Lake Tahoe, CA & NV (Jan. 7, 2010) - Thanks to the snowiest December in the last decade, the seven Ski Lake Tahoe resorts are currently reporting some of the deepest base depths in the country along with top-to-bottom skiing and snowboarding at all seven resorts surrounding the lake region. For the second consecutive year, skiers and snowboarders were treated to a number of powder days over the holidays with impressive coverage and mid-winter conditions enabling resorts to open 100% of their terrain. This consistent snowfall pattern has been attributed to an El Niño weather scenario that has already resulted in the region receiving more than a quarter of its average annual snowfall total with more storms on the horizon.
Following a busy holiday period, the resorts will carry this momentum into 2010 by showcasing new terrain park features, on-mountain guiding services, backcountry programs, one-of-a-kind camps and clinics and upcoming special events. Not only can destination travelers headed to Lake Tahoe during the month of January enjoy incredible snow conditions, guests can realize their New Year's resolution to take their ability to the next level through industry-leading instructional programs or by participating in the camaraderie involved in a multi-day clinic. With more resorts in close proximity than any other winter destination offering more diverse terrain and ski and snowboard options across the board, the options at Lake Tahoe are virtually limitless.
Squaw Valley USA is gearing up for its Olympic Heritage Celebration slated for January 8th-17th including guest participation in re-enactments of a number of the events on their original venues along with the opportunity to ski with Olympic gold medalist Jonny Moseley. The resort has also welcomed a number of new ski and snowboard programs for women, parents and children. Women of Winter on Wednesdays, a discounted full-day clinic open to women skiers and snowboarders, focuses on skiing or riding in current conditions and teaching technique needed to tackle varying terrain on the mountain. Big mountain ski icons Ingrid Backstrom and Jessica Sobolowski will be on hand for Squaw's Just for Women Weekend taking place January 9-10, 2010 including an off-snow, après ski social element. Robb Gaffney's popular Ski-The-Book Clinic is back this winter, and his Squallywood Clinic series offers a new program designed for parents and children to experience together what it is like to be in a ski movie.
Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort has long been renowned for world-class terrain park layouts which have served as training grounds for Olympic caliber athletes such as Hannah Teeter and Jamie Anderson. However with the addition of the recently incorporated double-black diamond terrain found in Huckleberry Canyon, Sierra Resort has taken on more of a backcountry-focused approach including the expansion of its Backcountry and Telemark Center along with free tours of Huckleberry Canyon for qualified skiers and riders on Friday afternoons when conditions allow. The tour will introduce skiers and riders to the terrain, offer advice on various lines, chutes and drops, and give directions on when and where to exit the canyon. And for those searching for an affordable introduction to the sports of skiing and snowboarding, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort is offering a season-long Learn to Ski/Snowboard package for only $35.
Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort recently added a Superpipe to its impressive array of terrain parks and progressive elements for newschoolers. The Stash was developed by Jake Burton to be a place where riders can progress their all-mountain skills in a fun, natural environment that features tree runs, road jumps and jibs all constructed with wood logs and other natural materials. Northstar Resort is also home to the Burton Snowboard Academy, a first-of-its-kind learning program designed to welcome new riders to the sport, encourage the progression of those already in the sport, and provide a customized experience built around an entirely new terrain-based teaching methodology. For freeheeling women headed to Lake Tahoe, Northstar Resort's Cross-Country Ski, Telemark & Snowshoe Center has partnered with Luna Chix in three unique on snow clinics for women, by women climaxing with a one-day Telemark Camp on January 9th. Female instructors provide gender-specific instruction to those looking to learn, improve or perfect their technique.
Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe is gearing up for a freeheel frenzy as part of its TeleFest Day on Sunday, January 10th with a festive atmosphere, special events and free demos available for participants. The resort also recently opened the gates to its famed Chutes, beckoning advanced skiers and riders to the more than 200 acres of high-walled, narrow runs that were at one time off-limits but now have a lift waiting for those who brave the terrain. As for the terrain park scene, both the Badlands and DoubleDown terrain parks have been built for the season along with a progression park for beginners on the Ponderosa Trail and a handful of other features on the Galena Run.
Kirkwood Mountain Resort invested more than $10,000 in revamping the resort's terrain park features during the offseason perfectly timed for the upcoming stop on the Toyota Sick and Twisted Freestyle Tour scheduled for January 23rd. The resort also offers a dedicated Skier/Boarder X course open to the public, particularly well suited for families with a competitive streak. For those looking to expand their knowledge of mountain exploration, Expedition: Kirkwood is celebrating its 10th year of offering all-mountain and backcountry education programs including daily guide service, multi-day camps, avalanche awareness courses and snowcat tours. The resort also showcases a number of Burton Learn-to-Ride programs including the designation of being the only resort on the West Coast to offer a Learn-To-Ride Powder program.
The recent snowfall over the holidays allowed Heavenly Mountain Resort to open the legendary steep and deep terrain of Mott and Killebrew Canyons along with park crews putting the finishing touches on the Powder Bowl Terrain Park. In 2008-09, Heavenly's terrain parks won an award for the best use of recycled features. This season, the resort developed some of the most creative, urban-based recycled jibs at Lake Tahoe. Heavenly has also announced a new mountain guide program, The Adventure Sessions, that teams like-minded, similarly-skilled skiers or snowboarders with a top guide allowing quick access to the best terrain and conditions on the mountain while encouraging guests to go places that they might not go themselves. Not only will participants receive lunch and preferential lift line access, but they'll pick up tips and technical information along the way.
Alpine Meadows has announced a women's program representing a new era of ski coaching for women, by women. Team R.A.D. (Rippin' Alpine Divas) includes coaching by eight of the country's top female ski instructors who focus on a sensory experience and building technical skills. In addition to a three day camp slated for January 12th-14th, Team R.A.D. coaches are available for group, private, or semi-private instruction throughout the winter. For the jibbers, the resort also unveiled a new terrain park layout this season that encompasses the entire mountain by utilizing existing features and the natural flow of the mountain.
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.