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Snowiest December on Record for Lake Tahoe

Resorts to Ring in the New Year with Affordable Stay-and-Ski Packages, Family-Friendly Festivals and Massive Slope Side Celebrations

Lake Tahoe, CA & NV (Dec. 30, 2010) - While blizzards have wreaked havoc in some areas of the country, it's a powder paradise in Lake Tahoe as area ski resorts are on pace for a record-shattering winter that has positioned the destination with the best ski conditions in America and base depths among the deepest in the world. Another powerful, cold winter storm dropped more than three feet of snow over the last few days enabling the resorts to report seasonal snowfall totals of more than 100 inches higher than previous season-to-date records. Forecasters are now calling for sunny skies leading into the New Year meaning skiers and snowboarders can expect to enjoy bottomless powder turns and classic California bluebird weather over the upcoming weekend.


This winter has already included new monthly snowfall records for both November and December with ski resorts recording over 25 feet of snow to date and recent snowpack surveys show that the region is over 200% of average for this time of year. These impressive snowfall totals are a result of a productive La Niña weather pattern that continues to channel storms directly off the Pacific Ocean to the slopes of the Sierra Nevada. A similar pattern occurred during the 1994-95 winter season resulting in seasonal snowfall totals of 780 inches.


Lake Tahoe continues to offer the most affordable stay-and-ski packages in the country with rates starting as low as $65 per person for lift tickets and lodging. As a destination, Lake Tahoe boasts an impressive inventory of accommodations including properties that cover the entire spectrum of lodging options ranging from affordable rooms with slope side convenience to five-star suites with panoramic lakeside elegance. Destination travelers can also take advantage of discount air carriers offering unbeatable fares into the Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RTIA), located less than an hour from the slopes and yet to experience a closure due to snow.


The gathering of revelers looking for the perfect combination of outdoor adventure and non-stop nightlife is already underway with tens of thousands of party-goers expected to show up for the annual New Year's Eve celebrations in the lake area and the massive block party that forms in South Lake Tahoe. The resorts are also offering a number of family-focused New Year's Eve celebrations including kid's concerts, balloon drops, torchlight parades and fireworks displays.


Guests looking to plan a ski vacation to Lake Tahoe can visit the re-designed www.skilaketahoe.com website to view the latest ski deals and discount packages offered by all seven world-class resorts surrounding Lake Tahoe.


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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