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America's Top Ski Destination According to Orbitz

Over 8 Feet of New Snow from Continuing Winter Storms Gives Lake Tahoe America's Best Ski Conditions

Lake Tahoe, CA & NV (Jan. 25, 2010) - Lake Tahoe has collected national acclaim with Orbitz naming the region No. 1 in its Top 10 Ski Destination rankings for the third consecutive year amidst a series of winter storms that have brought over eight feet of fresh snow to the region. This top ranking comes in addition to similar no. 1 winter destination ratings over the last three seasons by travel agencies and booking sites including TripAdvisor.com and TravelZoo. The No. 1 Orbitz ranking for 2010 is based on Lake Tahoe leading gross hotel and vacation package bookings on Orbitz.com, a leading global online travel company.
 
"By leading bookings on Orbitz and again receiving the Orbitz top winter destination ranking, Lake Tahoe proves it has what it takes to satisfy discriminating ski vacation travelers," said John Wagnon, president of Ski Lake Tahoe. "In our current travel marketplace, where visitors are expecting more value and superior quality in a ski vacation, Lake Tahoe's value proposition can't be beat in terms of offering an affordable, totally unique winter destination experience both on and off the mountain."
 
The latest round of El Niño storm systems dropped over eight feet of fresh snow on the slopes of Lake Tahoe ski resorts, shattering the 250-inch benchmark of snowfall for the season. Following the snowiest December in the last decade, the Ski Lake Tahoe resorts are currently reporting some of the deepest base depths in the country and the region is on pace for what could be a record-setting season. Snowfall occurred at a rate of more than four inches per hour during the storms and the colder temperatures associated with the systems made for light, dry snow conditions ideal for overhead powder turns. Winter storms are continuing to affect the West Coast and Lake Tahoe is currently receiving snow that is expected to continue through Tuesday. Supersized winter storms are the norm for Lake Tahoe as the area averages over 400 inches of annual snowfall coupled with more than 300 days of sunshine.
 
The high volume of winter travel bookings to Lake Tahoe is a result of the region offering the most affordable ski/stay packages in the country and discount airfares dominating air travel to the region. Ski-and-stay packages begin as low as $69 per night at regional casino resorts, allowing guests the flexibility to choose from all seven Ski Lake Tahoe resorts surrounding Lake Tahoe. With ski lifts in close proximity to the Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RTIA), travelers can find the closest ski lifts just half an hour away, as well as an array of accommodations, entertainment and acclaimed dining options at the luxurious resorts, casino hotels, restaurants and bars surrounding the lake.
 
To take advantage of the most affordable ski-and-stay packages in the country, log onto 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.

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