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Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts Open Early for the 2012-13 Season

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The combination of recent powerful storms and ideal temperatures for snowmaking has allowed a number of the Lake Tahoe ski resorts to move up their opening dates for the 2012-13 season. With chairlifts now scheduled to start turning this Wednesday, November 14th, skiers and snowboarders are rejoicing at the news of an extended powder-hunting season with the return of the same El Niño weather pattern responsible for Lake Tahoe resorts remaining open through Fourth of July during previous seasons.

With another major storm system tracking towards the region in advance of the Thanksgiving holidays, the resorts have announced plans to open an impressive amount of terrain and chairlifts for this time of year with top-to-bottom trails and carvable conditions being touted on both sides of the lake. Guests will be able to choose from a wide variety of resorts with six of the seven Ski Lake Tahoe resorts scheduled to be open for Thanksgiving. The updated opening dates are as follows:

Heavenly Mountain Resort: Wednesday, November 14th
Northstar California Resort: Wednesday, November 14th
Kirkwood Mountain Resort: Friday, November 16th
Squaw Valley: Friday, November 16th
Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe: Wednesday, November 21st
Sierra-at-Tahoe: Thursday, November 22nd (conditions permitting)
Alpine Meadows: Friday, December 7th (earlier opening possible, conditions permitting)

In addition to incredible early season conditions, skiers and snowboarders can take advantage of shoulder season rates on stay-and-ski packages during the months of November and December. Travelers can visit the Deals and Packages page on SkiLakeTahoe.com to peruse the latest offers on lift tickets and lodging including the Ski Lake Tahoe Six-Pack Lift Ticket boasting six days of skiing or snowboarding at all seven top-rated resorts for only $299.

The resorts are also planning numerous kick-off events and slope-side celebrations to get the season started on a high note. Free concerts, après ski parties and movie premieres will all add to the festive atmosphere which is sure to reach a fever pitch at the lake-wide casino properties boasting 24/7 nightlife options and big-name entertainment.

The Lake Tahoe resorts will be showcasing more than $100 million in ongoing capital improvements that have vastly enhanced the on-mountain experience and added to the countless variety of family-friendly attractions available off the slopes. The Reno-Tahoe International Airport has also completed more than $27 million in recent renovations including streamlined baggage handling, the security checkpoint of the future and upgraded restaurant and shopping options. Additional nonstop flights and the opening of the entirely new Interstate 580 have also combined to improve access to the region.

For complete details on booking a winter getaway to Lake Tahoe, please visit SkiLakeTahoe.com to conveniently access resort profiles, weather forecasts, real-time snow reports, webcams and discounts on both lift tickets and lodging.

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