Lake Tahoe, CA & NV (December 8, 2011) - Lake Tahoe resorts enter the holiday season with some of the best early season ski conditions in the country thanks to state-of-the-art snowmaking systems and initial storms from a returning La Niña weather pattern. Top-to-bottom runs await skiers and snowboarders along with unbeatable vacation deals, new guest amenities and memorable holiday events and festivals. The modern mountain villages surrounding Lake Tahoe have been transformed into real-life winter wonderlands complete with twinkling white lights, Christmas carolers, Santa sightings and 24/7 nightlife options capable of keeping Rudolph's red nose well lit.
This holiday season the Ski Lake Tahoe resorts are rolling out the red carpet and decking the halls with nearly $100 million in capital improvements that will enhance the guest experience well into the future. Ribbon-cutting ceremonies will be taking place during the next few weeks on new chairlifts, mid-mountain lodges, renovated base area facilities and adventurous new attractions geared towards the entire family.
Holiday cheer is certain to be shared by destination guests who take advantage of the most affordable stay-and-ski packages in the country with rates starting as low as $79 per person leading up to Christmas week. The Lake Tahoe resorts plan to host a number of seasonal events and holiday-themed activities that will provide lasting Christmas and holiday memories.
The festive atmosphere gets underway this Saturday, December 10th with the 11th Annual Santa Pub Crawl originating on the slopes of Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe. This truly one-of-a-kind event rewards guests dressed as Santa with a $39 lift ticket. Typically 3,000 patrons dressed as Santa then take over the bars, pubs and restaurants of Reno climaxing with a midnight rendition of Christmas carols sung beneath the trademark downtown arch. Discount lodging packages are available at resort casino properties in Reno. Log on to www.mtrose.com for further information.
For those still looking to cross a few gifts off their holiday lists, Noel Nights at Northstar California takes place on the first three Thursdays in December providing the perfect opportunity to finish holiday shopping while enjoying ice skating, s'mores over rink-side fire pits, complimentary sleigh rides, holiday carolers and the opportunity to pen letters and take photos with Santa. These festivities are broadened to a daily basis beginning December 17th through Christmas Eve with the addition of live music and visits by Santa. The festivities culminate with the resort's annual Fire and Ice New Year's Eve party on December 31st. Visit www.NorthstarCalifornia.com for details.
Squaw Valley plans to celebrate the holidays with two solid weeks of festive events geared towards the entire family including moonlit snowshoe tours, torchlight parades, Santa sightings on the slopes and a scavenger hunt for stuffed stockings around the resort. The fun gets underway beginning December 17th and climaxes with multiple New Year's Eve parties with options for the entire family to enjoy. For complete details, please visit www.squaw.com.
Heavenly Mountain Resort has put together 13 days of family-focused holiday events certain to make this a December to remember including professional ice skating shows, ice sculptors, a four-day concert series and a 16-foot snow globe where kids can have their photo taken with Santa. The fun starts December 19th and culminates December 31st with A Heavenly New Year's Celebration showcasing live music, extreme ice sculpting, a Gondola ball drop and a fireworks show. Details can be found at www.skiheavenly.com.
Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort plans to celebrate the holiday season with the opening of its expanded Blizzard Mountain tubing and snow play area. This winter guests can hitch a ride aboard the new Blizzard Mountain snowcat to catch a glimpse of Ralston the Bear, partake in snowman building competitions and decorate the Blizzard Mountain Christmas tree. Visit www.sierraattahoe.com for complete details.
Families spending the yuletide season at Alpine Meadows can join Santa on the slopes December 23rd and 24th and should plan to stop by the Alpine Bar to celebrate the holidays with live music, good company and a festive atmosphere. Peter Joseph Burtt will be taking the stage for the Pre-New Year's Eve Cocktail party during which skiers and snowboarders can bid 2011 a final farewell and share their resolutions to ride more powder in the upcoming year. Check out www.skialpine.com for more.
It can sometimes be tricky spotting Santa on the slopes of Kirkwood Mountain Resort as he may be in the midst of an overhead powder turn; however, guests can sign up for snowcat tours on December 24th and 25th that include egg nog, hot cocoa, gingerbread snacks and a photo with Santa. The resort also plans to continue its longstanding torchlight parade and fireworks display on New Year's Eve with champagne-filled snowcat tours and reserved dinner seatings at the Wall Bar. Log on to www.kirkwood.com for the entire lowdown.
For complete details on booking a holiday 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.
About Ski Lake Tahoe
Surrounding North America's largest alpine lake, the seven resorts that make up Ski Lake Tahoe are Alpine Meadows, Heavenly, Kirkwood, Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe, Northstar California, 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.