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Lake Tahoe: Powder Paradise for the Holiday Season

Resorts to Ring in the New Year with Family-Friendly Festivals, Fantastic Snow Conditions and the Biggest Slope-Side Block Party on the Planet

Lake Tahoe, CA & NV (December 20, 2012) - Lake Tahoe ski resorts continue to benefit from wave after wave of powerful December storm systems ensuring phenomenal skiing and snowboarding conditions for the upcoming holiday season. The latest round dropped more than two feet of new snow at higher elevations allowing the majority of resorts to open 100 percent of their terrain. With this weekend's forecast now calling for an additional four to six feet of snowfall followed by bluebird skies in time for Christmas, the seven Ski Lake Tahoe resorts are ready to show off their wilder sides during countless slope-side parties and renowned festivals leading up to the region's unrivaled New Year's Eve celebrations.


With over 150 inches of snowfall already fallen to date and summit base depths now approaching six feet, Lake Tahoe ski resorts have been able to open top-to-bottom trails with options for every ability level. Groomed runs are in mid-season shape and much of the experts-only terrain typically not open until later in the season is already filled in with thigh-high powder. The significant early season snowfall has also allowed the resorts to build impressive terrain park features with manicured halfpipes soon to follow.


The wide variety of world-class skiing and snowboarding options has long differentiated Lake Tahoe from other winter destinations as the region boasts more ski resorts in close proximity than any destination in North America. But perhaps even more of a distinction is Lake Tahoe's 24/7 nightlife and endless entertainment options including Vegas-style gaming at lake-wide casino properties. Five-star restaurants and cutting-edge nightclubs serve as a perfect complement to the region's legendary ski slopes. Destination guests looking for non-stop action during their winter vacation this season should look no further than the slopes of Lake Tahoe.


This season Lake Tahoe is ramping up for an especially impressive spectrum of New Year's Eve celebrations ranging from family-friendly festivals to the biggest slope-side block party on the planet. The second annual SnowGlobe Festival is expected to draw more than 10,000 revelers to supplement the already massive gathering of party-goers that typically congregate in the Stateline casino corridor to celebrate the stroke of midnight. The following is a cursory rundown of the best ways to ring in the New Year in Lake Tahoe.


24/7 Nightlife and Entertainment Leading Up to NYE
The second annual SnowGlobe Festival will be taking place in South Lake Tahoe over the three days leading up to New Year's Eve with an impressive slate of big-name acts slated to perform on three separate stages including headliners Wiz Khalifa, Deadmau5 and Chromeo. Afterparties will spill over into the numerous nightclubs at MontBleu Resort Casino climaxing with three parties in one on the night of New Year's Eve.


The entire Stateline casino corridor will be transformed into a massive block party on the night of New Year's Eve with tens of thousands of party-goers spilling out into the barricaded streets leading up to the stroke of midnight. Harrah's and Harvey's casinos will serve as a perfect base camp to take in this spectacle in between live music at the Cabo Wabo Cantina and a boundary-pushing party at Vex Nightclub.


Similar New Year's Eve celebrations are slated to take place at the North Shore casino properties including live entertainment at the Tahoe Biltmore and the Jackie Greene Band at the Crystal Bay Casino. Squaw Valley's Olympic House will also be throwing a raucous New Year's Eve bash for the over 21 crowd with world-renown DJs helping welcome in 2013.


For those that can't wait until NYE to party, there will be End of the World parties commemorating the end of the Mayan calendar taking place at both Squaw Valley and MontBleu Resort Casino this Friday, December 21st. What better way to go out than a day spent sinking powder turns on the slopes followed by a night of debauchery on the dancefloor?


If the Mayans end up being mistaken about the end of the world, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort plans to celebrate on December 22nd by offering a "Mayans Missed It" $22 lift ticket (available online through Liftopia - limited quantities available) along with live music by the Bear Bones horn quintet and unveiling the winner of the Last Tap Brew Off.


Squaw Valley will be the site of the Get Outside Festival on Saturday, December 22nd with a free live performance by acclaimed musical artists the Gin Blossoms. Also slated to take place on Saturday, December 22nd, Northstar California will throw its 40th Anniversary Celebration hosted by resort athlete and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Shaun White with live music by Forget the Roses.


Holiday revelers can try out their dance moves during the daily "Unbuckle at Tamarack" après-ski parties held mid-mountain at the top of Heavenly Mountain Resort's gondola complete with drink specials, DJs, go-go dancers and appearances by the Heavenly Angels.


Family-Friendly New Year's Eve Festivals and Performances
Guests visiting Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley can make turns with Olympic Gold Medalist and Chief Mountain Host Jonny Moseley during his two-hour complimentary mountain tours scheduled for the entire week leading up to New Year's Eve. Families can then ring in the New Year by riding the Aerial Tram to High Camp for an elegant dinner and an East Coast Toast at 9:00pm PST complete with a dazzling fireworks display.


Heavenly Mountain Resort's New Year's Eve Celebration will be jam-packed with family-friendly entertainment including the Fire Groove fire dancers, an ice sculpting performance by Fear No Ice, live music by the LA Allstars, a fireworks show and the world's only "Gondola Ball Drop" taking place at 9:00pm PST in tandem with midnight on the East Coast so that the little ones can rest up for another big day on the slopes.


Kirkwood Mountain Resort will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary as part of its annual New Year's Eve festivities including a torchlight parade, fireworks display, fire dancers, aerial performers and numerous DJs ensuring a high-energy atmosphere on the resort's main plaza. 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 fireworks and celebrate with a champagne or sparkling cider toast.


Certain to be a favorite with families, Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe will be holding a New Year's Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Show on Monday, December 31st with a DJ performing on the deck of the Winters Creek Lodge along with an on-the-snow procession of the resort's snowcats.


Northstar California will host its annual Fire and Ice New Year's Celebration complete with ice skating performances, spectacular fireworks show, DJs and live music by Bon Jovi Tribute band Livin' on a Prayer. Kids can also stop by the Villager Candle Shop to create their own candle, pottery, mosaic or stuffed bear along with festive New Year's Eve masks.


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.

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