions such as the US Alpine Championships, Rahlves Banzai Tour, The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series and the Gunbarrel 25. The party atmosphere will be palpable on the slopes throughout the spring season with daily après ski parties, music festivals and concerts by big-name entertainers such as Taj Mahal and the Young Dubliners. Guests can also expect countless family-friendly events ranging from resort mascot parades to the ever-popular pond-skimming contests.
The following is a brief rundown of special events scheduled for the upcoming spring season at the nine Ski Lake Tahoe resorts. For a complete listing of events, please visit the Event Calendar or Tahoe Chatter pages on SkiLakeTahoe.com to get an insider's perspective of what's happening in Lake Tahoe.
Olympic Homecoming Celebrations
Lake Tahoe based athletes won a combined four medals during the recent Winter Olympics in Sochi, as many medals as Great Britain won and more than countries such as Australia and the Ukraine. This incredible showing included gold medal performances by Jamie Anderson (Women's Slopestyle), Maddie Bowman (Women's Halfpipe) and David Wise (Men's Halfpipe), as well as another medal (bronze) to add to Julia Mancuso's collection (Women's Super Combined).
To celebrate these truly phenomenal accomplishments, the region will be hosting two separate homecoming celebrations open to the public consisting of athlete parades, autograph signings, live music and raffles/giveaways. The South Shore Olympic Homecoming Celebration will take place on Saturday, March 15 beginning with a procession of the Olympians via fire truck through the town of Meyers en route to Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort where there will be a performance by the South Tahoe High School marching band. The North Lake Tahoe Olympic Homecoming Celebration is planned for Friday, March 21 as part of the US Alpine Championships at Squaw Valley and it will include a fireworks show as part of the opening ceremonies.
Slope-Side Music Festivals and Family-Focused Events
Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort will be introducing its new $5 million base facility as part of its Equinox Spring Festival slated to take place on March 15 along with a special Golden Celebration for its two Olympic gold medalists, Jamie Anderson and Maddie Bowman. The festivities will also include live music as part of the resort's Live at Grandview weekly spring concert series.
Heavenly Mountain Resort was recently named as the fourth and final stop on The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series presented by Nissan on March 13-15. The slopestyle event will take place in Ante Up Park and is open to all competitors. Skiers and snowboarders also can enjoy two full weeks of sun, snow and good times with friends during the Spring Loaded at Heavenly event March 28 through April 6. This annual South Lake Tahoe favorite features live music, loud outfits, daily Unbuckle at Tamarack après ski parties, the Red Bull Snow Warz and the Gunbarrel 25.
Alpine Meadows will once again be hosting its Spring Music Series every Saturday throughout the spring season on its outdoor sundeck combining funky beats and good times with local performers. Similarly, Northstar California will be boasting free live music on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month of March including appearances by regional performers.
Homewood Mountain Resort is throwing a St. Patrick's Day Bash a day early on March 16 complete with a DJ at the Big Blue View Bar, drink specials, an urban terrain park competition and the opportunity to win a free season pass for those who catch the skiing leprechaun and post a picture with him on social media.
Squaw Valley's legendary High Camp Pool and Mountaintop Hot Tub is scheduled to open on March 22 with fun-filled pool parties slated to take place each weekend throughout the spring skiing season, meaning guests can make laps on the mountain followed by laps in the pool.
Families should mark their calendars on April 5th for Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe's Pond Skim Beach Party at the Winters Creek Lodge, certain to be a fun-filled day complete with zany costumes, friendly competition and plenty of splashdowns.
The Rahlves' Banzai Tour will be making its two final stops at Lake Tahoe resorts during the month of March, showcasing Alpine Meadows on March 8 and 9 followed by the original Silver Belt Banzai and Tour Super Finals at Sugar Bowl Resort on March 15 and 16. Dating back to the 1940's when the country's best racers would descend upon Sugar Bowl to compete down the famed Silver Belt Gully, resort ambassador Daron Rahlves brought this head-to-head competition back to life in 2008 combining big mountain skiing and riding with a skier/boarder X approach.
Squaw Valley has been chosen to once again host the 2014 Nature Valley US Alpine Championships slated to take place March 19 through March 23 bringing Olympic caliber competition to the Lake Tahoe region. Cheer on local favorites and Olympic medalists Julia Mancuso and Travis Ganong as they compete against the best in the world.
Join local mogul champion Sho Kashima for the annual Gunbarrel 25 taking place March 29, a grueling competition challenging participants to complete 25 consecutive laps down the daunting, steep face of Heavenly Mountain Resort's trademark run. This is truly a South Lake Tahoe signature event perfect for families and spectators.
Mixing side-by-side racing with side-splitting humor, the Pain McShlonkey Classic scheduled for March 29 at Squaw Valley serves as a hilarious tribute to legendary skier Shane McConkey as snow bladers in Saucer Boy costumes vie to be crowned king of the mountain.
Kirkwood Mountain Resort will be hosting the 20th Annual Legendary Kirkwood Banked Slalom event on April 12 and 13 pitting longtime locals against industry pros in a no-holds-barred race to the bottom of Snowsnake Gully.
For complete details on booking a winter getaway to Lake Tahoe, please visit SkiLakeTahoe.com to conveniently access resort profiles, weather forecasts, real-time snow reports, webcams and discounts on both lift tickets and lodging.
About Ski Lake Tahoe
Surrounding North America's largest alpine lake, the collection of resorts that make up Ski Lake Tahoe are Alpine Meadows, Heavenly, Homewood, Kirkwood, Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe, Northstar California, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort, Squaw Valley and Sugar Bowl. Lake Tahoe boasts over 300 days of sunshine a year, and the region has some of the highest annual snowfall amounts in North America. The nine resorts, all offering unparalleled scenic vistas of panoramic mountain and lake views, are conveniently located near the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. For further information on how to book airfare, lodging, lift tickets and transportation for Ski Lake Tahoe resorts and their travel partners, visit www.SkiLakeTahoe.com