Travelocity garden gnome heads to Utah for some shredding

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 5, 2010 10:15 am

The results are in from the Tavelocity Garden Gnome ski contest, and Utah beat Lake Tahoe by just .02%!!

Don’t know what I’m talking about? Click here to read about the contest. This week, votes closed in the Travelocity “Cabin Fever: Finding a Cure” contest. Fans voted online for where to send the cute little British-accent wielding garden gnome of Travelocity fame. Utah literally won by a hair, winning by 64 votes of the 285,482 cast.

The gnome is now in Utah posing for pictures with people and taking advantage of the weather to get in some solid skiing, ice skating, snowmobiling, and snow tubing. This morning, he’s in Park City.

Ski Utah tweeted on Wednesday: “We Won! Way to go Utah fans! Tahoe folks, you’re welcome to come Ski Utah anytime! Gnome, we’ll see you on the slopes!”

Lake Tahoe officials graciously bowed their heads in defeat: “The competition did what it was designed to do for Travelocity while engaging the regional tourism industry, locals and our visitors in a friendly competition,” Bill Hoffman, executive director of the Incline Village/Crystal Bay Visitors Bureau and chair of the Reno-Tahoe Regional Marketing Committee said. “Frankly, we hope the Roaming Gnome knows that he always has a place in Tahoe as do the skiers and riders that call Utah, or for that matter any ski area, home. The added attention Tahoe received through this promotion is something we can’t measure, however it did give us an opportunity to share why Tahoe is a great place for ski and ride and what we have to offer year round,” he added. “Additionally it showed that as a region we take our destination marketing seriously.”