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Home Things to Do Winter Fun Ski Lake Tahoe Resorts Enhancing 2010-11 Guest Experience: Part One

Ski Lake Tahoe Resorts Enhancing 2010-11 Guest Experience: Part One

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Following a season of near-record snowfall and skier visits, the seven Ski Lake Tahoe resorts head into the 2010-11 winter season with new resort improvements and guest amenities that will enhance the mountain experience and set the industry standard for the ultimate winter vacation.

Couple these accomplishments with new five-star caliber lodging properties, restaurants, one-of-a-kind attractions and the most affordable, quality ski vacations of any U.S. ski destination, and Lake Tahoe is the obvious choice for a truly memorable ski vacation.

In this two-part series, we first give you an overview of what you can expect this upcoming season at Lake Tahoe, one of the West's premier vacation and recreation centers. In part two, we'll detail some of the enhancements at each of the seven resorts.

A top winter destination choice

More than merely a getaway, the visitor experience in Lake Tahoe centers around an active-minded, sustainable lifestyle enriched with outdoor adventure, entertainment, luxury and a welcoming sense of camaraderie found only on the West Coast.

Lake Tahoe, a destination which encompasses parts of northern California and Nevada, continues to remain a top choice among winter destination travelers as evidenced by the region being named the number one ski and travel destination from mainstream travel booking web sites such as TripAdvisor, Orbitz and Travelocity over the last four years.

Lake Tahoe's affordable vacation packages and unbeatable value proposition contributed to the 17-percent growth in skier visitation numbers last season, more than four times the increase reported on a national level.

The destination offers a savings phenomenon that lures travelers back through the combination of discount airfares into the Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RTIA), incredibly low priced rooms at area hotels and casino resorts, affordable local transportation and generally lower priced lift tickets that in total enable significant savings.

Continuing to respond to economic trends, the Ski Lake Tahoe resorts have positioned recession-minded offers including the most affordable ski-and-stay packages in the country starting at $79 and learn to ski and ride packages at $25 per day in addition to special deals and incentives for kids, families and novices.

For the 2010-11 winter season, the Ski Lake Tahoe resorts plan to unveil a number of breakthroughs designed to further enhance the guest experience including significant investments geared toward families and new entrants to winter sports.

Guests will find new interactive technologies to aid the on-mountain experience, a first-of-its-kind in North America youth lift safety system, new high-flying attractions and new beginner-friendly terrain and lifts.

Capital investments continue from shore-to-shore at all seven Ski Lake Tahoe resorts including new on-mountain developments, base area improvements, sustainable energy initiatives, slope-side amenities and new lifts that demonstrate the progress of several of the resorts' master development plans.

Great food and nightlife

Once off the mountain, Lake Tahoe continues to bolster its status as America's winter destination entertainment capital by combining 24/7 nightlife with award-winning restaurants and world renowned chefs.

Close to a dozen new restaurants are slated to open around the shores of Lake Tahoe this year and the region continues to draw big-name entertainers such as Elton John, Kenny Chesney, Stevie Nicks and Snoop Dogg. The slopes surrounding Lake Tahoe will once again play host to the largest and longest lasting winter destination New Year's Eve celebrations imaginable, ranging from unique restaurant and nightclub parties to massive, outdoor block parties within walking distance.

Still celebrating their recent Olympic success, local Olympic athletes will be involved in clinics and public ski and snowboard events this season as well as competing in several top ski and snowboard competitions that are slated to take place at the Ski Lake Tahoe resorts.

In addition to its longstanding events in the disciplines of downhill, mogul and freeskiing, this season Lake Tahoe will also play host to a number of new events based on the growing sport of Skier Cross and also welcome one of the premiere Nordic competitions in North America.

While many airports have been forced to reduce or discontinue air service through the changing economy, RTIA actually increased the number of airlines and added 17 new flights into the region this year, including additional service from the East Coast.

The recently remodeled airport now offers 72 daily departures to 15 non-stop cities and one-stop service to almost anywhere in the world. Located less than an hour from the slopes, RTIA has never experienced a closure due to snow and the discounted airfare and "Bags Fly Free" policy of its dominant carrier, Southwest Airlines, resonates well with winter enthusiasts.

Coming up in Part Two: What's new at Alpine Meadows, Heavenly Mountain Resort, Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe, Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort, and Squaw Valley USA.

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