South Lake Tahoe, CA…Winter and snow sport enthusiasts gobbled up the Thanksgiving holiday snowfall with up to two-feet at Tahoe South’s ski resorts and a foot at lake level. A chance of more snow is possible Wednesday and Thursday with traces of accumulation. Heavenly Mountain Resort, Kirkwood Mountain Resort and Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort are open for the winter 2016-17 season and will open more terrain as conditions allow www.tahoesouth.com.
“The early season snowfall is perfect timing for the holidays and sets the tone for another memorable, powder-filled winter,” said Carol Chaplin, president and CEO of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. “It’s a magical time of the year with festive lights/décor, fresh snow blanketing the pine trees, and cozying up by the fireplace after a day on the slopes.”
South Shore accommodations are filling up quickly with the combination of Tahoe’s timeless beauty, winter conditions, and special events to celebrate the holidays.
Winter Ignite rings in the ski season at the Heavenly Village with a high-energy performance from Cold War Kids, an American indie rock band from Long Beach, Calif., Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. The free concert by Heavenly Mountain Resort serves as a celebration for winter adventures on the mountain combined with 24-7 nightlife and entertainment. The after party is at Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe with dancing, live music and drink specials (www.skiheavenly.com).
Heavenly Holidays kicks the season into high gear, a two-week adventure Dec. 19-31 at Heavenly Village. The family festival entails ice sculptors, DJs and live music, magicians and a visit with Santa. The event ends with a New Year’s Eve celebration, including a live outdoor concert at Heavenly Village and countdown to the brightly-lit gondola ball-drop with fireworks starting at 9 p.m. The New Year’s Eve party continues with live music/DJ’s, dancing, imbibing, and gaming at all of the casino nightclubs: Vinyl at Hard Rock, Peek at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe and Opal at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa. (www.skiheavenly.com).
The highly anticipated SnowGlobe Music Festival returns, Dec. 29-31, with electronic sights and sounds leading into the New Year. The three-day dance party outside at Lake Tahoe Community College features nationally renowned headliners The Chainsmokers, Flume, Major Lazer and many more. SnowGlobe will also feature dynamic fireworks displays and “big air” snowboarding and skiing demos between main stage sets (www.snowglobemusicfestival.com).
During snowfall, a fleet of city and state snow removal vehicles work around the Lake Tahoe Basin to keep roads clear and safe for travel. Caltrans has current California road conditions at www.dot.ca.gov or 1-800-427-ROAD (7623) or 916-445-7623. For road conditions in Nevada, contact the Nevada Department of Transportation at http://nvroads.com or 877-687-6237.
For the most up-to-date information on snowfall, mountain base depths and road conditions in South Lake Tahoe, check area ski resort web sites and cams or call snow phones Heavenly: 775-586-7000; Sierra-at-Tahoe: 530-659-7475; Kirkwood: 209-258-3000.