The legendary spring skiing scene in Lake Tahoe must be experienced first-hand to be fully understood - miles of carvable corduroy, dazzling Sierra sunshine, bikini-clad skiers and snowboarders - all with the cobalt blue waters of Lake Tahoe itself serving as a breath-taking backdrop. Springtime brings with it the unique seasonal opportunity to enjoy a sunset stroll on the beaches of Sand Harbor or a refreshing dip in the crystal clear waters of Emerald Bay after an invigorating day on the slopes - experiences truly unique to Lake Tahoe when compared to other winter destinations.
This spring season the calendar is especially filled with world-class competitions, one-of-a-kind special events and a palpable party atmosphere that will extend far beyond the ski area boundaries. The US Alpine Championships and the US Freestyle Championships will provide spectators with an up-close-and-personal preview of potential US Olympians headed to Sochi; in addition, longtime industry pros Shaun White, Tanner Hall and Glen Plake will all be hosting high-energy events at Lake Tahoe resorts this spring. Daily après ski parties, free concerts and slope-side festivals will serve to get skiers and snowboarders in the right frame of mind to fully embrace the 24/7 nightlife and Vegas-style entertainment offered at lake-wide casino resort properties.
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. The following is a cursory rundown of world-class competitions, high-energy events and unparalleled deals being offered at the seven Ski Lake Tahoe resorts this spring season.
Alpine Meadows will be welcoming the Red Bull Schlittentag on April 6th with costumed daredevils propelling themselves down the slopes and over crowd-pleasing jumps on self-made sleds ranging from shopping carts on skis to elaborately decorated pirate ships. This event is but one of many spring festivities slated to take place at Alpine Meadows including the weekly Spring Music Series, Snow Golf and the ever-present shenanigans at the resort's on-mountain Ice Bar. Guests can ski/ride at both Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley for as low as $82/day by purchasing a Tahoe Super 4 Pack. Visit www.skialpine.com for complete details
Heavenly Mountain Resort has a full calendar of events set to take place on its slopes this spring, including the US Freestyle Championships March 29th-31st, the High Roller Hold 'Em big air competition hosted by Shaun White on April 6th, and the 10th Annual Gunbarrel 25 featuring legendary hot-dogger Glen Plake on April 7th. In addition to its daily Unbuckle at Tamarack après ski party, the resort also will be hosting Spring Loaded at Heavenly from March 27th through April 14th bringing two full weeks of free concerts, boundary-pushing parties and springtime fun to the slopes of Heavenly. Skiers and snowboarders can stay and ski free this spring season by booking a flexible Heavenly on the House lodging package. Log on to www.skiheavenly.com for more information.
Kirkwood Mountain Resort will be screening a special engagement showing of the Tahoe Adventure Film Festival on March 30th featuring cutting-edge footage of the world's most accomplished outdoor adventurers in breath-taking locations such as Yosemite, Alaska and Chamonix. The resort will also be hosting its 19th Annual Legendary Kirkwood Banked Slalom event on April 13th and 14th pitting longtime locals against industry pros in a no-holds-barred race to the bottom of Snowsnake Gully. Guests who book three nights of lodging at Kirkwood get the fourth night free at any of the resort's convenient, slope-side accommodations. Check out www.kirkwood.com for the entire lowdown.
Spring is in full swing at Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe with daily discounts available online and unbeatable stay-and-ski packages being offered at select Reno casino properties starting as low as $79 for lift ticket and lodging. The resort is teaming up with Great Basin Brewing Company this Saturday, March 23rd to offer a full day of fun, music and giveaways including a pair of "Icky" Moment skis sporting a custom top sheet celebrating the company's signature brew. For details on more springtime fun at the resort, visit www.mtrose.com.
Families looking for a great way to spend a spring day should circle the calendar for the S'moresapalooza event slated to take place at Northstar California on March 30th. Complimentary tastings of five different s'mores recipes will be available at locations throughout the bustling Village at Northstar along with face painting, a free concert by the Serina Dawn Band, live DJs and even visits from the resort mascot Ripperoo and the Easter Bunny. Northstar will also be the site of the annual "Spring It On" celebration on April 7th with a retro dress day, pond skim and live music. Guests can save up to 35% off stays at Northstar California this spring. Visit www.NorthstarCalifornia.com for details.
Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort is excited to announce it will be hosting the first ever Tanner Hall Invitational on March 30th, an invite-only competition showcasing professional skiers such as Sammy Carlson, Henrik Harlaut and Joffrey Pollet-Villard on a one-of-a-kind venue designed by Tahoe-based Snow Park Technologies. Skiers can also free their heels and stomp their feet during the resort's 10th Annual Telegrass Festival on April 7th consisting of telemark clinics, live bluegrass bands and seasonal beers from local breweries. For a truly unique spring lodging package, guests can book Sierra's Stay, Ski and Soar Package offering two nights lodging, two days of lift tickets and two scenic helicopter flights for only $265 per person (based on double occupancy). Surf over to www.sierraattahoe.com for the entire story.
Squaw Valley has been chosen as the host mountain for the 2013 US Alpine Championships slated to take place March 20th through March 24th bringing Olympic caliber competition to the Lake Tahoe region. Mixing side-by-side racing with side-splitting humor, the Pain McShlonkey Classic scheduled for March 30th serves as a hilarious tribute to legendary skier Shane McConkey as snow bladers in Saucer Boy costumes vie to be crowned king of the mountain. The opening of the High Camp pool and hot tub on March 23rd signals the official start of the spring skiing season at Squaw Valley which will also include a weekend of live music during SnowBash April 13th and 14th and the Cushing Crossing pond skimming contest to close the season. Spring Getaway packages start at just $118 per person for lodging, lift ticket and mountaintop pool access. Log on to www.squaw.com for more information.
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.