Lake Tahoe ski resorts report higher numbers for Christmas weekend
December 28, 2009
LAKE TAHOE and#8212; The holiday ski rush is plowing along, with local resorts reporting above-average boosts in visits over the Christmas weekend.
And the crowds kept coming Monday, said Rachael Woods, spokeswoman for Alpine Meadows and Homewood Mountain ski resorts. At midday Monday, Alpineand#8217;s parking lot was near capacity and caravans of cars were still filing in.
and#8220;Today is Monday after a first major holiday, and Iand#8217;d imagine many people decided to spend Christmas at home and then travel here after the holidays,and#8221; Woods said.
Over at Squaw Valley USA, Christine Horvath, the resort’s director of marketing, reported an above-average turnout for the Christmas weekend.
and#8220;Weand#8217;re significantly above our last yearand#8217;s numbers, and I think we’re going to see this next week really raise the bar in the number of visitors and our overall percentages,and#8221; Horvath said.
Citing snowfall as the obvious advantage, she said the resort has recorded 133 inches of snow to date, an amount equaling more than a quarter of its 450 inches of average annual snowfall.
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and#8220;I would say that the holidays are really when the season gets going,and#8221; she said. Horvath also pointed to events like the resort’s upcoming North Lake Tahoe Olympic Heritage Celebration Jan. 8-17, saying those events will help sustain or push crowd numbers after the New Year’s weekend.
At Diamond Peak Ski Resort, special events coordinator Barb Archer said the resort has been bombarded by new visitors showing up for lessons. Skier visit totals have risen from a pre-season average of 1,000 people a day to about 2,500 to 3,000 people over the holiday weekend, she said.
and#8220;We’re not feeling the economy at all,and#8221; Archer said and#8220;It’s great to see the crowds out there this year, and we hope the trend continues.”
Exact skier visit totals from the holiday weekend weren’t immediately available, resort spokeswomen said.