Lake Tahoe, CA & NV (Dec. 9, 2009) - Travelers looking for the best holiday winter skiing and snowboarding conditions should look no further than the slopes of the seven Ski Lake Tahoe resorts that received more than three feet of light, dry powder earlier this week from a cold Sierra winter storm. An approaching cycle of powerful winter storm systems continue the El Niño weather scenario that is bringing higher than average snowfall this season. Meteorologists are calling for additional accumulations of up to several feet this weekend with a continuing chance of snow in the forecast almost every day leading up to the Christmas holiday.
"The timing of these storms could not have been better for skiers and snowboarders looking to enjoy a week in Tahoe over the holidays," said John Wagnon, president of Ski Lake Tahoe. "Snow conditions for the upcoming holidays will be the best we've seen in recent years, and with the unprecedented values available on vacation packages in Lake Tahoe... it just simply doesn't get any better than this."
These storm systems have allowed the resorts to open additional lifts and terrain including top-to-bottom skiing around the lake. Destination travelers headed to the region for the holiday season will be greeted by Lake Tahoe's reliable early season snow conditions and the most affordable stay-and-ski packages in the entire country starting as low as $69 per night and learn-to-ski-and-ride packages for $25 per day.
Alpine Meadows plans to open additional terrain as soon as conditions permit including a new terrain park layout that encompasses the entire mountain. Alpine Meadows is partnering with the Resort at Squaw Creek to offer a new precedent for value, ski travel and four-diamond accommodations with ski-and-stay packages starting as low as $155 per night. The resort has also announced a three night/four day ski-and-stay package with the Hyatt Regency, Lake Tahoe beginning as low as $269 per night. For more details, please visit www.skialpine.com.
With the Nevada side already in full swing, Heavenly Mountain Resort aims to open the California side of the mountain this Friday with its early season supplemental snowmaking efforts and offseason trail enhancements now paying huge dividends. The Tram will be in operation as well as a number of the resorts high-speed detachables including the Sky Express chair to the summit. Take advantage of Heavenly's popular "BOGO" offer - buy one night of lodging and lift tickets, get the second night lodging and lift tickets free. Packages start as low as $55 per person, based on double occupancy. Visit www.skiheavenly.com for details.
Kirkwood Mountain Resort plans to open the entire front side of its mountain this weekend including eight lifts and the new Tahoe Learning Center at Timber Creek. Lodging packages are still available for the month of December with ski-in, ski-out accommodations. Log on to www.kirkwood.com to learn more.
Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe has been turning lifts since Halloween and the recent snowfall has allowed the resort to open its upper mountain via its Northwest Magnum Detachable Sixpack lift. The resort hopes to add its Blazing Zephyr Detachable Sixpack lift to the mix as soon as conditions permit. Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe has partnered with a number of Reno casino properties to offer stay-and-ski packages as low as $69 per night. Visit www.mtrose.com for details.
With off season improvements to its snowmaking capabilities and grooming fleet, Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort is currently open top-to-bottom and front-to-back, with 28 open trails including a number of terrain park features. Guests who book their getaway by December 15, 2009 stay for just $99.75 per person, per night (based on double occupancy). This offer includes two lift tickets per room, per night, some restrictions apply. For more information, visit www.northstarattahoe.com.
Skiers and snowboarders at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort are enjoying the light, dry snow that piled up under its Grandview Express chairlift as the resort continues to offer top-to-bottom turns including a handful of its heralded terrain park features. The resort has shifted its focus to opening access to the powder stashes in the West Bowl as early as this weekend. Early season lodging packages start at just $65 per person per night at the Tahoe Valley Lodge located just 14 miles from Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort with each room at this boutique property offering a gas fireplace and rustic mountain feel. Visit www.sierraattahoe.com for further details.
Squaw Valley USA plans to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of hosting the 1960 Winter Olympics with a season-long offering of events and festivities. The recent snowfall has allowed resort officials to open the upper mountain with access to the Mountain Run via the Funitel along with the Cable Car operating daily for sightseeing and tourist activities. Book early and save up to 25 percent on lodging packages at Squaw Valley USA. Log on to www.squaw.com for details.
For snow conditions, some of the best ski deals available, and to book travel, please visit www.skilaketahoe.com.
About Ski Lake Tahoe
Surrounding North America's largest alpine lake, the seven resorts that make up Ski Lake Tahoe are Alpine Meadows, Heavenly, Kirkwood, Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe, Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort and Squaw Valley USA. 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 seven resorts, all offering unparalleled scenic vistas of panoramic mountain and lake views, are located less than an hour from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. For further information and to directly book travel, lodging and transportation for Ski Lake Tahoe resorts and its travel partners, visit www.skilaketahoe.com.