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Up to Six Feet of Fresh Snow Expected by the Weekend

Massive Snowfall Totals Ensure Best Conditions of the Season, Set the Stage for Upcoming Spring Events and Festivals

Lake Tahoe, CA/NV (March 13, 2012) – Fresh powder is falling at Lake Tahoe area ski resorts, a scenario that will be the region’s norm for the next two weeks thanks to several back-to-back winter storm systems that will create bottomless powder turns and fantastic, lasting spring skiing conditions. Optimistic weather models from winter forecasters are predicting the higher elevations at Lake Tahoe resorts will be covered by up to 100 inches of new snow by the week’s end with a possible repeat the following week meaning the month of March could be one for the record books. The snowfall is a welcomed addition to complement the list of popular spring festivals, events and unbeatable deals at the seven Ski Lake Tahoe resorts.

Powerful spring storms that create a perfect blend of powder followed by sunny, spring days are commonplace in Lake Tahoe, and the month of March has already brought about the best skiing and snowboarding conditions of the season. This trend looks to continue for the remainder of the month with the recently increased snowpack levels at the resorts ensuring fantastic spring skiing well into April. Last season’s surplus snowpack resulted in lifts turning as late as Fourth of July Weekend.

Spring in Lake Tahoe is synonymous with sunny skies, comfortable temperatures, reliable snow conditions and a laid back California vibe. The seven world-class Ski Lake Tahoe resorts offer an unparalleled variety of attractions unique to Lake Tahoe including slope-side swimming pools, snow beaches and volleyball courts, outdoor bars with stunning lake-views and plenty of spring festivals. The party atmosphere extends from the slopes to the region’s 24/7 nightclubs and casino properties showcasing Vegas-style entertainment and renowned musical acts this spring such as Sublime with Rome, Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Yo-Yo Ma, Galactic, Karl Denson, George Clinton & Parliament, Collie Buddz and Willie Nelson.

The spring ski vacation deals in Lake Tahoe are unbeatable. Savvy skiers and snowboarders are taking advantage of lodging packages and lift ticket deals to enjoy these incredible conditions at affordable spring prices. Stay-and-ski packages begin at $60 per person for lift tickets and lodging with options available to fit every budget ranging from modest hotel accommodations to luxurious lakefront suites.

The sun deck at Alpine Meadows will host the resort’s Spring Music Series consisting of four consecutive weekends beginning Saturday, March 24 filled with live music from the likes of the Tim Snider Sound Society, Afrolicious, Mojo Green and the Nibblers. The resort’s Retro Ski Day is slated for Saturday, April 14 with plenty of neon colors and tight-fitting outfits radiating a springtime vibe. Guests can lock in four unrestricted days of skiing and riding at both Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley by purchasing a Tahoe Super 4 pack for just $289 for adults or $119 for kids ages 5-12. Visit www.skialpine.com for details.

Heavenly Mountain Resort will again host Winter Snow Blast Weekends this season on March 17-18 and April 14-15 with plenty of giveaways, drink specials, DJs and live concerts from the likes of Pop Fiction, Drive By Truckers, Blue Dog Trio and Little Feat. The resort is also gearing up for its annual SpringLoaded event March 30 through April 15 including two solid weeks of parties, pond skimming, live music, rail jams and the annual Gunbarrel 25. The Heavenly Angels will be making special appearances at all the resort’s spring party scenes including a fashion show and calendar shoot March 30-April 1 showcasing the newest members selected via a nationwide search held by Freeskier Magazine. Stay two nights and ski two days for the price of one at Heavenly starting at just $60 per person. Log on to www.skiheavenly.com for further information.

Kirkwood Mountain Resort will serve as a perfect backdrop for two new festivals slated to take place at the resort this spring. The Freeride Flow Festival is slated for March 16-18 bringing together everyone from novice winter recreationalists to professional athletes for three action-packed days of backcountry clinics, live music and yoga. The following Saturday March 24, The High Up Fest will showcase the musical talents of Iration, Collie Buddz, Zion I, the Movement and Kelley James for an all-star line-up of reggae superstars and up-and-coming hip-hop artists. Stay and ski packages start as low as $88 per person for lift tickets and lodging. For more information, visit www.kirkwood.com.

Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe offers a number of weekly online specials including Two ‘fer Tuesdays and Family Packs of four lift tickets for $138 that consist of two adult lift tickets and two 17 and under lift tickets. Truly a local’s favorite, the annual Sunset Ski and Wine Party will take place on March 31 during which the resort’s main chairlifts will be operating until 7:30pm with a Snow Bar on the upper mountain offering drink specials and stunning views of Lake Tahoe. Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe has partnered with a number of Reno casino properties to offer stay and ski packages starting as low as $79 for lift tickets and lodging. Further details can be found at www.mtrose.com.

Northstar California Resort is the perfect place for families to spend their spring break. The resort has a fun-filled lineup of kid-friendly activities planned for Easter Weekend including an Easter egg hunt throughout the Village at Northstar, photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny and even a guided mountain tour led by the Easter Bunny himself. Northstar’s annual Spring It On! Celebration is scheduled for Sunday, April 15 capping off another action-packed winter season with pond skimming contests, live music and an EpicMix-themed après party. Northstar is now offering 30 percent off lodging through the end of the season. Visit www.NorthstarCalifornia.com for more information.

Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort welcomes the ninth annual Telegrass Festival to its slopes April 7 combining telemark clinics, bluegrass music and plenty of handcrafted beer from local breweries. The resort also welcomes an influx of spring breakers each season during its College Weeks, March 19-23 and March 26-30, during which students are eligible for a $56 full day lift ticket upon presentation of a valid college identification card. The resort has teamed up with Montbleu Resort Casino and Spa to offer stay and ski packages starting as low as $81. Log on to www.sierraattahoe.com for the entire lowdown.

Squaw Valley’s inaugural Snow Bash will take place March 16-18 extending St. Patty’s Day into a three day celebration filled with Lenny the Leprechaun sightings, pig roasts and performances by U2 tribute band L.A. Vation. The High Camp Hot Tub Opening Party on March 17 signals the official start of the spring season at Squaw followed by the full-blown Spring Party Weekend March 31. The Cushing Crossing pond-skimming contest is a perennial crowd favorite slated to take place April 15, conditions permitting. The resort is offering a Winter Weekday Special with stay-and-ski packages starting as low as $77 per person for lift tickets and lodging in the heart of The Village at Squaw Valley. Log on to www.squaw.com for complete details.

Recently named one of the top three airports in the nation by SKI Magazine, the Reno-Tahoe International Airport offers nonstop service from 72 destinations along with one-stop service from nearly everywhere in the world. Discount air carriers are currently offering one way fares for as low as $69 and the “Bags Fly Free” policy of the dominant provider Southwest Airlines continues to resonate well with value-minded skiers and snowboarders.

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.

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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