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RELEASE DATE: Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Significant Tahoe Snowfall of 3-5 Feet Makes for Promising Spring Season

Mother Nature and the lucky Leprechaun found powder at the end of the rainbow with a late season storm that dropped 5-9 feet of new snow at Tahoe South (http://www.tahoesouth.com) resorts this past weekend, which will provide great spring skiing conditions through Easter weekend and beyond. Forecasts predict sunny skies throughout the week. 

South Lake Tahoe is one of the ultimate spring skiing/riding destinations for families, party-goers, powder hounds and sun worshipers alike. Heavenly, Sierra and Kirkwood are amped for this last push into spring, combined with unmatched late-season weather, a laid-back Tahoe vibe and a plethora of indoor and outdoor activities help Tahoe South stand out in the crowd.

"This storm sets us up for another unparalleled spring season – powder, corduroy, afternoon corn snow and sunshine," said Carol Chaplin, executive director of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. "Party-goers can expect ample amounts of snow combined full slate of events and entertainment on and off the slopes."

A fleet of city and state snow removal vehicles around the Lake Tahoe Basin will be keeping the 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 www.nevadadot.com or 877-687-6237. Travelers can also get up-to-the-minute online road information and more on their smart phones at NV.mobi.

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 Web Cams – 775-586-7000; Sierra-at-Tahoe Web Cams – 530-659-7475; Kirkwood Web Cams – 209-258-3000 and Heavenly Village Web Cams

Special Events/Competitions:

The Stateline Showdown Slopestyle series concludes March 24 at Heavenly's Ante Up Terrain Park. Skiers and riders of all ages are welcome to enter. Plenty of prizes and a huge cash grand prize for the final event. (530) 542-5133.

A one day musical event, High Up Fest, brings together the popular Reggae movement with rock and hip hop. Kirkwood will host a national line-up of musical acts on March 24. Artists include Collie Buddz, The Movement and Kelley James. Tickets are available online at highupfest2012.com.

Sierra will host the all-day Women's Camp Presented by Gnu Girls, March 25, with specially trained female instructors to build self-confidence and skills in a variety of categories: beginners, running gates, park/halfpipe, steeps or backcountry escape. www.sierraattahoe.com

The annual Spring Loaded at Heavenly, March 31 – April 15, combines the best of spring and winter together with wo weeks of parties, pond skimming, concerts, the Gunbarrel 25 and springtime mischief. Ski or ride all day and party all night. www.skiheavenly.com/springloaded

The Tahoe Queen, an authentic Mississippi paddlewheeler, is offering Après Ski Cruise every Wednesday through spring. The Tahoe Queen has brought back its popular Ski Shuttle on Tuesdays and Thursdays through April from Ski Run Marina to Northstar. www.laketahoecruises.com

2012 Showroom Entertainment:

The 2012 Harrah’s South Shore Room lineup includes: Rock Sugar, March 24; Blue Oyster Cult, March 31; Ozomatli, April 7; Little Feat, April 14; Chickenfoot, May 4-5; Rick Springfield, May 12. www.harrahslaketahoe.com  

MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa’s 2012 features: George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelics, March 22; comedian Rob Schneider, March 24; BANFF Mountain Film Festival, April 2; Yonder Mountain String Band with special guest Bird Brown, April 12. MontBleu is offering its “Buy 2, Get the 3rd Night Free” lodging packages through May 25, book by April 3. www.montbleuresort.com

Illusion Fusion is a new family-friendly, high-energy show in South Shore starring award-winning magician Alex Ramon, nightly (Thurs.-Mon.) in the Golden Cabaret at Horizon Casino. It features mind-blowing illusions, slight-of-hand close-up, audience interaction and never-before-seen magic. Tickets are $24.95, with free tickets on Sundays for kids 12 and under (one free ticket with each paid adult).

For real promotions, packages, conditions and events in Tahoe South, The Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority is on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TahoeSouth, Twitter: www.twitter.com/SouthShoreTahoe, YouTube: www.youtube.com/LTVA and now the Tahoe South mobile app in the App Store and Android Market. For information about Tahoe South, call 1-800-AT-TAHOE (1-800-288-2463) or visit www.tahoesouth.com.

Contact: Jenn Boyd or Phil Weidinger, Weidinger Public Relations, 775-588-2412 or jennifer@weidingerpr.com

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About the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Set at 6,300’, Tahoe South combines the distinctive appeal of two worlds: spectacular natural beauty and a modern tourism destination. That ageless splendor and an emerging economic diversity toward health and wellness, green business practices and sustainability continue to define its inimitable personality. For information about lodging, recreation and family packages at Tahoe South, 1-800-AT-TAHOE (1-800-288-2463) or log onto www.TahoeSouth.com.

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