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Ski Slopes Blanketed by a Foot of Fresh Snow, More Storms on the Horizon as Lake Tahoe Resorts Ready for Opening Day

Unbeatable Early Season Deals, Most Affordable Stay-and-Ski Packages in the Country Await Skiers and Snowboarders
 
Lake Tahoe, CA/NV (November 8, 2011) – Right on schedule, a recent Arctic cold front brought wintery weather and close to a foot of fresh snow to the slopes of Lake Tahoe last weekend as anxious skiers and snowboarders gear up for opening day. With another round of winter storms on track to deliver more snow for the Northern Sierra, another memorable winter looks promising as long range forecasters are calling for a return of the same powerful La Niña weather pattern that resulted in over double the average annual snowfall for the region last season.
 
Taking advantage of the recent cold temperatures, Lake Tahoe resorts have also begun supplemental snowmaking efforts to ensure early season coverage. Home to the largest snowmaking systems on the West Coast, Lake Tahoe is renowned for its reliable early season conditions with top-to-bottom skiing and snowboarding a regular part of the local Thanksgiving tradition.
 
Destination guests headed to Lake Tahoe during November and December can take advantage of unbeatable early season deals including the most affordable stay-and-ski packages in the country starting as low as $49 per night for lift ticket and lodging. Newcomers to the sport can get a jump on the season by signing up for learn-to-ski/ride offers on both shores of the lake that include lift ticket, rentals and lesson for as low as $30 per person.
 
With most resorts opening for the season in mid-November, the seven Ski Lake Tahoe resorts have announced more than $100 million in capital improvements designed to enhance the guest experience over the next few seasons and bolster the region’s ranking as a top winter destination well into the future. This positive growth trend has also been reflected in the Reno-Tahoe International Airport recently being named the number one airport in the nation in terms of new flights including new nonstop service from Minneapolis-St. Paul and Houston this season along with additional flights from Los Angeles, Phoenix and Denver.
 
The following is a breakdown of scheduled opening dates and early season deals and packages at all seven 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 online discounts on both lift tickets and lodging.
 
Heavenly Mountain Resort plans to open for the season on Friday, November 18th thanks in part to its state-of-the-art snowmaking system capable of covering 73% if its trails with machine made snow. To celebrate opening week, the resort is extending an early season deal on three nights lodging and two days skiing or riding at Heavenly starting as low as $255 per person. Opening week festivities include a screening of Warren Miller’s new film “Like There’s No Tomorrow” and concerts by world renowned recording artists Bush and Jonny Lang. Visit www.skiheavenly.com for more info.
 
Northstar California has begun snowmaking on a number of its runs including Cat’s Face where a new Shaun White signature 22-foot halfpipe will be custom built this season. The resort is slated to open for skiing and snowboarding on Friday, November 18th and guests are invited to experience the more than $30 million in offseason capital improvements by booking stay-and-ski free packages starting as low as $105 per person. Log on to www.NorthstarCalifornia.com for further details.
 
Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe is aiming for an opening date of Wednesday, November 23rd and offseason improvements to its top-to-bottom snowmaking system will improve early season access to the Slide Bowl portion of the resort. The resort has partnered with a number of Reno casino resort properties such as the Grand Sierra Resort to offer unbeatable early season stay-and-ski packages starting as low as $49 per person. Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe’s Happy Landings program rewards guests who ski the same day they fly in with a second day free. Check out www.mtrose.com for further information.
 
Squaw Valley is slated to open Wednesday, November 23rd and guests headed to the slopes will be welcomed by the first phase of more than $50 million in capital improvements ushering in a return to the resort’s storied past. Guests hoping to be a part of this modern day renaissance can book a two night stay in a one bedroom condominium suite at The Village at Squaw Valley for only $368 valid opening day through December 15, 2011. Also, guests who present an airline boarding pass on the same day as their arrival can ski or ride that afternoon for free. Please visit www.squaw.com for more details.
 
Kirkwood Mountain Resort has extended its stay-and-ski free packages to weekends this season from opening day through December 18th starting as low as $79 per person. The resort is targeting an opening day of Thursday, November 24th subject to conditions at which time guests can look forward to the unveiling of the new Expedition: Kirkwood Headquarters complete with classrooms, high-end retail storefront, demo center and morning meeting location for guided snowcat trips. The resort has collaborated with K2 to create a limited number of custom “Sidestash” skis available now for purchase online. Visit www.kirkwood.com for further details.
 
Alpine Meadows has joined forces with its neighbor Squaw Valley to offer more than 6,000 acres of skiing and riding accessed via a single lift ticket or season pass and interconnecting shuttle. First-timers to the sport can take advantage of the Learn More on the North Shore weekend tentatively scheduled for December 10th and 11th during which guests can sign up for a learn to ski or snowboard package complete with lift ticket, lesson and rentals for only $30. The resort plans to open December 10th, conditions permitting. Stay updated at www.skialpine.com.
 
Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort is partnering with the Montbleu Resort Casino and Spa to offer three nights lodging and three days of skiing or riding for just $300 per person valid on Sunday through Thursday stays. Packages must be booked by December 15, 2011 for stays between November 27th through March 29th (blackout dates apply, limited availability). The resort is scheduled to open as soon as conditions permit and guests can once again learn to ski/ride for only $35 per person including lift ticket, lesson and rentals. Visit www.sierraattahoe.com for the complete lowdown.
 
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.

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