Wave after wave of powerful winter storms, each delivering several feet of fresh snow, have enabled Western ski resorts to enjoy one of the strongest starts to a winter season in recent memory. Lake Tahoe resorts continue to lead the pack thanks to another powerful winter storm that dumped more than two feet of fresh snow at higher elevations. This latest storm system was fresh on the heels of the snowiest November on record with massive La Niña storms peeling off the Pacific Ocean dropping over 10 feet of snow in less than a week. Season snowfall totals in Lake Tahoe have now crested the 15 foot mark.
Skiers and snowboarders on the slopes of Lake Tahoe have been enjoying a perfect blend of timely snowfall followed by classic bluebird powder days. This trend looks to continue through the upcoming holidays with the forecast calling for a potent storm system starting this Friday to provide upwards of ten feet of snow at higher elevations.
According to Matt Wanink with the Western Weather Group, “This series of storms currently tracking towards the Lake Tahoe resorts looks to be on par with the record-setting snowstorms experienced by the region in late November. The most recent computer models are predicting nightly snowfall totals to be measured in feet rather than inches with storm snowfall totals very likely to eclipse the ten foot mark at higher elevations.”
For the third straight season, the Ski Lake Tahoe resorts will be in full operations in time for Christmas boasting top-to-bottom skiing and snowboarding on some of the deepest base depths in the country. Guests can expect to enjoy mid-winter conditions with more resort options in close proximity than any other winter destination in North America, including over 124 lifts, 600 trails and over 15,000 acres of legendary terrain.
Destination travelers headed to Lake Tahoe for the holidays can choose from an impressive lineup of family-friendly festivities both on and off the slopes. Santa sightings, Nutcracker performances, open sleigh rides and torchlight parades are certain to spread Christmas cheer throughout the festively decorated modern mountain villages found on both shores of the lake. The weeklong celebrations will culminate in the wildest winter destination New Year’s Eve block party that annually attracts tens of thousands of revelers to the region. The resorts are also offering a number of family-focused New Year’s Eve celebrations including kid’s concerts, balloon drops, torchlight parades and fireworks displays that hinge upon midnight on the East Coast allowing the little ones to be in bed at a reasonable hour.
Lake Tahoe continues to offer the most affordable stay-and-ski packages in the country with rates starting as low as $65 per person for lift tickets and lodging. Destination travelers can also take advantage of discount air carriers offering unbeatable fares into the Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RTIA) which has never experienced a closure due to snow. Located less than an hour from the slopes, RTIA was recently named the number one airport in the nation in terms of new flights thanks to the addition of 17 new flights this year, now totaling 72 daily departures to 15 non-stop cities and one-stop service to almost anywhere in the world.
Vacation planners can visit the newly redesigned SkiLakeTahoe.com website to view the latest ski deals and discount packages offered by all seven world-class resorts surrounding Lake Tahoe.