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Unbeatable Spring Vacation Values for Families

Tahoe's Legendary Spring Skiing, Party Scene Continues into May


Lake Tahoe, CA & NV (Mar. 17, 2010) - The seven Ski Lake Tahoe resorts have long set the industry standard for the best spring skiing and snowboarding experience in North America thanks to Lake Tahoe's perfect combination of snow, sun, fun and surprisingly affordable vacation packages. Given the region's propensity for reliable spring snowfall, predictably sunny skies, comfortable temperatures, entertainment options and legendary spring party scene, Lake Tahoe sets itself apart as the ultimate spring destination for winter enthusiasts. With an array of spring vacation packages available starting as low as $59 per night, families and cost-conscious travelers can stay within their budgets while still enjoying a unique, quality experience.
This season Lake Tahoe has outpaced the rest of the nation in terms of snowfall-to-date with more than 400 inches already having fallen on the slopes with close to a third of the season still remaining. Currently reporting the deepest base depths in the country, Lake Tahoe resorts offer incredible skiing and snowboarding conditions long after other winter destinations have stopped turning their lifts for the season, with operations planned to continue well into May 2010.
"Although the calendar may say spring is on the horizon, winter is still alive and well in Lake Tahoe," said John Wagnon, President of Ski Lake Tahoe. "This season's string of powerful winter storms has left the region with fantastic spring skiing and snowboarding conditions and our unbeatable spring vacation packages make Lake Tahoe the clear choice for a spring getaway."
The Nation's Biggest Spring Skiing Party Scene
Lake Tahoe's spring skiing and party scene is world renowned. Once the lifts stop turning, the action truly begins at Lake Tahoe's casinos, nightclubs and music venues surrounding the resorts in the lake area. For those looking to spend a day off the slopes, the award-winning restaurants, shopping, luxury spas, art galleries and family entertainment options available in contemporary resort villages offer a variety of options within walking distance.
In addition to skiing and snowboarding, the Lake Tahoe area offers an entire spectrum of unique winter activities including tubing, ice skating, snowshoeing, snowcat tours and historic paddle wheel boat cruises that offer sunset après ski parties on the lake. As for live music and entertainment, Sammy Hagar, Eric Burdon and the Animals, Pennywise, Hall and Oates, Indigo Girls, the Dan Band and Mystic Roots are all scheduled to appear in the Lake Tahoe area during March.
With more resorts in close proximity than any other domestic winter destination, perhaps the only offering that can rival the diversity of the region's ski slopes is the endless variety of shopping, dining, casinos and 24/7 nightlife available around the lake. Springtime in Lake Tahoe brings with it an impressive schedule of competitions, blowout parties and unique events for revelers headed to the region. Consider these options at the seven Ski Lake Tahoe resorts lodging partners and surrounding hotels and resorts:
Alpine Meadows offers a number of prearranged stay and ski packages including round-trip shuttle service from lodging partners in North Lake Tahoe and Reno starting at $85 per person. The resort recently announced its $99 Spring Ticket which will allow guests to ski and snowboard from Sunday, April 4th until the end of the 2009-10 season. College students on a shoestring budget can enjoy free live music every Saturday as part of the resort's Spring Concert Series. Additional spring events include the Disabled Sports Ability Celebration March 16th-21st, the Ice Bar Spring Beach Bash April 11th and the cult-classic Mad Cow Downhill May 16th. Get the entire lowdown at www.skialpine.com.
Kids ski free at Heavenly Mountain Resort when parents purchase a minimum two night stay and one day of skiing or snowboarding. The return of spring also means the return of the ever-popular "BOGO Package" which allows guests to "buy one" night of lodging and lift tickets for as low as $59 per person and "get one" additional night of lodging and lift tickets for $59 per person (minimum two night stay). Visit www.skiheavenly.com for these and other great vacation specials. The spring break revelry will reach its climax on the slopes of Heavenly Mountain Resort during the annual Pond Skimming Championships of Lake Tahoe slated for March 28th and the annual "Gunbarrel 25" mogul marathon competition is scheduled for April 3rd with celebrity skier Glen Plake cheering on competitors as they subject themselves to 25 grueling laps down the resort's signature Gunbarrel face.
Spring is packed with action at Kirkwood Mountain Resort with stay and ski packages starting as low as $89 per person Sunday through Thursday while guests staying two nights get the third night free on stays through March 25th. Families can purchase kid's lift tickets for only $9 each and every day at Kirkwood, and kids ski free on Sundays with a paid adult lift ticket. College students can ski or ride for only $39 on Sundays with advanced online lift ticket purchase and proof of enrollment upon arrival. Spring break takes on the form of Kirkwood Jammin' XVII on the slopes of Kirkwood Mountain Resort from April 2nd through April 4th with pond skimming, fun competitions, live music and more. For more details, log onto www.kirkwood.com or contact Kirkwood Vacations at 800-967-7500 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              800-967-7500      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
Make turns right off the tarmac at Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe, Lake Tahoe's highest base elevation resort at over 8,200 feet. The resort has partnered with a number of casino properties in Reno to offer Ski & Stay packages starting as low as $69 per person, based on double occupancy with roundtrip shuttle service available to the slopes. Families can take advantage of the "Runs N' Roses" package consisting of two adult lift tickets and two child lift tickets for only $130. For those looking to get into the sports of skiing or snowboarding, Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe has announced a new Beginner Spring Pass for only $164 valid March 1st through the end of the 2009-10 season including weekend group lessons, rental equipment and beginner lift access (all mountain lift access after April 1st). Guests can also ski or ride the remainder of the spring season with the purchase of a 2010-11 season pass. Check out the details at www.mtrose.com.
Boasting one of the liveliest villages around the lake, guests can take advantage of Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort's "Stay and Ski Free" lodging packages and stay near all the action for only $108 per person, per night based on double occupancy. These packages include two complimentary lift tickets per room with Fast Pass priority lift line upgrades. The package price is valid Sunday through Thursday until April 1st and daily from April 1st through the end of the 2009-2010 winter season. College students can take advantage of $59 lift tickets during designated Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort college weeks March 22nd-26th, March 29th-April 2nd and April 5th-9th, 2010. Log on to www.northstarattahoe.com for more information.
Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort is busy manicuring its terrain parks and superpipe in preparation for the resort's 2009-10 Spring Fiesta. Guests looking to join in the festivities can take advantage of a package deal with MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa that includes one night lodging, two adult lift tickets, two lunch vouchers, a 15% discount at Sierra Mountain Sports and two free admissions to Blu or Opal nightclubs inside MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa. The rates are based on double occupancy and start at just $152 per room per night. College students are eligible for $54 lift tickets during designated college weeks March 22nd-26th, March 29th-April 2nd and April 5th-9th, 2010 and can save even more during College Co-Ed Shred Day March 21st with specially priced $40 lift tickets, live music and a BoarderX contest. The 7th Annual Telegrass Festival is scheduled for April 3rd and 4th with two days of clinics, equipment demos, fun races and live bluegrass music. For more information, log on to www.sierraattahoe.com.
Few other spring skiing destinations can compare to the "High Camp" experience at Squaw Valley USA, complete with swimming pool, lagoon, umbrella bars and stunning scenic views of Lake Tahoe. The spring season at Squaw Valley USA is highlighted by the 21st Annual Lake Cushing Classic, proudly known as the world's biggest pond skimming contest. The resort offers its own economic stimulus package with lift ticket value programs designed so that weekenders, vacationers, locals, beginners, college students, military personnel and families can all ski or ride at Squaw for a discounted rate. This includes "Furlough Fridays" offering $49 lift tickets to recently furloughed California state workers. Save 25% on stays of four nights or more at the Squaw Valley Lodge and guests staying at the Village at Squaw Valley can get a fourth night free when they book a three night stay. For more details on these and other deals, visit www.squawvalleyusa.com.
In addition to the incredible deals available at the Ski Lake Tahoe resorts, several surrounding lodging properties and casino resorts are offering savings on rooms and ski/stay packages throughout the spring season. Family stay and ski packages at Granlibakken Resort start as low as $109 and include free skiing and sledding at the resort, lift tickets to select Lake Tahoe resorts and buffet breakfast. The Resort at Squaw Creek is offering packages starting at $129 per person, per night for two night stays at the premier property including all day access to Squaw Valley's High Camp. The 968 Park Hotel and Spa is offering spring rates as low as $79 per night as well as savings of up to 25% off of midweek stay and ski packages. The Mont Bleu Resort Casino and Spaallows guests to bundle deluxe lodging and two lift tickets to select Lake Tahoe ski resorts starting at $110.00 per person, per night. Both Harrah's Casino and Harvey's Casino offer lodging packages that include deluxe rooms, dining credits, two-for-one tickets to shows at the Improv and discounts on lift tickets to select Lake Tahoe ski resorts all for under $75. The Hyatt Regency, Lake Tahoe is offering a "Three For Free" package, book two nights and receive the third night free.
Easy Access and Affordable Transportation
The Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RTIA) services destination travelers to the Lake Tahoe area and is located just half an hour away from the closest ski lifts. The airport provides 170 daily flights with non-stop service to 19 destinations and was named the fifth most efficient airport in North America by the Air Transport Research Society (ATRS) in 2008. Southwest Airlines provides the majority of air service into RTIA, setting the benchmark for affordable air travel that competing airlines try to match. A multitude of regular shuttle services and transportation options make it easy and very affordable to get around the lake region and in various communities around Lake Tahoe.
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-at-Tahoe Resort, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort and Squaw Valley USA. 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.

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