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Tahoe Named No. 1 Winter Destination by Orbitz

Winter Storms and Snowmaking Underway, Unbeatable Deals to Start the Season

Lake Tahoe, CA & NV (Nov. 4, 2010) - Lake Tahoe remains America's favorite winter destination as evidenced by the region once again being named No. 1 in terms of early season travel bookings by Orbitz, one of the largest online travel agencies in the world. The compelling combination of reliable early season conditions, the most affordable stay-and-ski packages in the country, discounted airfare available into Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RTIA) and the quality of the winter vacation experience assuredly helped secure this top ranking. This marks the third consecutive year that Lake Tahoe has earned this distinction and the region continues to enhance the guest experience with added value and totally unique winter offerings.
 
RTIA was also recently acknowledged as the number one airport in the nation in regards to adding new flights including additional service from Houston, Denver, Phoenix and the East Coast. The recently remodeled airport now offers 72 daily departures to 15 non-stop cities and one-stop service to almost anywhere in the world.
 
The Lake Tahoe region experienced one of the stormiest Octobers on record including three winter systems that resulted in snowfall covering the higher peaks. The resorts are now supplementing the recent snowfall with state-of-the-art snowmaking systems to provide top-to-bottom skiing and snowboarding in time for the holidays.
 
Last season the region reported the second busiest season on record thanks to impressive snowfall totals nearing the 600 inch mark. This trend looks to continue for the 2010-11 winter season with long range forecasters calling for above normal snowfall totals resulting in another sizeable snowpack for the northern portion of the Sierra Nevada.
 
The following is a quick rundown of opening dates scheduled at the seven Ski Lake Tahoe resorts along with unbeatable early season packages and deals. For further details, log on to the recently redesigned www.skilaketahoe.com website that serves as an interactive portal for destination travelers who are planning a winter vacation to Lake Tahoe.
 
Heavenly Mountain Resort has fired up the West Coast's largest snowmaking system and plans to open its slopes November 19th for the 2010-11 winter season. Guests can get "Heavenly for Half Off" on stays of four days between November 21st through December 16th meaning skiers and snowboarders can stay and ski for as low as $52 per night, per person (based on double occupancy). Or get two lift tickets for the price of one and three nights lodging for the price of two from November 18th until December 20th. Visit www.skiheavenly.com for complete details.
 
Thanks to the highest base elevation in the region, Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe has been hit with a handful of early season storms and continues to bolster its base with supplemental snowmaking. The resort tentatively plans to open November 19th with online discounts available on lift tickets, first-timer lessons and the Rosebuds kid's camps. Located only 25 minutes from Reno, the resort has partnered with a number of casino resort properties to offer stay-and-ski packages starting as low as $79 per person. Visit www.mtrose.com for details.
 
With a scheduled opening day of November 20th (conditions permitting), Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort has already fired up its state-of-the-art snowmaking system in preparation for the start of the season. Stay & Ski FREE lift and lodging packages start at just $115 per person, per night (based on double occupancy with a two night minimum stay). This offer includes two lift tickets per room, per night. Some restrictions apply. For more information or reservations, visit www.NorthstarAtTahoe.com.
 
Squaw Valley USA added a number of new, more efficient snowguns during the off-season that will provide better early season coverage including expanded terrain for night skiing and snowboarding. The resort plans to start turning its lifts November 20th and guests can take advantage of an exceptional early booking offer at the Squaw Valley Lodge for just $88 per person, per night on bookings made before November 15th. For further information, log on to www.squaw.com.
 
Guests can stay and ski/ride free at Kirkwood Mountain Resort starting from as low as $99 per person, per night (based on double occupancy with a two night minimum stay). These packages include lift tickets and lodging for two adults; however, additional options exist for families and groups. The resort is targeting an opening day of December 3rd but could open the slopes sooner depending on natural snow coverage. Log on to www.kirkwood.com for further information. 
 
Alpine Meadows is slated to open December 10th as the resort prepares to show off a number of new technologies including its new Magnestick lift safety system for children. The resort has partnered with the Resort at Squaw Creek to offer stay and ski packages with up to 50% savings. Deemed a top ski hotel by Condé Nast Traveler, the package includes lodging, lift tickets, complimentary breakfast and complimentary roundtrip transportation. For more information, log onto www.skialpine.com.  
 
Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort is ready to start turning lifts as soon as conditions permit. Guests can "Stay, Ski and Save Green" this winter thanks to the resorts exclusive package at the upscale, eco-chic 968 Park Hotel and Spa. Starting at just $99 per person, per night (based on double occupancy), the package includes a bottle of regional wine upon check-in, one adult lift ticket valid at Sierra Resort, a $4 donation to the National Forest Foundation and 15% off Sierra Mountain Sports. Check out www.sierraattahoe.com for the entire lowdown.
 
About Ski Lake Tahoe
Surrounding North America's largest alpine lake, the seven resorts that make up Ski Lake Tahoe are Alpine Meadows, Heavenly Mountain Resort, Kirkwood Mountain Resort, 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 totals 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.

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