Lake Tahoe skiing: Major Christmas Eve powder storm sets region up with epic weekend conditions (w/ photo gallery) |

Lake Tahoe skiing: Major Christmas Eve powder storm sets region up with epic weekend conditions (w/ photo gallery)

Kevin MacMillan |

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TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Christmas Day 2015 — go ahead and mark this one down as one to remember.

Thanks to a series of major storms this week, ski resorts throughout Lake Tahoe-Truckee are offering locals and visitors some of the best Christmas weekend terrain in recent memory.

“The series of winter storms we’ve received throughout the month have set us up to offer some of the best holiday season snow conditions we’ve had in years,” Kevin Mitchell, general manager of Homewood Mountain Resort, said this week.

Simply put: After four straight mild winters — when some ski resorts were barely able to offer ANY skiing by Christmas — Lake Tahoe’s wintry wait is finally over.

“Tahoe is a very happy place right now!”Marcie BradleyNorthstar California

After one of the largest storms in several years dumped anywhere from 2 to 5 five feet of wet snow throughout the Truckee-Tahoe region from Saturday, Dec. 19, through Tuesday, Dec. 22, a second storm blasted the region all day on Christmas Eve, bringing an extra 1 to 2 feet of fresh powder just in time for clear skies on Christmas Day and all weekend long.

Don’t believe us? Well, check out what the crew at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows boasted this week between storms, after announcing plans to have its full 6,000 acres open for Christmas, conditions permitting: “This is only the 5th time in the resort’s 60-year history that this has been possible.”

Resorts throughout the region have similar plans, offering top-to-bottom skiing all weekend long, with places like Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe, Sugar Bowl, Diamond Peak and others offering 100 percent terrain, too.

“The season is off to a phenomenal start with the entire mountain already open, and mid-winter conditions leading into the holidays,” Mike Pierce, marketing director at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe, said this week. “The holidays will certainly be merry and bright this year, as skiers and riders can expect some of the best snow conditions we’ve had in the region in four years.”

Added Marcie Bradley, Senior Communications Manager at Northstar California, on Christmas Eve: “It’s gorgeous on the mountain today, and we have happy guests everywhere filled with the holiday spirit – the fresh snow really is icing on the cake.

“…Tahoe is a very happy place right now!”

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