With more than 4 feet of snow, Lake Tahoe resorts prepare for big spring ski season | SierraSun.com

With more than 4 feet of snow, Lake Tahoe resorts prepare for big spring ski season

LAKE TAHOE and#8212; The following press release was submitted Thursday morning from Ski Lake Tahoe, a promotional group composed of Alpine Meadows, Heavenly Mountain Resort, Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe, Northstar California Resort, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort and Squaw Valley. Learn more at http://www.skilaketahoe.com.


True to form, the month of March has brought a series of powerful winter storms, dropping more than four feet of fresh snow on the slopes at Lake Tahoe ski resorts, ensuring favorable, lasting spring conditions for the region.

Countless deals, special events, spectator-friendly competitions and 24/7 entertainment options are planned through the end of the season, making Lake Tahoe the must-visit spring destination for travelers in search of exceptional skiing and snowboarding and limitless fun.

Skiers and snowboarders have been sinking bottomless powder turns on the slopes in Lake Tahoe this past week, reveling in some of the deepest conditions of the season, and forecasters are now calling for bluebird skies for the upcoming weekend.

Although one would not know it from the marshmallow-like snowdrifts covering barbecue grills and picnic tables, the month of March typically signals the arrival of spring in Lake Tahoe, which is accompanied by seasonal discounts on lift ticket and lodging packages.

Savvy travelers are taking advantage of these deals to enjoy the best skiing conditions of the season at affordable spring prices.

In addition to incredible snow conditions and deep discounts, this spring in Lake Tahoe will feature a full line-up of special events, spectator-friendly competitions, live concerts and a palpable party atmosphere.

Alpine Meadows will be one of numerous North Shore resorts welcoming the return of the annual SnowFest!, from March 2-11 with a weekand#8217;s worth of fun-filled events celebrating the winter season. The largest winter carnival West of the Mississippi, the festivities include hometown parades, ice carving extravaganzas, polar bear swims, firework displays and numerous free public events.

Guests can lock in four unrestricted days of skiing and riding plus four free Friday afternoons at both Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley by purchasing a Tahoe Super 4 pack for just $289 for adults or $119 for kids ages 5-12. Visit http://www.skialpine.com for details.

In addition to its popular Unbuckled apres ski parties every Friday and Saturday, Heavenly Mountain Resort will once again be hosting Winter Snow Blast Weekends this season on March 17-18 and April 14-15, combining world-class skiing and riding with DJs, live concerts, giveaways, drink specials and appearances by the Heavenly Angels.

The resort is also showcasing its cutting-edge terrain parks designed by Snow Park Technologies during the upcoming Stateline Showdown Series March 10 and March 24 with a huge cash purse up for grabs. Guests can spend spring at Heavenly for as low as $85 per person for lift tickets and lodging. Log on to http://www.skiheavenly.com for further information.

Kirkwood Mountain Resort is bringing a perfect blend of backcountry clinics, music and yoga to its slopes during the inaugural Freeride Flow Festival March 16-18 followed by the High Up Fest March 24 featuring reggae superstars Collie Budz, Kelley James and the Movement. The resort has once again been chosen to host the North Face Masters of Snowboarding March 29-April 1 along with the North American Freeskiing Championships April 4-8 making for an action-packed lineup of springtime events and competitions. Stay and ski packages start as low as $88 per person for lift tickets and lodging. For more information, visit http://www.kirkwood.com.

Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe has partnered with a number of Reno casino properties to offer stay and ski packages starting as low as $79 for lift tickets and lodging. The resortand#8217;s Happy Landings program also rewards destination guests who ski the same day as their flight with a free lift ticket to be used another day. The resort will be the site of the Stake Your Claim technical freeride competition March 3 showcasing the best up-and-coming skiers as they vie for an all expenses trip to Valdez, AK to participate in the Tailgate Alaska Freeride Festival. Further details can be found at http://www.mtrose.com.

Home to a new 22-Foot signature Superpipe designed by Shaun White, Northstar California is a springtime mecca for those in search of sunny weather and a progressive terrain park scene. Northstar has announced its new First Tracks program, offered every Saturday through the end of the season, allowing a select few to get first dibs on the resortand#8217;s award-winning corduroy and legendary tree skiing including access to the new Promised Land chairlift and breakfast at the recently constructed Zephyr Lodge. Northstar is now offering 30 percent off lodging through the end of the season. Visit http://www.NorthstarCalifornia.com for more information.

Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort welcomes the ninth annual Telegrass Festival to its slopes April 7 combining telemark clinics, bluegrass music and plenty of handcrafted beer from local breweries. The resort also welcomes an influx of spring breakers each season during its College Weeks March 19-23 and March 26-30 during which students are eligible for a $56 full day lift ticket upon presentation of a valid college identification card. The resort has teamed up with Montbleu Resort Casino and Spa to offer stay and ski packages starting as low as $81. Surf on over to http://www.sierraattahoe.com for the entire lowdown.

The legendary terrain under Squaw Valleyand#8217;s KT-22 chairlift will be the proving grounds for the spectator-friendly Rahlves Banzai Tour this weekend March 3-4 combining big mountain riding with the head-to-head action of skier/boarder-cross. The resort will also be paying tribute to celebrated skier Shane McConkey during the annual Pain McShlonkey Classic March 23-24 which serves as a hilarious tribute to the local legend with competitors vying for the coveted Golden Saucer and bragging rights. The resort is offering a Winter Weekday Special with stay-and-ski packages starting as low as $77 per person for lift tickets and lodging in the heart of The Village at Squaw Valley. Log on to http://www.squaw.com for complete details.

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