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Resorts Add Family-Friendly Amenities

Slopes in Great Shape for Upcoming Presidents Day Holiday and School Breaks

Lake Tahoe, CA & NV (February 7, 2013) - Lake Tahoe resorts continue to upgrade both base area facilities and on-mountain amenities as part of more than $100 million in ongoing capital improvements designed to make the slopes more welcoming for families. The seven Ski Lake Tahoe resorts have also unveiled numerous new attractions providing for non-stop family fun long after the chairlifts stop turning. Combine these recent enhancements with unbeatable vacation deals and phenomenal mid-winter snow conditions, and Lake Tahoe quickly stands apart as the best bet for value-minded families in search of an unforgettable winter getaway over the upcoming holiday period and school breaks.


The welcoming atmosphere is noticeable as soon as guests arrive at the resorts with family-friendly amenities such as drop-off zones, close-in parking, heated walkways and complimentary wheeled wagons making it easy to get the young ones and their gear to and from the slopes. A number of resorts have remodeled their children's ski school facilities in order to streamline the morning process while others have built entirely new mid-mountain lodges to provide convenient access throughout the day.


On the slopes, families with young children will quickly appreciate the specialized surface lifts, detachable chairlifts, enclosed gondolas and aerial trams all designed to make the ski and snowboard experience as carefree as possible. The resorts have gone so far as to sculpt beginner terrain and create themed adventure zones to ensure kids have a fun, interactive environment in which to learn and explore. Guests can end the day with complimentary piping hot cookies and gooey chocolate s'mores served up as a slope-side reward after a fun day on the slopes.


Once the chairlifts stop turning, the modern mountain villages found on both shores of Lake Tahoe turn into beehives of activity with countless diversions available for the family looking to ski, stay and play together. Tubing parks, ice skating rinks, swimming lagoons, mini snowmobiles, bounce houses and bungee trampolines are just a few of the myriad activities guaranteed to keep the kids entertained. For the truly adventurous family, Lake Tahoe offers a number of unique attractions such as treetop canopy tours, dogsled rides, paddlewheeler cruises and scenic helicopter flights that are certain to forge a lasting memory of a fun-filled ski vacation.


Averaging more than 300 days of sunshine each year, the region offers the perfect blend of reliable snow and predictably sunny skies that allows families to focus on the fun side of the sport and leave the facemasks and extra layers at home. This season the Ski Lake Tahoe resorts have already gotten off to a tremendous start with more than 26 feet of snowfall being reported at higher summit elevations along with some of the deepest base depths in the entire country hovering around 100 inches. Moderate temperatures have kept the snow in pristine condition with miles upon miles of carvable corduroy awaiting destination travelers affording breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe itself, the perfect backdrop for a memorable family photo.


With forecasts calling for a powder freshen-up this week, Lake Tahoe will be in prime mid-winter condition for the upcoming holiday periods and school breaks. Families can take advantage of unbeatable stay-and-ski packages starting as low as $79 for lift ticket and lodging as well as discount airfare into the Reno-Tahoe International Airport with one-way rates as low as $49. The following are new family-friendly amenities and timely deals/packages at all seven Ski Lake Tahoe resorts.


The Kids Camp facility at Alpine Meadows provides for a simplified approach to the morning arrival process with automated registration kiosks, indoor play space and easy access to the slopes. The new Boot Camp start park and Bunker progression park have been specifically designed for young children with smaller sized boxes, rails and terrain park features; both will be showcased during the Snowbomb Lil' Air Festival on March 30, 2013. Also new this season, the resort has introduced brightly colored Kinderlift vests into its children's ski and snowboard school which allow instructors to easily spot students and assist with loading chairlifts. Families can take advantage of the resort's Kids Stay and Ski Free Package starting as low as $170 per person, per night and children under four can ski free at Alpine Meadows any day, all season (no blackouts). Visit www.skialpine.com for complete details.


Heavenly Mountain Resort unveiled a new children's ski and snowboard school lodge last season known as the Bear Cave conveniently located mid-mountain at the top of the resort's gondola. The building's design mirrors the architecture of the recently completed 14,720 square foot Tamarack Lodge anchoring the family-friendly amenities available at Adventure Peak. Already offering sightseeing, snowplay areas, lift-served tubing lanes and snowbikes, the mid-mountain playground now includes an adventure zone known as Black Bear Hollow that enables kids to learn to ski or snowboard in a safe, interactive environment. Kids can also join Heavenly's mascot Ripperoo on Saturdays as he leads kids on a merry jaunt with his marching band in tow as they sing, dance, and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies to cap off a great day on the slopes. Log on to www.skiheavenly.com for more information.


Kirkwood Mountain Resort serves as an ideal base camp for families hoping to fill their vacations with adventurous experiences such as ziplining, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or evening snowcat tours to the top of Red Cliffs Mountain for spectacular views of the High Sierra. The Timber Creek Base Area offers all the products and services families need for an enjoyable day on the slopes, and the new Small Fry program introduces children from two to four years old to the sport via a two-hour "parent and me" program. For the more advanced skiers and riders, Expedition: Kirkwood also offers the Junior Expeditions Team (JETS), which nurtures young adventure seekers and teaches them proper mountain safety techniques in a hands-on manner. For further details, please visit www.kirkwood.com.


Families can make turns right off the plane at Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe located less than 25 minutes from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. The resort's layout is ideal for families with its naturally funneling trails, dedicated beginners' area, easy-to-use conveyor lifts and detachable six-pack lifts. The Wild Horse Adventure Trail is always a hit with the kids as it winds through the trees evoking audible cries of excitement and laughter from both the young and the young-at-heart. The resort offers an interchangeable lift ticket for parents planning to share shifts on the slopes, and Family Packs can be purchased for just $205 including lift tickets for two adults and two children ages 17 and under valid every day of the season. Log on to www.mtrose.com for more information.


Northstar California continues to be recognized as one of the top family resorts in the country thanks in part to innovative learning programs such as the new Ripperoo Riglet Park by Burton designed to introduce kids ages 4-6 to the sport of snowboarding and the one-of-a-kind Burton Snowboard Academy. The recently replaced Big Easy quad chairlift provides ski-in, ski-out access to The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe and improves access to the resort's sculpted Smart Terrain™, proven to significantly reduce the learning curve for beginners. The Village at Northstar serves as a hub for family activities with the ever-popular skating rink, live music, comfortable cabanas and fire pits perfect for roasting s'mores. More adventurous types can check out the Apex Bungy trampoline, mid-mountain tubing park, and moonlight snowshoe tours. New this season, with the introduction of Vail Resorts' EpicMix Racing™, skiers and snowboarders can see how they stack up against the great American ski racer Lindsey Vonn and share their results instantly with family and friends through social media. Visit www.NorthstarCalifornia.com for the entire story.


In conjunction with Burton Snowboards and Lucasfilms, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort recently unveiled the new Yoda's Riglet Park combining industry-leading teaching methodology with lifelike replicas from the Star Wars galaxy. Kids and adults alike will be amazed by the craftsmanship behind these chainsaw carvings of fan favorites such as Yoda, Chewbacca, R2D2, C3P0 and of course plenty of loveable Ewoks. The resort has also upgraded the amenities available at its dedicated snowplay area Blizzard Mountain that boasts lift-served tubing, a bounce house, snowman kits, snowball makers, fire pits and more. Sierra-at-Tahoe offers a season-long Learn-To-Ski or Snowboard Package for only $39 that includes lift ticket, lesson and rentals. Surf on over to www.sierraattahoe.com for more details.


Squaw Valley has made significant investments in upgrading both its facilities and on-mountain experience for families. The new SnoVentures Activity Zone consists of a renovated family-friendly lodge, lift-accessed tubing lanes and even mini snowmobiles designed especially for kids. Families should mark their calendars for the week-long Kid-O-Rama celebration slated to take place February 15-23, 2013, consisting of parades, concerts, street parties, balloon animals, a Dance Party on Ice and performances by renowned children's performer Todd Wees and his band. Big Truck Night in the Village is always a crowd-favorite as kids can get close-up views of fire trucks, snowplows and grooming machines. New this year, Squaw has unveiled the Kid-O-Rama Kastle, a 5,000 square foot snow castle built using 30,000 cubic feet of snow featuring four towers, three slides and four staircases. For more information, visit www.squaw.com.


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 seven resorts that make up Ski Lake Tahoe are Alpine Meadows, Heavenly Mountain Resort, Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe, Northstar California Resort, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort and Squaw Valley. 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 or to book travel, lodging and transportation for Ski Lake Tahoe resorts and their travel partners, visit www.SkiLakeTahoe.com.



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