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Lake Tahoe again named top destination by Orbitz

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For the second straight year, The Orbitz Insider Ski Index has named Lake Tahoe the No. 1 ski destination.

The ranking for 2008 is based on hotel rooms and vacation-package bookings on Orbitz.com.

“Travelers understand that South Lake Tahoe offers a world-class experience at affordable prices all season long,” said Carol Chaplin, executive director of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority.

Orbitz.com is an online travel Web site that includes information on national and international destinations.

The Orbitz recognition followed the selection by NBC’s “Today” show of Lake Tahoe as one of the top picks for winter travel in its “Budget Breaks: Beautiful Weekend Getaways” feature that aired Oct. 18.

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South Lake Tahoe area resort officials said they’re honored by the designation.

“With the obvious centerpiece of Lake Tahoe and the number of world-class ski and snowboarding options around the lake makes Lake Tahoe an obvious choice for discerning travelers,” said Daniel Pistoresi, spokesman for Kirkwood Mountain Resort.

Sierra-at-Tahoe spokeswomen Kirsten Cattell said the resort is “thrilled Lake Tahoe has been recognized for the second year in a row.”

“We’re are looking forward to welcoming guests from all over the country and particularly Northern California who are looking to get away without going far from home,” she said.

Affordability also may play a factor into this year’s designation. Sierra-at-Tahoe is gearing up for the season by offering value pricing. “We know our core market is going to be very budget-conscious this ski season, so customers should look for great deals at Sierra-at-Tahoe this winter,” Cattell said.

Heavenly Mountain Resort spokesman Russ Pecoraro said the recognition is deserving and adds to the anticipation of the ski and snowboard season.

“We’re going to start snowmaking … and we are looking forward to our Nov. 21 opening day,” he said.