The timing of this most recent round of storms could not have been better as colder-than-average temperatures had allowed resort operators to run their state-of-the-art snowmaking systems around the clock in advance of the storms providing for reliable early season coverage and miles of groomed corduroy. Thanks to storm snowfall totals that approached three feet at summit elevations, all nine Ski Lake Tahoe resorts have announced they will be open by this upcoming weekend with additional chairlifts and terrain being opened on almost a daily basis. Ecstatic skiers and snowboarders can expect top-to-bottom trails over the upcoming holiday season with options for every ability level including cutting-edge terrain parks and manicured halfpipes soon to follow.
To celebrate the holidays, Lake Tahoe resorts are planning countless gala events ranging from family-friendly torchlight parades to the massive New Year's Eve block party that draws tens of thousands of revelers to the Stateline casino corridor. With an endless variety of diversions both on and off the slopes, Lake Tahoe is the ideal winter destination to capture picture-perfect holiday memories that will be certain to last a lifetime.
The festivities get underway beginning this Saturday, December 14 with the 13th annual Santa Ski Crawl on the slopes of Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe rewarding skiers and snowboarders dressed as jolly old Saint Nick with a $39 lift ticket. Close to 13,000 patrons dressed as Santa then take over the bars, pubs and restaurants of downtown Reno climaxing with a midnight rendition of Christmas carols sung beneath the city's trademark arch. Visit www.mtrose.com for event details.
Guests can celebrate the twelve days of Christmas at Heavenly Mountain Resort during Heavenly Holidays, a two-week festival featuring professional ice skating shows, ice sculptors, carolers, local artists and a sixteen-foot snow globe inside which kids can get their photos taken with Santa. The action gets underway December 20 and culminates December 31 with A Heavenly New Year's Celebration featuring a "gondola drop" and fireworks show at 9:00pm. Further details can be found at www.skiheavenly.com.
The holiday celebrations at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows will be spread out over nearly two weeks with festive celebrations planned from December 21 through January 1 including snowman making contests, live music and plenty of Santa sightings. Guests can also make turns with Chief Mountain Host Jonny Moseley on December 28-30. The mountain will be aglow on New Year's Eve for the annual torchlight parade and fireworks show and families can get a jump on celebrating by attending the East Coast Toast at High Camp. The over 21 crowd can take partying to its extreme at the NYE Bash slated to take place in the Olympic House. For more information, visit www.squaw.com and www.skialpine.com.
Northstar California will be bringing storybook holiday traditions to life during its Noel Nights on Thursdays during the month of December with carolers, ice skating, holiday crafts, ornament painting and hot chocolate around fire pits. The action intensifies with daily holiday celebrations in the Village at Northstar beginning December 21 through December 24 to include live music, free sleigh rides, kid parades and pictures with Santa himself. The resort will also host its annual Fire and Ice New Year's Celebration on December 31 complete with ice skating performances, spectacular fireworks show, kids parades and live music by Queen tribute band Killer Queens. Log on to www.northstarcalifornia.com for more information.
Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort will be unveiling more than $4.5 million in off-season upgrades during its Countdown to Christmas at the Plaza Deck featuring a reading of "The Santa Genie" by children's author Anita E. Shepherd, live skits and visits by Santa himself on December 21 and 22. The resort will also be celebrating DecemberFest at the 360 Smokehouse BBQ on December 23, 29 and 30 with seasonal craft beer and brat tasting. Surf on over to www.sierraattahoe.com for the entire lowdown.
Kirkwood Mountain Resort will be ringing in the New Year on December 31st with its annual torchlight parade, firework show and champagne toast at the Wall Bar. This season's celebration will include an afterparty at the Cornice Grill sponsored by EpicMix. For those looking for a truly memorable experience, a select number of seats are available aboard the resort's enclosed Expedition: Kirkwood Snowcat to ride to the top of Red Cliffs Peak to watch the torchlight parade and fireworks. Log on to www.kirkwood.com for full details.
The annual SnowGlobe Music Festival has grown to truly epic proportions with this year's lineup featuring Beats Antique, Gramatik and legendary rap superstar Snoop Lion (aka Snoop Dogg). This three day festival slated to take place December 29-31 will serve as a perfect primer for the massive slope-side block party that takes over the Stateline casino corridor on the night of New Year's Eve with world renown DJs slated to perform in the nightclubs at both Harrah's Lake Tahoe and MontBleu Resort Casino including Rev Run, the frontman of seminal hip-hop group Run-D.M.C.
For complete details on booking a winter getaway to Lake Tahoe including discounts on lift tickets and lodging packages, please visit SkiLakeTahoe.com to conveniently access resort profiles, weather forecasts, real-time snow reports and the latest happenings at Lake Tahoe ski resorts.
About Ski Lake Tahoe
Surrounding North America's largest alpine lake, the collection of resorts that make up Ski Lake Tahoe are Alpine Meadows, Heavenly, Homewood, Kirkwood, Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe, Northstar California, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort, Squaw Valley and Sugar Bowl. 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 nine resorts, all offering unparalleled scenic vistas of panoramic mountain and lake views, are conveniently located near the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. For further information on how to book airfare, lodging, lift tickets and transportation for Ski Lake Tahoe resorts and their travel partners, visit www.SkiLakeTahoe.com.