Lake Tahoe, CA & NV (October 25, 2012) - A major winter storm has dropped more than three feet of fresh snow at the summit elevations of Lake Tahoe ski resorts, showing a glimpse of the promising El Niño weather pattern predicted for the 2012-13 winter season. The same El Niño scenario was responsible for chairlifts turning from Halloween through the Fourth of July during the 2009-10 season.
Forecasters are calling for the unsettled winter weather to continue through the first half of November, which bodes well for destination guests planning vacations in advance of the Thanksgiving holidays. To bolster Mother Nature's efforts, resort operators have fired up their state-of-the-art snowmaking systems to ensure reliable early season conditions and top-to-bottom runs at the Ski Lake Tahoe resorts slated to open in mid-November.
"Savvy skiers and snowboarders have realized they can lock in incredible savings by booking their winter vacation prior to the start of the ski season," said Julie Maurer, president of Ski Lake Tahoe. "This season may very well be a year where those in-the-know can take advantage of great early season conditions at shoulder-season rates, a winning combination to say the least."
Ski Lake Tahoe resorts have announced a number of storm sales and other time-sensitive offers promoting deep discounts on advanced bookings. Additionally, winter enthusiasts can kick-start their seasons by taking advantage of the unbeatable pricing offered on stay-and-ski packages during the months of November and December.
In addition to enjoying the most affordable stay-and-ski packages in the entire country, winter vacationers headed to Lake Tahoe this season will be wowed by more than $100 million in ongoing capital improvements that have vastly enhanced the on-mountain experience and added to the countless variety of family-friendly attractions available off the slopes. The ski resorts have also upped the ante in terms of après ski parties, 24/7 nightlife and big-name entertainment with the action slated to get underway during a series of kickoff events scheduled for mid-November.
Getting to Lake Tahoe will also be much easier this season thanks to more than $27 million in recent renovations to the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. RTIA has announced a number of additional flights for the upcoming winter season such as new nonstop service from the Ontario International Airport, a gateway airport for travelers located in the Los Angeles basin. The opening of the entirely new Interstate 580 freeway will also shave more than ten minutes off the drive time to the slopes.
The following is a sample of some of the more compelling early season deals being offered by the Ski Lake Tahoe resorts. 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.
Alpine Meadows/Squaw Valley - Stay Three, Get the Fourth Night Free
Guests who visit Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley early this winter season can stay the fourth night free at The Village at Squaw Valley. With an impressive inventory of standard rooms, studios and condominium suites, The Village at Squaw Valley offers the ultimate slope-side lodging experience. One, two and three bedroom condominium suites include fireplace, kitchen and private balcony. The offer starts at $73 per night with a four night minimum (price is per person, based on double occupancy). Offer valid through December 20, 2012. Visit www.skialpine.com or www.squaw.com for more details.
Heavenly Mountain Resort - Ski Free, Stay Free
One of Heavenly's most popular deals is back - Ski Free, Stay Free. Book anywhere from four to 10 nights and get one night of lodging and one day skiing/riding free. As one of the most flexible deals with a large variety of lodging options, there is virtually something for everyone. Valid: November 16, 2012-April 14, 2013. Blackout dates apply; restrictions vary based on length of stay and dates. Contact Heavenly Tahoe Vacations at 1-800-HEAVENLY or visit www.skiheavenly.com.
Kirkwood Mountain Resort - Early Bird Learn to Ski/Ride Package
The early bird gets the worm, or in this case a $45 discounted lesson. Kirkwood's LTS/LTR Early Bird Package allows guests to hit the hill first thing in the morning for instruction then have the rest of the day to work on their new skills. Packages include a beginner lesson, rentals and limited lift ticket. Guests must pre-register at least 24 hours in advance and arrive no later than 8:45am the day of their lesson. Early bird packages are available every Saturday and Sunday for ages 13 and older. Visit www.kirkwood.com for the entire lowdown.
Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe - Make Turns Right Off the Tarmac
Located less than 25 minutes from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe has again partnered with a number of Reno casino properties to offer unbeatable stay-and-ski packages starting as low as $79 per person for lift ticket and lodging. Complimentary shuttle options are also available. Additional weekly online specials can be found by visiting www.mtrose.com.
Northstar California - "3-2-1 Countdown to December"
Receive three nights lodging and two days of skiing/riding per person when you book Northstar California's "3-2-1 Countdown to December" lodging, lift ticket and gift card package. Guests receive one $50 Resort Gift Card with each package booked. Some restrictions may apply. Log on to www.northstarcalifornia.com for more information.
Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort - Stay, Ski and Soar
Experience Lake Tahoe like never before with Sierra-at-Tahoe's "Ski, Stay, and Soar" package. Go from the steep and deep at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort to soaring above Lake Tahoe with Reno Tahoe Helicopters to staying at either the Inn by the Lake or Forest Suites Resort all in the same day. The ultimate Tahoe package starts at just $265 per person and includes a two night stay, two lift tickets to Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort and two 20-minute helicopter rides operated by Reno Tahoe Helicopters. Surf on over to www.sierraattahoe.com for complete details.
Ski Lake Tahoe - Six-Pack Lift Ticket
Offering the ultimate in variety, flexibility and savings, the Ski Lake Tahoe Six-Pack Lift Ticket includes six days of skiing or riding at all seven top-rated Lake Tahoe resorts for only $299 - the same price as last season! Lift tickets are completely transferrable and do not have to be used on consecutive days. Limited quantities available. Visit www.skilaketahoe.com to purchase today.
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-S