NORTH LAKE TAHOE, California/Nevada November 22, 2010 – A powerful storm rolled into Lake Tahoe on Friday leaving 6.5 feet of new snow at the ski resorts' upper elevations by Monday morning. An additional 2 feet of new snow is expected to fall by Tuesday night, with skies clearing Wednesday for a sunny and spectacular holiday weekend.
"This was the perfect storm," said Tourism Director Andy Chapman of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association. "It came in fast, dropped a ton of snow, setting us up with superior snow conditions and skiing for the holiday weekend. Skiing and boarding at Thanksgiving is what Lake Tahoe is all about."
Many North Lake Tahoe ski resorts have opened, including Boreal Mountain Resort, Mt. Rose – Ski Tahoe, Northstar-at-Tahoe and Squaw Valley USA. Others are opening in time for the holiday weekend: Sugar Bowl Ski Resort on Wednesday, November 24, Soda Springs and Tahoe Donner Cross Country on Thanksgiving, November 25 and Alpine Meadows Ski Resort on Friday, November 26.
Tahoe Cross Country in Tahoe City had one of its earliest openings ever and has 22 out of 65 groomed kilometers available. The U.S.'s largest cross country resort, Royal Gorge, is scheduled to open their doors Friday, November 26 through Sunday, November 28. Non-skiers aren't left out as Granlibakken Lodge's famed sledding hill is also now open for business, with the ski hill opening December 17.
Diamond Peak is scheduled to open on December 16, Homewood Mountain Resort on December 17 and Tahoe Donner Downhill on December 10. Spooner Lake Cross Country is to be announced.
But not everyone can gracefully schuss down black diamond slopes and North Lake Tahoe ski resorts are giving novice skiers and snowboarders the opportunity to learn at bargain prices. The 11th Annual Learn to Ski and Board Weekend, scheduled for December 11-12, costs $25 and includes an all-day beginner lift ticket, group lesson and gear rental. Reservations are not required, but participants should arrive early. Lesson packages can be purchased at each individual resort the day of lessons. Students should contact resorts directly for resort-specific information.
Don't book before you click. A clearinghouse of the region's best deals on skiing, lodging and activities is available at www.GoTahoeNorth.com, hit Cool Deals to start saving. The website is also home to Learn to Ski details, ski conditions and videos.
North Lake Tahoe is a 45-minute drive from the Reno Tahoe International Airport, two hours from Sacramento International Airport and just over three hours from San Francisco International Airport. For lodging reservations, recreation and event details, call North Lake Tahoe at 1-877-949-3296 or visit www.GoTahoeNorth.com. Visitor information centers are located at 380 North Lake Boulevard in Tahoe City and 969 Tahoe Boulevard in Incline Village. The North Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureaus, Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitors Bureau and the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, work together to promote North Lake Tahoe as a premier, year-round destination.
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