It already seems like the middle of winter with the kind of storm systems that arrive after Christmas. Well, it’s before thanksgiving and resorts are reaching the 100 inch mark already. This past week, storm snowfall totals top Eight feet, creating mid-winter conditions for Lake Tahoe ski resort openings. It is quite simply the snowiest november in over a decade.
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.
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