Lake Tahoe, CA & NV (Dec. 23, 2009) - Travelers looking for the ideal combination of affordable luxury accommodations, incredible skiing and snowboarding conditions, unparalleled entertainment options and a totally unique holiday winter destination experience should look no further than Lake Tahoe. The slopes at the seven ski resorts surrounding Lake Tahoe have received over a foot of fresh powder from another El Niño storm system perfectly timed for the holidays. This latest round of storms was on the heels of an earlier system in December that dropped more than eight feet of snow in eight days creating true mid-winter snow conditions and top-to-bottom skiing and snowboarding at the Ski Lake Tahoe resorts. With unique holiday festivals, intimate tableside evenings and the largest annual winter destination New Year's Eve party scene in the country all taking place in the next couple of weeks, Lake Tahoe is the place to be.
"Lake Tahoe has been transformed into a winter wonderland in the matter of weeks thanks to a couple of classic Sierra snowstorms that dropped massive amounts of fresh snow, creating several face-shot powder days," said John Wagnon, president of Ski Lake Tahoe. "With forecasters calling for continued accumulations and colder-than-normal temps, Lake Tahoe is on track to offer the best snow conditions in the country this season."
With season snowfall totaling over 100 inches this month, the region has received more than a quarter of the annual snowfall total typically seen in an entire season. The seven Ski Lake Tahoe resorts are currently showcasing top-to-bottom skiing on some of the deepest base depths in the country. With the opening of additional lifts and terrain last weekend, resorts are now at full operations in time for the upcoming holidays. Skiers and snowboarders heading to the seven Ski Lake Tahoe resorts will have over 124 lifts, 600 trails and over 15,000 acres of legendary Lake Tahoe terrain awaiting their arrival.
As a destination, Lake Tahoe continues to offer the most affordable ski-and-stay packages in the country with rates starting as low as $69. In addition to incredible savings on vacation packages, guests headed to Lake Tahoe for the holidays can partake in a number of Christmas celebrations and New Year's Eve festivities ranging from family-focused offerings to the biggest block party in the High Sierra.
Non-stop Action and 24/7 Nightlife for New Year's Eve
Lake Tahoe is legendary for its 24/7 New Year's Eve celebrations by annually hosting the biggest and wildest New Year's parties of any other winter destination in the country. From shore-to-shore, local watering holes, music halls, plush cocktail lounges and outlandish nightclubs, casino parties and massive outdoor block parties go from dusk 'til dawn and beyond in Lake Tahoe. The wide variety of party options and thousands of resort guest rooms leave an open door for travelers to come and partake in the celebrations.
More than 10,000 revelers ring in the New Year annually at the casino venues of South Lake Tahoe. Montbleu Casino and Resort will be hosting the New Years Eve XS Party sprawling between three distinctively different venues including Blu Nightclub, Opal Ultra Lounge and the MontBleu Convention Center with over 30,000 square feet dedicated to the party scene. The countdown to the ball drop at midnight includes a free champagne toast and a "24/7 Happy Hour" insures the same drink prices all night long. Dance the night away to welcome in the New Year at Harrah's Lake Tahoe with VEX Nightclub's go-go dancers, aerial acts and VIP booths bringing Vegas-style partying to the shores of Lake Tahoe. This New Year's Eve block party celebration takes place at the casino corridor near the base of Heavenly Mountain Resort in South Lake Tahoe, offering revelers the opportunity to make their way from the casino resorts to the waiting gondola just steps away.
The biggest party on the North Shore is slated for Squaw Valley USA's Olympic House with the Fresh Tracks New Year's Eve Celebration consisting of three parties in one with DJ's spinning tunes late into the night. Families can take in the resort's fireworks display at an all ages offering at the resort's High Camp complex accessed by a 2,000 foot vertical ride on the resort's Cable Car and ski with Olympic Gold Medalist Jonny Moseley December 26th through January 2nd. For those looking to ring in the New Year with an intimate affair, Alpine Meadows is offering a new gourmet dinner experience at its mid-mountain chalet accessed via an enclosed heated snowcat, ideal for groups and families.
Northstar at Tahoe Resort will be hosting a family-friendly "Fire and Ice" New Year's Eve Party featuring the Controlled Burn fire dancers from Reno performing three shows along with live music, shopping, dining, skating, drink specials, and a fireworks show. Kirkwood Mountain Resort will once again be hosting a torchlight parade and fireworks display as part of its New Year's Eve celebration with an after party and fine-dining reservations available.
For snow conditions, information about the best ski deals available, and to book travel, please visit www.skilaketahoe.com.