Lake Tahoe ski resorts have crunched their numbers for the 2009-10 season, and found a 17 percent increase in visits this past season.
According to Friday’s announcement from Ski Lake Tahoe – a group composed of resorts Alpine Meadows, Heavenly, Kirkwood, Mt. Rose, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Sierra-at-Tahoe and Squaw Valley USA – the 2009-10 winter was the second busiest season ever for Tahoe, and more than four times the national average recorded by the National Ski Area Association (NSAA).
The resorts cited the increases to the copious amounts of snow of snow that fell (more than 600 inches in some cases) which also allowed some of the areas to operate starting around Halloween and running through the Fourth of July.
“The combination of reliable snow conditions coupled with unbeatable vacation deals and a totally unique, memorable winter experience has become the trademark of the Ski Lake Tahoe resorts,” said John Wagnon, president of Ski Lake Tahoe.
The expansion of flights to the Reno-Tahoe International Airport’ also helped bring in larger crowds, according to Ski Lake Tahoe.