Currently reporting the biggest snowfall totals in the last quarter century, the seven Ski Lake Tahoe resorts are poised for a phenomenal spring season thanks to incredible snow conditions, the most affordable vacation packages in the country and countless ways to have fun for both the college student and destination traveler. With more than 40 feet of snow blanketing the slopes during this record-shattering snow season, the first few weeks of March have already produced multiple winter storm systems measured in feet rather than inches. The forecast for the upcoming months centers upon a productive weather pattern of snowstorms followed by predictably sunny skies that looks to further extend these legendary Sierra spring skiing conditions.
Springtime in Lake Tahoe is synonymous with non-stop action both on and off the slopes thanks to a countless array of spring break-oriented events and world-class competitions at all seven Ski Lake Tahoe resorts. The casino properties on both shores of the lake attract big name entertainment and host world-renown DJ’s within their swanky nightclub settings while the tequila sunrises never set on the green felt of the Vegas-style gaming tables and slot machine banks.
This is the time of year when the resorts of Lake Tahoe quite literally sparkle thanks to the region averaging more than 300 days of annual sunshine. While one-piece Boegners might be the fashion in other winter destinations, the two-piece bikini is a regular sighting on the slopes surrounding Lake Tahoe with makeshift snow beaches, snow volleyball courts, ice bars and pond skimming all remaining mainstays within the California spring skiing scene.
In addition to stellar snow conditions, skiers and snowboarders headed to Lake Tahoe during the upcoming months can take advantage of unbeatable deals on daily lift tickets as well as stay-and-ski packages starting as low as $49 per person. Destination guests also benefit from the current competitive landscape between discount air carriers offering service into the Reno-Tahoe International Airport with Southwest Vacations offering an additional $50 savings on hotel and flight packages booked for travel beginning March 20th and the airline’s “Bags Fly Free” policy continues to resonate well with skiers and snowboarders.
Known for its welcoming vibe and long season, Alpine Meadows prides itself on its terrain management during the spring which includes the masterful art of “farming corn.” The resort has put together an impressive combination of high energy events and deep discounts for its upcoming College Week slated for March 14th through March 20th. College students can take advantage of $39 lift tickets as well as nightly lodging rates as low as $35 thanks to the resort’s partnership with Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge. Costumes, themed parties, DJ’s, rail jams and plenty of other frivolous contests and giveaways will lead up to the third annual Take the Lake Triple Air Open slated for March 18-20. Visit www.skialpine.com for more details.
Heavenly Mountain Resort is rolling out the corduroy carpet for families and spring breakers looking for endless groomers and breath-taking lake views. The resort has teamed up with Harrah’s and Harvey’s resort casinos to host an ongoing series of Tahoe South Winter Snow Blast Weekends to showcase on-mountain events and top-notch entertainment throughout the months of March and April including musical acts such as Kenny Wayne Shepherd and G Love and Special Sauce. On the mountain, spring revelers can take in a number of cutting-edge competitions culminating in SpringLoaded 2011 which features the annual Gunbarrel 25 hosted by Glen Plake on April 9th challenging participants to complete 25 laps down the resort’s daunting mogul-ridden face. Guests can Ski, Stay and Eat and Free throughout the rest of the season on stays of more than three nights. Visit www.skiheavenly.com for further information.
Boasting one of the deepest base depths in the entire country, Kirkwood Mountain Resort is known for its “experts only” approach to the spring skiing party scene. Skiers and snowboarders can take advantage of stay-and-ski packages starting as low as $79 per person or extend their stay through March 31st with a third night free on Friday/Saturday stays. The resort’s springtime event lineup includes SpringFest 2011 March 26-27 complete with $49 lift tickets, on-mountain DJ’s and late-night after parties along with the long-running Kirkwood Jammin’ on April 9th with crowd-pleasing pond skimming competitions, live music and plenty of giveaways. Log on to www.kirkwood.com for more information.
Guests can make turns right off the tarmac at Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe located less than 25 minutes from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. In fact, guests who ski/ride the same day they land get a second day’s lift ticket free through the resort’s Happy Landings lift ticket offer. Boasting Lake Tahoe’s highest base elevation, the resort regularly holds chalky, winter snow well into spring on the steep, north-facing terrain of The Chutes, site of the upcoming Vertical Drop Comp slated for March 18th. The resort plans to fully embrace the spring party scene during its annual Spring Bash and Pond Skim on the calendar for April 2nd with music, contests, giveaways and more. On the lodging side of things, destination travelers can take advantage of the most affordable ski-and-stay packages in the entire country with rates starting as low as $49 per person for lift ticket, lodging and food voucher at Reno casino resort properties. Visit www.mtrose.com for more details.
Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort’s springtime lineup offers an endless variety of family-focused activities both on and off the slopes including a number of premier slopestyle events designed to showcase the resort’s world-class terrain park and halfpipe venues. The Red Bull Butter Cup is scheduled for March 26th featuring a jam session format to keep the action flowing as both pros and amateurs compete for cash and prizes. The resort welcomes its annual Spring It On festivities to the slopes on April 2nd including live music, pond skimming, 80′s retro dress and an infinity box contest. Spring breakers can take advantage of $61 lift tickets during designated College Weeks scheduled for March 14-18 and March 21-25 along with Stay and Ski FREE packages starting at just $115 per person beginning April 3rd. Quad Pak lift tickets are available for use any day all season for less than $70 per ticket, basically four lift tickets for the price of three. Log on to www.northstarattahoe.com for further information.
Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort has partnered up with the Montbleu Resort Casino to offer the Spring Fiesta Package starting as low as $156 for deluxe lodging, lift ticket, lunch voucher and free admission to either Blu or Opal, Montbleu’s cutting edge nightclubs. The Spring Fiesta at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort runs from March 1st through April 15th and includes an impressive lineup of events and competitions during which guests can work on their goggle tan such as Snowboarder Magazine’s One Hit Wonder on March 12th, the Buckle Up Slopestyle Jam on March 19th, the Red Bull Butter Cup on April 2nd and the Billabong Flaunt It on April 9th. Freeheelers should also mark their calendar for the annual Telegrass Festival slated for March 26-27 combining clinics and competitions with live bluegrass music and après brews. Visit www.sierraattahoe.com for the entire lowdown.
Few resorts can rival the legendary spring skiing scene found at Squaw Valley USA typically lasting well into the month of May. Guests can alternate between laps on the mountain and laps in the pool given the resort’s High Camp Pool and Lagoon located mid-mountain atop the resort’s picturesque Cable Car. Lively music, snow volleyball and poolside drink service via the Umbrella Bar are all daily affairs at the resort. Party-goers should mark their calendars for the “Kiss My Tiara” Pool Party hosted by Julia Mancuso as the resort celebrates her two silver medals at last year’s Winter Olympics. For the month of March, guests can save $75 and stay at the Village at Squaw Valley starting at just $209 per night. Check out www.squaw.com for more great spring deals and activities.