Mid-Winter Conditions, Unbeatable Deals Await Destination Guests
**B-Roll Footage and Storm Photos Available**
Lake Tahoe, CA & NV (January 24, 2012) - Skiers and snowboarders have been enjoying deep, fresh powder thanks to four days of intense storms that blanketed Lake Tahoe ski slopes with up to six feet of new snow. This welcomed surplus of snow has allowed resort operators to open additional chairlifts and terrain to supplement the miles of trails and top-to-bottom runs already available at the seven Ski Lake Tahoe resorts. The region now boasts some of the best conditions in the country with many of the resorts pushing to open significant portions of their mountains in time for the upcoming weekend.
Much more typical of a winter weather pattern for Lake Tahoe, this classic Sierra snowstorm put the region back on track to reach its average annual snowfall total of 420 inches with the predictably snowy months of February and March still ahead. Weather forecast models show a favorable storm track for the Northern Sierra over the remaining winter months with more storms on the horizon. Last season after a dry period in January, the region recorded an additional 500 inches of snow that resulted in the resorts turning chairlifts as late as Fourth of July weekend.
"Thanks to the recent powerful winter storms, Lake Tahoe has been transformed into a powder paradise with world-class skiing and snowboarding options available throughout the region," said John Wagnon, president of Ski Lake Tahoe. "Whether guests prefer meticulously groomed corduroy, steep-and-deep powder runs, world-class tree skiing or some of the most progressive terrain parks on the planet, the seven Ski Lake Tahoe resorts truly offer something for everyone."
Winter enthusiasts can take advantage of a number of unbeatable deals at Lake Tahoe resorts including stay-and-ski packages starting as low as $79 per person. Discount airfare is also available into the region and the "bags fly free" policy of the dominant carrier Southwest Airlines resonates well with value-minded skiers and snowboarders.
Alpine Meadows is offering a Fly and Ski Free deal rewarding skiers and snowboarders with a free lift ticket the day of their arrival to make turns that afternoon. Guests simply need to present a same-day airline boarding pass with a matching photo ID at the resort's special tickets window to receive a complimentary lift ticket valid the rest of the afternoon at Alpine Meadows as well as for night skiing at Squaw Valley. Visit www.skialpine.com for further details.
Guests can ski or ride free at Heavenly Mountain Resort by booking the resort's popular On the House lodging packages. Extremely flexible in terms of dates valid and properties included, guests who book any stay between three to ten days receive a free night of lodging and a free day of skiing or snowboarding. Further information can be found at www.skiheavenly.com.
Situated off-the-beaten path on Highway 88, Kirkwood Mountain Resort offers stay-and-ski or snowboard packages starting as low as $88. This package includes lift ticket and lodging at a number of slope-side properties affording breath-taking views of the resort's picturesque skyline. Log on to www.kirkwood.com for the lowdown.
Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe has partnered with a number of Reno casino resort properties to offer stay-and-ski packages starting as low as $79 per person for lift tickets and lodging. The resort also rewards guests who pre-purchase lift tickets and lessons online with website-based daily discounts such as Bonus Mondays during which adult lift tickets are only $49 and Two 'Fer Tuesdays. Visit www.mtrose.com to check out all the deals.
Northstar California Resort offers stay-and-ski free packages starting as low as $115 per person that include lift tickets, lodging, complimentary ski/board storage, ice skating and more. Lift tickets can also be exchanged for a trail pass accessing the resort's more than 35km of groomed cross country and snowshoe trails. Further information can be found at www.NorthstarCalifornia.com.
Guests can save $20 per day off the daily lift ticket price at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort by purchasing a 3-Pak Lift Ticket valid throughout the entirety of the season with no holiday blackout dates and lift tickets do not need to be used on consecutive days. The resort also offers an unbeatable learn-to-ski or snowboard package for $35 that includes lift ticket, lesson and rentals. Details can be found at www.sierraattahoe.com.
Squaw Valley has partnered with sister resort Alpine Meadows to create the Tahoe Super 4 offering four days of unrestricted skiing or snowboarding at both resorts for only $289. Stay-and-ski packages are also available in the heart of The Village at Squaw Valley starting as low as $83 per person for lift tickets and lodging. Visit 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 online discounts on both lift tickets and lodging.
**B-Roll Footage and Storm Photos Available**
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Heavenly Mountain Resort
Kirkwood Mountain Resort
Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe
Northstar California Resort
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 and to directly book travel, lodging and transportation for Ski Lake Tahoe resorts and its travel partners, visit www.SkiLakeTahoe.com.