Storm Snowfall Totals Top Eight Feet, Create Mid-Winter Conditions for Lake Tahoe Ski Resort Openings

Snowiest November in Over a Decade Opens Slopes at All Ski Lake Tahoe Resorts for Thanksgiving Weekend

Lake Tahoe, CA & NV (Nov. 24, 2010) – Skiers and snowboarders headed to Lake Tahoe for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend will be rewarded with mid-winter conditions including top-to-bottom open slopes and deep powder at all seven world-class Ski Lake Tahoe resorts. Over eight feet of new snow from a series of cold, powerful winter storms blanketed the region during opening weekend with localized storm totals topping the ten foot mark during the last six days. Seasonal snowfall totals in Lake Tahoe have already reached triple digits and resorts now lay claim to some of the deepest base depths in the country.

The long range seasonal forecast predicts above average snowfall to continue in the Northern Sierra Nevada, making Lake Tahoe the ideal playground for winter travelers booking a ski vacation during the month of December. The 2010-11 winter season could be one of the best in recent memory, following a blockbuster season where visitation to Lake Tahoe was up nearly 20 percent and seasonal snowfall reached nearly 150 percent above average at close to 600 inches. In Lake Tahoe, colossal winter storms regularly bring snowfall in doses that are typically measured in feet rather than inches.

Travelers headed to Lake Tahoe can choose from an endless variety of vacation itineraries thanks to the region boasting more resorts in close proximity than any other winter destination in North America and countless options for fun. Novice skiers and snowboarders can take advantage of the upcoming Learn-to-Ski Weekend offering a lift ticket, group lesson and rental package for only $25 during the weekend of December 11-12th. Similar learn to ski and ride packages will be available for the remainder of the season starting as low as $35. The seven Ski Lake Tahoe resorts will debut a number of new improvements this season geared towards enhancing the overall experience for families and first-timers including conveyor-style lifts, beginner terrain, streamlined rental processes, renovated base areas, new on-mountain lodges and cutting-edge chairlift safety systems for children.

Lake Tahoe continues to boast the most affordable stay-and-ski packages in the entire country with rates starting as low as $65 per person for lift tickets and lodging at resort casino properties. Discount air carriers continue to offer nationwide sales on airfare into Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RTIA) and Southwest Airlines “Bags Fly Free” policy continues to resonate will with skiers and snowboarders. Located less than an hour from the slopes, RTIA was recently named the number one airport in the nation in terms of added flights thanks to the addition of 17 new flights this year.

Destination travelers looking to follow the storms through real-time snow reports or plan a ski vacation this winter can log on to the recently redesigned SkiLakeTahoe.com website to find unbeatable deals and discount packages from all seven resorts and lake-wide lodging partners. Visit www.skilaketahoe.com for further details.

About Ski Lake Tahoe
Surrounding North America’s largest alpine lake, the seven resorts that make up Ski Lake Tahoe are Alpine Meadows, Heavenly Mountain Resort, Kirkwood Mountain Resort, 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 totals 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.